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Harold Bascom Durham, Jr.

 
 
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By Bristol Hylan, September 12, 2016
1. Harold Bascom Durham, Jr. Marker
Inscription. Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Battery C, 6th Battalion, 15th Artillery, 1st Infantry Division,. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 17 October 1967, Born 12 October 1942, Rocky Mount, N.C.

Citation:
2D Lt. Durham, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a forward observer with Company D, 2D Battalion, 28th infantry. When contact was made with a concealed enemy force, 2D Lt. Durham immediately moved into an exposed position to adjust the supporting artillery fire. He administered first aid to the wounded in spite of heavy enemy sniper fire. When enemy units assaulted friendly positions, he moved to replace a wounded observer, and the enemy detonated a Claymore mine, severely wounding him in the head. In spite of the intense pain, he continued to direct artillery fire and to employ his individual weapon. As the enemy pressed their attack 2D Lt. Durham called for supporting fire to be placed almost directly on his position, and twice the insurgents were driven back. He refused to seek cover and instead positioned himself in a small clearing to better adjust the fire. He was severely wounded a second time. As he lay near death, he saw two viet cong shooting defenseless wounded men. With his last effort 2D Lt. Durham warned
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By Bristol Hylan, September 12, 2016
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a nearby soldier who killed the insurgents. He died moments later, still grasping the radio handset. 2D Lt. Durham's gallant actions in close combat with an enemy force are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
 
Location. 35° 56.802′ N, 77° 47.704′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Nash County. Marker is at the intersection of North Church Street (Business U.S. 301) and Goldleaf Street, on the right when traveling north on North Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Mount NC 27804, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jim Thorpe (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Operation Dixie (about 600 feet away); Thelonious Monk (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miss Anna Easter Brown (approx. mile away); Douglas Franklin Davis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Junius Daniel Douglas 1874-1973 (approx. half a mile away); Martin Luther King Jr. (approx. 0.6 miles away); This Bell (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Mount.
 
Also see . . .
1. Harold Bascom Durham Jr. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 12, 2016, by Bristol Hylan of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.) 

2. Harold Bascom Durham Jr.
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By Bristol Hylan, September 12, 2016
3. Harold Bascom Durham, Jr. Marker
(Submitted on September 12, 2016, by Bristol Hylan of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, Vietnam
 
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By Bristol Hylan, September 12, 2016
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2016, by Bristol Hylan of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2016, by Bristol Hylan of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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