A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath
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Spc. 4 Lural Lee Blevins III
1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment/A Battery

Blevins was killed in Thua Thien by hostile small arms fire on August 16th, 1968. He is buried at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, New Jersey. His Vietnam Veterans Memorial coordinates are 48W 022. He was survived by his wife Brenda and their 22-month-old, daughter, Alonda, as well as his father, Lural Blevins Jr., his mother, Mrs. Lucy Walker and a sister, Mrs. Irma Johnson.

Blevins was awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Presidential Unit Citation, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.

Blevins was part of the Counteroffensive Phase IV & V Campaigns, the Tet Counteroffensive Campaign, and the Counteroffensive, Phase III Campaign.

Blevins attended Thomas Alva Edison High School in Philadelphia, which lost more students in the Vietnam War than any other school in the nation.

"Lural Lee Blevins died in an action worthy of the Medal of Honor for which I submitted his name. I was told that it had been downgraded to a Distinguished Service Cross, but during the course of research for this book, I found that the award was never processed. This is something I’m working to correct."

-- Chuck