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Dan Bullock
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Born (1953-12-21)December 21, 1953[1]
Goldsboro, North Carolina[2]
Died June 7, 1969(1969-06-07) (aged 15)
An Hoa Combat Base, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam[2]
Cause of death killed in action
Place of burial Elmwood Cemetery, Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA[1]
Monuments On June 7, 2003 a section of Lee Avenue in Brooklyn, where Bullock lived since age 11, was renamed in his honor.[3]
Ethnicity African American[1]
Citizenship United States
Known for Youngest American KIA in the Vietnam War.[1]

Private First Class Dan Bullock (December 21, 1953 - June 7, 1969) was the youngest American serviceman killed in action during the Vietnam War.

BiographyEdit

Dan Bullock was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He lived in North Carolina until he was about 13, when his mother died and he and his younger sister, Gloria, moved to Brooklyn to live with their father and his wife.[4] There he dreamed of becoming a pilot, or police officer, or U.S. Marine. When he was 14 years old he altered the date on his birth certificate to show he was born December 21, 1949, processed through the recruiting station, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on September 18, 1968. As a member of Platoon 3039 in Parris Island, he graduated from boot camp on December 10, 1968.[5]

Bullock arrived in Vietnam on May 18, 1969 and was assigned as a rifleman in 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was stationed at An Hoa Combat Base in Quang Nam Province. He was killed instantly by small arms fire on June 7, 1969, during a North Vietnamese Army night attack while making an ammunition run to resupply his beleaguered unit. He was 15 years old.[3]

HonorsEdit

On June 7, 2003 a section of Lee Avenue in Brooklyn, where Bullock lived since age 11, was renamed in his honor.[3]

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