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April 28, 2015
Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1084
renamed to honor Leo C. Chase, Jr.

“Leo C. Chase Chapter #1084. Vietnam Veterans of America.”

In Memory of this soldier who gave his life for his country in the Ia Drang Valley during the Pleiku campaign on November 15, 1965.

Leo Chase was the first man from St. Johns County to be killed in Vietnam. The Ia Drang battle where Chase died was dramatized in the book and film, “We Were Soldiers”.

At 23 years old Army Pfc. Leo C. Chase, Jr., was killed while serving with an Airmobile unit in Vietnam. Five days later he would have gone home. Chase’s life served as an inspiration to others before and since his death.

Chase was a rifleman in Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry. He flew into Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley of South Vietnam, near the Cambodian border. The helicopter troops were immediately attacked by thousands of soldiers of the 320th, 33rd and 66th regiments of the North Vietnamese Army in a battle that lasted four days. Outnumbered nearly 10 to 1, Chase and the other members of his platoon bravely repulsed many massive ground assaults from the Viet Cong, all the while taking fire from enemy snipers.

In the end, Chase and many other members of his platoon lost their lives, but not without accomplishing their objective. The American lines held because of the courage and sheer determination of the Seventh Cavalry. 305 Americans and 3,561 North Vietnamese died.

To learn more about Leo C. Chase, Jr please visit the Chase-Rescorla Scholarship Fund established in his memory.


Bob Dinkins – Past President
Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter 1084, St. Johns County, Fl
Contact Bob
“Never leave a veteran behind”
God Bless You and America