Name: John Herrick Aldrich
Rank: Sergeant / Specialist Five
Pay Grade: E4 Posthumous Promotion
Home of Record: Sheridan, WY
Birth Date: December 22, 1945
Death Date: June 20, 1969
Cause of Death: ground casualty multiple fragmentation wounds hostile; wounds
Died in Dinh Tuong at age 23
The body was recovered.
John (Doc) Aldrich was my D Company, 3rd Platoon Medic when we first arrived at Vinh Kim in the summer of 1969. He was officially assigned to HHC company since he was a medic. He was wounded by a booby trap in Dinh Tuong province. At the time, it looked like a $1m wound that would get him home; however, we were told later (right or wrong) that he contacted pneumonia and died. Our platoon was, of course, shocked and saddened to receive the terrible news. He was a good man.
John (Doc) Aldrich on the left.
John (Doc) Aldrich (D Co 3rd Platoon Medic) is seated furthest to the right with glasses on. Barry Wible (D Co 3rd Platoon Pointman) is seated in the foreground.