MYRON   DIDURYK

MYRON DIDURYK - MAJ

  • HOMETOWN:
  • somerville
  • COUNTY:
  • Somerset
  • DATE OF BIRTH:
  • July 15, 1938
  • DATE OF CASUALTY:
  • April 24, 1970
  • BRANCH OF SERVICE:
  • Army
  • RANK:
  • MAJ
  • STATUS:
  • KIA
  • COUNTRY:
  • South Vietnam

Biography


Myron Diduryk was born on July 15, 1938.  His home of record is Somerville, NJ.  Myron attended St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City from 1952 to 1956.  He lived just around the corner on Green Street.  His family emigrated from the Ukraine. 

Upon graduation from St. Peter's Prep, he continued his education at St. Peter's College in Jersey City.  Myron took the required Army ROTC courses.  He was a member of the select Pershing Rifles. 

He served in the US Army and attained the rank of Major (MAJ).

Diduryk was killed in action on April 24, 1970.

From the book WeWere Soldiers Once ...and Young:
Diduryk, Myron F., commander of Bravo Company 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry in LZ X-Ray and LZ Albany, completed his tour in Vietnam with Bravo Company in 1966 and later returned to Vietnam and the 1st Air Cavalry Division as a Major.  Assigned as the operations officer of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, Diduryk was killed in action on April 24, 1970, in a Huey helicopter at an abandoned fire base near the Cambodian border.  The battalion commander had ordered his command helicopter to land and check out a North Vietnamese soldier killed by the door gunner.  As the command ship touched down, other NVA soldier opened up; Myron Diduryk was struck in the stomach in the doorway of the chopper.  Thus died one of the finest officers who fought in the Ia Drang.  On November 27, 1965, Diduryk wrote a detailed account of Bravo Company's actions at X-Ray for the ROTC students at his alma mater, St. Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ.  The instructor of that class, Colonel John F Jeszensky (ret.), provided the authors with a copy of Diduryk's journal and maps for this book.  Diduryk is buried at the Fort Benning cemetery; his widow, Delores, lives in Jacksonville, FL.

Ukrainian American Veterans Post 30 in New Jersey is named for Diduryk.

Sources: Roger Knopf (veteran), Francis Browne (classmate) and NJVVMF.

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