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8/7/69 CM1 Milford M. Tognazzini, Santa Maria, CA., Quang Tri, NMCB 11
Milford Marvin Tognazzini
PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Santa Maria, California
Date of birth: Monday, 05/07/1934

MILITARY DATA
Service: Navy (Regular)
Grade at loss: E6
Rank: Construction Mechanic 1st Class
ID No: 573408337
MOS: CM Construction Mechanic
LenSvc: Between 8 and 9 years
Unit: A CO, NMCB-11, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV

CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: Sunday, 06/15/1969
Cas Date: Thursday, 08/07/1969
Age at Loss: 35
Remains: Body Recovered
Location: Quang Tri, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, Died
Reason: Misadventure - Ground Casualty

http://www.virtualwall.org/dt/TognazziniMM01a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 20W Line 111

http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/52211/MILFORD-M-TOGNAZZINI

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Milford-Tognazzini07Aug69NMCB/21574878_nxXbWX#!i=1720451039&k=RDWDQzq

Milford is buried at Santa Maria Cemetery, 1501 S. College Drive, Santa Barbara County,Santa Maria, CA. PH
Seventh Section, Plot 75, Grave 6
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Tognazzini&GSiman=1&GScid=8357&GRid=71656009&
Milford Marvin Tognazzini was born on May 7, 1934 and joined the Armed Forces while in Santa Maria, CA. He served as a Construction Mechanic in the Navy Seabees. He was in his third tour of duty with the U.S. Armed Forces. He served with the U.S. Army in Korea and later rejoined the Army. He joined the Seabees late in 1968.
On August 7, 1969, while serving with "A" Company, MCB-11, at Landing Zone Nancy, in the Republic of South Vietnam, he and three other Seabees responded to a call for assistance by an Army mortar platoon firing in support of a friendly unit engaged with the enemy.
When fire broke out in one of the mortar pits and began to spread rapidly to a large amount of ammunition stored nearby, the men, led by CM1 Milford Tognazzini, jumped into a water truck and drove to the burning pit. Simultaneous to this event, an armored personnel carrier, loaded with more ammunition, also caught fire. While attempting to extinguish the burning vehicle, Tognazzini was mortally wounded by exploding ammunition and Dutch Van Tassell, Peter Poillon and James Benge were wounded. MCB-11 was decommissioned a short time later and the men's paperwork, which included proof of their wounds, was lost for thirty years in the Archives at Port Hueneme. The men were finally honored with the Purple Heart on Memorial Day 2001.
From his daughter,
Joan Tognazzini

(Still searching for John T. Brown, Gerald Fitzsimmons, and Roy Adams who will also be able to receive Purple Hearts.)

Detailed pdf by Capt Floyd Robertson:
http://www.steeltigers.org/pics/MortarPlatoonFire1969.pdf


http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Milford-Tognazzini07Aug69NMCB/21574878_nxXbWX#!i=1720451039&k=RDWDQzq

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