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DONALD IANDOLI

DONALD IANDOLI

Hometown:
PATERSON

County:
Passaic

Status:
Missing In Action

Rank:
SGT

Branch of Service:
Army

Country of Incident:
SVN

Date of Casualty:
November 19, 1967

Date of Birth:
September 19, 1946


 

Donald Iandoli was born on September 19, 1946. His home of record is Paterson, NJ.


Iandoli served in the US Army and attained the rank of Sergeant (SGT). He was attached to Company C, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Infantry Brigade in the US Army.


On November 19, 1967, Iandoli was listed as missing in action in Vietnam.


Synopsis (from the POW Network) as to the circumstances behind being listed as MIA:
On November 19, 1967, SP4 Croxdale, radio operator, PFC Benjamin D. DeHerrera, squad leader and Sgt. Donald Iandoli, squad leader were members of Company C 503rd Infantry on a Search and Destroy mission in South Vietnam.


At 1435 hours, Companies A, C and D all part of the 503rd Infantry, were in heavy contact with an unknown sized North Vietnamese force and were surrounded. During the operation, Sgt. Iandoli was wounded and was seen in the Company C command post area, along with SP4 Croxdale and PFC DeHerrera. At 1850 hours, a U.S. Marine bomber dropped a 500-pound bomb, which hit the command post area in error, resulting in additional casualties. No remains were recovered that day because of intense enemy activity.


The following day, a search of the area was conducted. The remains of Croxdale, DeHerrera and Iandoli were identified and tagged. However, only the remains of DeHerrera and Croxdale were reported to have been placed on a helicopter en route to Dak To. Following that attack, a 3-day search of the battle area was conducted without success in locating Iandoli. However, as of January 4 1968, the U.S. Army Mortuary at Than San Ut, South Vietnam, had not processed or identified any remains of DeHerrera, Croxdale, or Iandoli, and the location of those remains is unknown.


Croxdale, DeHerrera and Iandoli died the day their command post received fire and are among the dead. They are also listed among the missing because no remains have been returned to their families for burial.


Information provided by the POW Network and NJVVMF.


 

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