In Memory

Victor DeFore

CPL Victor De Foor was serving with 101st Airborne Division in Thua Thien, South Vietnam, when he lost his life in hostile Fire Support Base Ripcord. His tour of duty began on December 2, 1969.

Victor's name is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C..
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Victor was a Corporal in the 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd Batallion, 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. The 506th was known as "The Fightin' Currahees."

Fire Support Base Ripcord was located on top of a tall mountain, surrounded by rugged, mountainous country a couple of miles from the A Shau Valley. FSB Ripcord was called "Hell on a Hill," as NVA constantly pounded the firebase with heavy artillery and 120mm mortar fire from the safety of the surrounding jungle-covered mountains.

Victor was one of the first casualties at Ripcord. He was on a perimeter watch post with one of his buddies, and decided to run to the mess to get some coffee for both of them. He was almost there when he was struck in the upper chest with a round from an NVA 75mm recoiless rifle.

Upon learning that Ripcord was surrounded by 4 regiments of NVA numbering over 12,000 troops preparing to attack, the decision was made to evacuate the fire base. The evacuation of Ripcord is one of the most intense stories in the annals of military history. Chopper after chopper went down, and many lives were lost in the struggle to get the men off the mountain in a continuous hail of enemy fire.

An excellent account of the evacuation is given at .

Victor's B Company, 2nd Batallion, was the first company to arrive there, and was the last to leave.

Victor is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, in Cherokee County, Texas, near the town of Rusk.

Let us always remember and honor Victor Lee De Foor for making the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his country.

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03/14/09 03:48 PM #1    

Donna Kile (Van Benschoten)

I miss you, I will always remember standing waiting for the bus to go to school with you and the talks we had, the last one was the one I remember most you told me you went to look for someone I hope you found them before you died. A good friend and my next door neighbor.

08/09/09 01:54 PM #2    

Jerry Thomas Lowenstein

I never had the pleasure of knowing Victor. I only attended Cooper for my sophomore and junior years, and our paths never crossed. The high school I graduated from also lost four fine young men. Two of them were good friends of mine. Like, Victor, they all died much too soon.

Thank you,Victor. Rest in peace friend. You, and the other 58,256 men and women that perished in this horrible war, fought to ensure our freedom. God bless all of you.

04/07/17 12:13 PM #3    

Glenn Hunsucker

I played baseball with victor.  He and his older brother Jimmy would play football  near travis elementary with me and my brother and brothers  Larry and Jerry Ray.  We went to their house on many occasions, getting ready to circle Mac eplens to wave at the girls.  He was an energetic guy and friendly beyond belief.  I was drafted in may of 69 and heard about his death when i was in Colorado.  I'm so sorry you didn't get to live into your twenties and thirties.  When i think of your death in these terms, it really hits home and saddens me.  Thanks vic-----you sacrificed more than most. 

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