VAN DYKE W MANNERS - PFC
- DATE OF BIRTH:
- November 10, 1945
- DATE OF CASUALTY:
- February 15, 1967
- BRANCH OF SERVICE:
- South Vietnam
Van Dyke William Manners was born November 10, 1945. His home of record is Ringoes, NJ. Van Dyke attended East Amwell Elementary School and was a 1964 graduate of Hunterdon Central High School. He was an enthusiastic athlete who played on the football squad.
Dyke, as he was known, was considered one of the county's best football players. As a 190-pound tackle at Hunterdon Central, he was a member of the Democrat's All-Star Team in 1963, and was rated top lineman in his senior year. After his graduation, he helped his father on the farm.
In July 1965, one year after graduation, Manners volunteered for service in the US Army. He served in Company B, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Division and attained the rank of Private First Class (PFC/E3).
On February 15, 1967, Manners was mortally wounded while in a forward area bunker. He was taken to the US military hospital where he soon died. He was 21 years old.
Sources: Hunterdon Central Regional High School and NJVVMF, Photo from VVMF.
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