17 men from Washington County die in Vietnam

  Seventeen men from Washington County died in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War:

    Army Spc. 4 Edward Ralph Glenn, Jr., 20, of Hagerstown, was killed in action after his armored personnel carrier ran over a land mine on Jan. 17, 1967.

 

    Marine Cpl. Douglas Lee Tracy, 23, of Hagerstown, killed in action by small-arms fire on Jan. 26, 1967.

 

    Marine Lance Cpl. Kenneth Lamar Deavers, Jr., 19, Williamsport, killed in action in combat on Feb. 7, 1967.

 

    Marine Lance Cpl. Ralph Preston Flint, Jr., 19, of Hagerstown, killed in action by artillery/mortar/rocket on May 28, 1967.

 

    Army Sgt. Ronald M. Adams, 37, of Cascade, killed in action by explosive device on Dec. 29, 1967.

 

    Army Sgt. Harry Lee Watkins, Jr., 22, of Hagerstown, killed in action on Jan. 9, 1968.

 

    Army Pfc. Harry Leon Ecton, 20, of Boonsboro, killed in action by small-arms fire on Jan. 31, 1968.

 

    Army Sgt. Jack Allen Beard, 21, of Boonsboro, killed in action by grenade on Feb. 5, 1968.

 

    Marine Pfc. John Franklin Hutzell, 19, of Williamsport, killed in action by small-arms fire on April 30, 1968.

 

    Marine Pfc. George Edgar Massie, 20, of Clear Spring, killed in action in combat in South Vietnam on May 24, 1968.

 

    Army Pfc. Nolan Daryl Byrd, 20, of Hagerstown, killed in action by artillery/mortar/ rocket in South Vietnam on Dec. 3, 1968.

 

    Army Cpl. Orville Lee Knight, 20, of Keedysville, killed in action by grenade in South Vietnam on April 8, 1969.

 

    Army Sgt. Otto Philip Barnhart, 21, of Hancock, killed in action in helicopter crash in South Vietnam on April 23, 1969.

 

    Army Spc. 4 William “Billy” Lewis McGowan, 18, of Hagerstown, killed in action by a rocket-propelled grenade in South Vietnam on May 14, 1969.

 

    Master Sgt. James Erwin Dodd, 43, of Fort Ritchie, died as a result of a heart-related illness on March 8, 1970.

 

    Army Cpl. Hugh Julius Ronneberg, 20, of Hagerstown, killed in action by grenade on March 18, 1970.

 

    Army Spc. 4 Ronald Lee Sanbower, 20, of Smithsburg, died as a result of a helicopter crash on April 14, 1971.


Sources:  National Archives’ Vietnam Conflict Extract Data File and the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County.

- Herald-Mail ... 1/14/2017