Name: Harland Lyle Wilkinson
Pay Grade: E1
Home of Record: Omaha, NE
Birth Date: November 15, 1948
Death Date: September 26, 1969
Cause of Death: ground casualty by an explosive device hostile;
Died in Long An at age 20
The body was recovered.
I got in country the same time as Harland and I remeber him. I was there the evening that he died. I have had a lot of trouble remembering names from back then, but I remember serving in Echo Company with him. I just recently spoke to someone from our unit and that is how I got his name. That is why it took me so long to post this. I thank God for men like him who were willing to give their lives for our freedom. I will never forget the night he died. I spent the whole night awake. It was by far one of the scariest nights of my life. If there is any of his family members reading this I pray for God to give you peace and to give you comfort in dealing with your grief.
I came into vietnam with Harlan. I was wounded when Harland was killed. Along with Jose Rios. I will never forget that night. We had only been in country about 3 weeks. I remember Harlan wore a bush hat that said "only the strong survive". If someone has a photo of him I would like one. I tried to contact his family years ago but was unsuccessful.
This is strange my son came over tonight and showed me what he found when he did a search on his phone he typed in harland and this came up im overwhelmed some things you cant forget i was 12 years old i still remember getting ready for school when the two men showed up in the od green dodge my mother was at work they told harney was mia stay home and went toget my mother i can still see them walking up the drive i cannot even imagine what you remember thank you phil for your service e mail me if you want...