October 8, 2019

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Mark Tinker on November 1, 2019 7:04 PM
Dave Mixter was a cool and funny guy. To put a finer point on the remembrances here so far, below is an entry on the website of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
RIP, David.


David Ives Mixter 
Date of birth: January 22, 1949 
Date of death: MIA: January 29, 1971 
Home of record: Darien Connecticut 
Status: MIA 


Silver Star 

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant David Ives Mixter, United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Special Operations Augmentation, Command and Control Detachment Central, 5th Special Forces Group ( Airborne), 1st Special Forces, gallantry in action on 29 January 1971, while serving as a member of a joint American/Vietnamese reconnaissance team on a mission deep in enemy controlled territory. After being inserted on 29 January the team moved from the landing zone and into dense jungle. The team had stopped for a security break when Sergeant Mixter detected enemy movement nearby. He readied himself for combat and alerted his team members to danger. Soon the lead element of a force estimated to be two squads of enemy soldiers came into view, and Sergeant Mixter fired on them. The enemy returned fire with rockets, small arms, and automatic weapons. Realizing they were greatly outnumbered, the team began to withdraw while Sergeant Mixter remained in his position to deliver covering fire. By his holding the enemy at bay, his fellow soldiers were able to escape the deadly trap. When Sergeant Mixter attempted to rejoin his team, a B-40 rocket landed directly in front of him, wounding him seriously. The remainder of the team was forced to withdraw from the area by the overwhelming enemy firepower and was safely extracted an hour later. Sergeant Mixter's selfless actions gave them the precious seconds they needed to reach safety. Sergeant Mixter's gallantry and self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him and the United States Army. 
General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 15 (March 30, 1972) 

Action Date: January 29, 1971 

Service: Army 

Rank: Sergeant 

Company: Command and Control Detachment Central 

Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) 

Division: 1st Special Forces
Jim Morrison on November 3, 2019 11:26 AM
Thanks Mark
Mark Tinker on November 3, 2019 11:54 AM
Gotta show respect for you guys who served.
Heuvel on November 3, 2019 12:09 PM
I like the plaque at Darien Town Hall:

They paid for our freedom with their blood
All Gave Some - Some Gave All. 

Jim Morrison on November 8, 2019 8:20 PM
All gave some--5 gave all. 5 FRom Darien gave the ultimate sacrifice from 1966 to 1971. Say a prayer this Nov 11 for their souls. 

Jim Morrison on October 8, 2019 7:48 AM
 Congrats to Dick Costello about his dad being honored. I would like to suggest that they honor David Mixture also who was killed in combat Jan. 29,1971 while serving with Special Forces. I was about 10 miles away and never knew he was there.  
peter white on October 21, 2019 8:19 AM
Thanks Jim. Just a head's up, Dave's last name is spelled "Mixter". It's my recollection that his father served as a Marine during WW2...
Jim Morrison on October 21, 2019 7:36 PM
On Jan 29th Dave was killed during the operation by the ARVNs in Laos. His body was never recovered and for years he was listed as missing. Dave was a Sgt in Special Forces which is no small feat. God rest his soul.
Heuvel on October 21, 2019 4:52 PM
Jim - You also should have a street named Morrison. And maybe we can get Doc something too!
Jim Morrison on October 21, 2019 7:31 PM
I think the proper street would be Doc House or the Darien Police Station

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