Warrior Wednesday: PFC Roger Dale Hedden #NeverForgotten

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PFC Roger Dale Hedden
Aug. 25, 1948 to Aug. 12, 1968

PFC Roger Dale Hedden / Photo provided by Thomas Clark & Find A Grave

PFC Roger Dale Hedden / Photo provided by Thomas Clark & Find A Grave

Roger Dale Hedden was from Hartford City, Indiana. He enlisted in the Army and served during the Vietnam Conflict.

From what I can deciper from records, his tour began on June 23, 1968. Rank of Private First Class. He received a grade and posthumous promotion to E3. Served with 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, B Company. Service occupation of Light Weapons Infantry.

Hedden lost his life on August 12, 1968. This occurred in or around South Vietnam, Thua Thien province. Circumstances of casualty attributed to .. “Died through hostile action .. explosive device”.

Burial:
Hartford City Cemetery (also known as: IOOF Cemetery), Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana, USA

Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal

To read messages from his family members visit Together We Served.

Sources:

Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Campaign Medal

The protagonist of my WID is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.
  • Robert L. Hedden

    Dear Melissa,
    I too would like to thank you for honoring our fallen soldiers. This picture brings back a lot of memories, not all of them good. I haven’t seen this picture in years, ( a lot of years). I knew this man pretty well, He is my brother and I miss him so very much. I was only 16 when we got the news that he had been killed but it is a day I will never forget.
    Thanks again
    Robert L. Hedden

    • Robert,
      I’m torn about how to respond. Part of me is happy that I could honor your brother and a part of me wishes it wasn’t necessary. His and your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.

  • Lea Ann Patton

    Thank you for honoring this soldier. I also thank you for the website. I’m going to look up some family members on this site.

    • Lea Ann, I’m so happy my site has helped you begin a journey of family discovery. Thanks for commenting!

      • Lea Ann Patton

        Your welcome. It’s a very interesting site.