Our Queen Anne Classmates
Who Gave Their Lives In Vietnam

Eric Gary Herold
Captian US Army
Class of 1965

Cross Country, Track, 100 Mile Club,
Science Club, Divisional Chariman, Biology Lab. Assist
Start of Tour:  July 5, 1971
Died:  November 12, 1971
Vnih Long, South Vietnam

"Capt. Eric G. Herold was born in 1947 and graduated from Queen Anne in 1965. In high school he ran cross-country and was in the science club. He was in the Sea Scouts, reaching the rank of Quartermaster (equivalent of Eagle Scout) for which he won a trip to Japan. At the University of Washington he studied oceanography and was in the ROTC, graduating in 1969 with his army commission. In Vietnam he was a "pathfinder" leading Vietnamese troops into battle. His medals include the Vietnamese medal of honor equivalent. He never told his parents of his various wounds until, in November of 1971, in the Mekong Delta, he was critically burned while helping soak the bush with gasoline and it ignited from a spark. In a telegram from the hospital he wrote, "I am fine. Please don't worry. I love you. I'll be okay. Love, Eric". Two days later, at age 24, he died. His parents still live on Magnolia. His grave marker shows he was in Vietnam, won the Army Achievement Medal (AM), 3 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC) and the Army Commendation (ARCOM)."  The KUAY, Feb., 1999

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