Madisonians who died from war in 1967

Lost members of the Madison community
Madisonians who died from war in 1967
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Jan. 12, 1967: Maj. Charles Thomas, 30. East High ’54, UW ’58. Recipient of the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf clusters, Capt. Thoma was killed by a sniper while leading a search-and-destroy mission of the “Black Lion” Second Battalion, Twenty-eighth Infantry, First Infantry Division, in the jungle northwest of Saigon on January 12. The son of retired Army Col. Henry C. Thoma, 4182 Nakoma Road, and Mrs. Clifford Engle, of San Francisco, he was captain of the cross country team, member of the track and wrestling teams, and a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. He was survived by his parents and his wife, the former Beverly Hubbard, and three sons.

January Army Pfc. Thomas E. “Pete” Matush, 21, East High ’64, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Matush, 1959 E. Washington Ave., killed in action.

April 1967: James Clifford, 22, Edgewood Academy 1962, killed by a sniper while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division in the An Lo Valley of South Vietnam. Clifford was three months shy of graduating from Maryknoll Seminary and entering the priesthood when he dropped out to join the Army and go to Vietnam.

April 25, 1967: Spt. 4 Leonard D. Thompson, 22, East High ’65, serving with a tank battalion, killed when the patrol of which he’s a member is ambushed. A member of Plymouth Congregational Church, he worked at Sub-Zero before entering the Army in 1965. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard C. Thompson, 42 Wirth Court.

June 29, 1967: Marine Lance Cpl. Gordon Wayne Stoflet, 20, East High 1965, dies of wounds received in action with the First Battalion of the First Marine Regiment of the First Marine Division on May 13. A member of Holy Cross Church, he is survived by his parents, grandparents, and seven siblings.

August 1967: Sp-4c Vernon J. Stich, 20, son of Vernon Stich, 2112 Atwood Ave., killed in action.

Aug. 27, 1967: Army Cpl. Mark W. Neuman, 20, West High ’65. His father the supervisor of Wisconsin Army recruiting, Neuman volunteered for extra duty in Vietnam as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. The son of Master Sgt. and Mrs. Willard F. Neuman, 1833 Baker Rd., he was killed while on patrol.

Sept. 6, 1967: Navy Hospital Corpsman Ronald Reinke, 20, of 1618 National Ave., killed in action near Da Nang, South Vietnam. A noncombatant responsible for rescue and aid, he had just been awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in earlier action, when he was ordered back into action following a heavy enemy attack.

Nov. 15, 1967: Army Sp-4 Robert P. Casperson II, 24, East High ’62, of 3418 Home Ave., killed in action six months after arriving in country. A Big 8 conference wrestling champion at his weight, Casperson had just recovered from wounds received on Oct. 27 and been reassigned to the front lines.

Dec. 7, 1967: Marine Cpl. James Donn Plecity, 20, West High ’66, of 5743 Kroncke Drive, killed in action.

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