Sunday, May 17, 2015

50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

Michael David Erhart
Born December 3, 1948
Mansfield, Ohio
United States Army
Specialist Fourth Class, 7th Regiment – US Cavalry
Tour of Duty; South Vietnam, November 23, 1968
Died under enemy fire

 April 30, 1969 20 years 5 months of age

The Brunswick Town Daughters of the American Revolution recognized US Army Specialist 4th Class, Michael David Erhart during the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War at their May 13th DAR meeting, which was held at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, NC.

Michael D. Erhart, a native of Mansfield, Ohio, is the cousin of Jim Johnson, husband of DAR Brunswick Town member Carol Jutte. Michael (Mike) Erhart was killed in action during the Vietnam War on April 30, 1969.

During the May 13th ceremony two certificates were presented; one from the DAR National and one from the DAR Brunswick Town Chapter, along with The United States Vietnam War Commemoration pin. The certificates were given in recognition of the ultimate sacrifice made by Michael Erhart during the Vietnam War. Jim Johnson accepted the DAR certificates and pin on behalf of Michael Erhart's father Joseph J. Erhart who still resides in Mansfield, Ohio.

Joseph J. Erhart is Jim Johnson's "Uncle Joe" Erhart. Following the presentation, Jim Johnson told of his early memories of growing up with his cousin Mike Erhart, long before his enlistment on the Army. He spoke of their youth together and his pride for this courageous young man, who gave his life while fighting the enemy in Vietnam.

Jim and Carol are both traveling to Mansfield, Ohio to attend Joseph Erhart's 101st birthday this May 22, 2015. While there, Jim and Carol will present both DAR certificates and commemoration pin  to" Uncle Joe" Erhart in the presence of the other Vietnam veterans, family and friends, including members of Jared Mansfield Chapter of the DAR.