Jeff Daley

Jeff Daley – U.S. Army

Dates Served: October 1963 – Oct 1969  Duration 6 yrs 1 montth
Base of Operation: Central Highlands Vietnam

Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) -288th Ordnance
US Army – Infantry MOS 11C – Heavy Weapons

24th Infantry Division 1st Battalion, Company C, Augsburg, Germany


The indirect fire infantryman is a member of a mortar squad, section or platoon. The mortar has the most power and range of any weapon in an infantry unit.


Carry out scout missions
Locate and neutralize mines
Set up, load and fire four types of mortars: 60mm, 81mm, 107mm or 120mm
Employ crew and weapons in offensive, defensive and retrograde ground combat
Operate, clean and store automatic weapons
Employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines
Employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines
Proficiency with the functions of all high-density light and heavy weapons
Proficiency with Map Reading and Land Navigation

AWARDS, and CITATIONS                                                                                                                                                         




Presidential Unit Citation

Army Meritorious Unit Citation






Jeff Daley left Germany by way of air to Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) and landed at the Tân Sơn Nhất Airport. As we flew in there were few lights to be seen until we begin a fast descent landing at the airport at about 0230. We rolled to a stop, and all doors opened to exit the craft. People on the ground were directing us to a warehouse looking facility about 50 yards from the aircraft.

Jeff Daley, Army MACV in Da Nang Vietnam (Right) with Dennis R Decker, USMC, 3rd Recon – Circa 1966

Siagon Vietnam

The first thing that hit me was the heat. It felt as if I was walking into a blast furnace, and just taking a breath was an amazing experience. The humidity was high, probably just this side of raining. We moved quickly to the warehouse with the yelling of the ground crews as our background. By the time we got inside, I was already sweating, and I was in excellent physical condition.

Once inside they had the soldiers move together as one group where we were debriefed and received additional orders. The Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) giving instructions was standing on a crate as he spoke smoking a cigarette. The thought that crossed in the back of my mind was how could he smoke and still take a breath of air.

Early in the morning, I was to catch a flight to Pleiku in the central highland region of Vietnam and report to the Command Center in what was called Camp Holloway. Our Caribou landing was noisy as we landed on a PSP (perforated steel planking) runway, a first for me but there would be more to come. It was going to be a new day for Jeff Daley. Map of Vietnam

Vietnam took its toll during, and after the war.

  • KIA:     58,220 – 8 were female
  • WIA: 304,704
  • MIA:      2,338

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KIA = Killed in Action
WIA = Wounded in Action
MIA = Missing in Action

After the war, it was the psychological effects of the U.S. civilian population, combat events, and the gift that keeps on giving called Agent Orange.

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