Name: Nicholas Lee Schroeder
Rank: Corporal / Specialist Four
Pay Grade: E3 Posthumous Promotion
Home of Record: Eagle Mountain, CA
Birth Date: January 5, 1950
Death Date: August 7, 1968
Cause of Death: "ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile";
Died in Long An at age 18
The body was recovered.
We grew up in a small mining town in southern California--Eagle Mountain. I was a friend of his from the 2nd grade until he left for the Army. Nicky was a good guy but most saw him as a rebel--one of the "smoking in the boys room" kind of guys. When Nicky came home prior to his deployment to Viet Nam, we were all very proud of him and were all saddened by his death. We lost another friend there too. Robert Dalton was in the 1/8th first Cav. He was KIA December 1969. He won the Bronze Star and his platoon leader Robert Leisy won the MOH in the battle. For a small town, the loss was heavy. RIP brothers.