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Daniels, Lunas Jonas
Sp4 Lunas Jonas Daniels, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Taylorsville, NC. He was born March 30, 1946 in Taylorsville, North Carolina
Specialist Four Lunas Jonas Daniels was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, SP4 Daniels served our country until February 15th, 1968 in Phong Dinh, South Vietnam. He was 21 years old and was not married. It was reported that Lunas died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. SP4 Daniels is on panel 39E, line 044 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.
He was the son of Mrs Louis E Daniels, Route #5, Box 99, Taylorsville, NC.
He was witn Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, "Old Reliables".
He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
Burial: Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery , Vashti, North Carolina,
Plot: Veteran's Plot
(source: Reece, Jim & Reece Thomas;NC Vietnam KIA/MIA's gravesites)


Deal, Terry Wayne
US Navy Seaman Terry Wayne Deal, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Taylorsville, NC. He was born January 26, 1951 in Taylorsville, North Carolina.
US Navy Seaman Terry Wayne Deal was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy Reserve, Navy Seaman Deal served our country until October 1st, 1972 in North Vietnam. He was 21 years old and was married. It was reported that Terry died from friendly fire. His body was recovered. Navy Seaman Deal is on panel 01W, line 077 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
He served our country for 2 years, aboard the U.S.S. Newport News. Seaman Deal and 19 others perished when a Gun Turret exploded on board the USS Newport News. On that date, at about 01:00 while on a support mission off the coast of Vietnam, an explosion that tore through the center barrel of Gun Turret #2, killed 20 of our shipmates. Some died in the explosion, others died of smoke inhalation. An eight inch projectile jammed inside the center barrel as it was being fired. The powder casing behind the projectile fired inside the barrel, causing an explosion which had no place to go but into the gunner's compartment. Smoke quickly spread throughout the ship putting many of us at risk. Most of the ships company survived but at least 20 did not.
He served on the USS Newport News, (CA-148), 7th Fleet, United States Naval Forces Vietnam.
He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
Burial: Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Taylorsville,North Carolina
Plot: Veteran's Plot
(source: Reece, Jim & Reece Thomas;NC Vietnam KIA/MIA's gravesites)

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