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In Memory of Army SSgt

Theodore Harold Voigt

Wolsey, South Dakota, Beadle County

 April 20, 1944 - September 9, 1967

Died as a result of hostile ground action in Bing Long, South Vietnam

Theodore Harold Voigt was born April 20, 1944 in Mitchell, South Dakota to Theodore D. and Anna Louise (Witt) Voigt. He had four sisters: Caroline, Karen, Judith, and Robin, and four brothers: August, Edward, Vernon, and Michael. He moved with his parents to a farm outside Wessington Springs, South Dakota at the age of two. Later, he lived with the Vern Johnson family and attended high school in Iroquois, South Dakota, where he graduated in 1963.

Theodore Voigt joined the Army on May 31, 1963 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He trained for the Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and was awarded the Green Beret. He began his tour of duty in Vietnam on April 1, 1967, attached to Company A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces.

SSgt Theodore Harold Voigt was killed in Operation Firefight on September 9, 1967 in hostile ground action in Bing Long, South Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Campaign Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation. The award for the Silver Star says, in part:

For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Specialist Five Voigt distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 9 September 1967 while serving a s a Special Forces advisor to a Vietnamese unit on a search and destroy mission deep in hostile territory. Specialist Voigt detected strange sounds outside his perimeter early in the evening and rushed to alert the men in the sector nearest the disturbance. As he moved from man to man, a Viet Cong force attacked with machine guns and small arms. He was severely wounded while standing in the open directing the fire of his men, but refused medical attention to report back to the command post. Finding that his radio would not contact the base camp from that position, he ran through the barrage of enemy fire to a nearby tree. With great difficulty, he carried the radio into the upper branches and established contact with the base. He remained exposed to call for help although the Viet Cong fire concentrated on his precarious position. His dauntless determination inspired his men to greater heights in defeating the enemy. He gave his life while fearlessly leading his men in the face of great danger. Specialist Five Voigtís gallantry in action, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

SSgt. Theodore Harold Voigt is buried at St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery in Wolsey, South Dakota. His name can be found on Panel 26 E, Line 041 of the Vietnam Veteransí Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

12-man honor guard from the Fifth Army, St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Wolsey, SD

This entry was respectfully begun by Reece Big Eagle, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and completed by Mrs. Shirley Swanson, Stanley County Schools. Information was provided by his sister, Robin Cox, Sturgis, South Dakota, and by the Wolsey News, 9/28/67.

 


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