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SP5 Steven John Stroub, USA

Executed while a POW

Recounting the fighting near AFVN Hue, one Army trooper was hidden by local Catholic priests. AFVN's Harry Ettmueller [also captured at Hue] writes, "As for the man hid by priests it was John Bagwell an Army E-5 detached from the 1st Cav to AFVN HUE to start radio for the [First] CAV. We were going to become a Class A Station. His bud Steve Stroub was captured with us and then summarily executed while being led out of the area."  Sgt. Ettmueller told this author* that Stroub was executed in the street, and in the presence of Sgt. Ettmueller after both had been captured.

Sgt. Ettmueller further recalls that Stroub was attached to AFVN from the First Cav.* 

From The Wall database:

General / Personal ---
Last name: STROUB
First name: STEVEN JOHN
Home of Record (official):
AUSTIN State (official): MN
Date of Birth: Tuesday, April 29, 1947
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single

Military ---
Branch: Army
Rank: SP5
Serial Number: 16864803
Component: Regular
Pay grade: E5
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 71R20
Major Organization: 1st Cavalry Div

Action ---
Start of Tour: Tuesday, March 21, 1967
Date of Casualty: Monday, February 5, 1968
Age at time of loss: 20
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Thua Thien
The Wall: Panel 37E - Row 045

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*Personal communication between Harry Ettmueller and Robert Morecook, August, 2001

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