The first American to lead a regular All-American ground unit into combat, CPT Alan H. Lubke, U.S. Army, took an armed force of US Marines out of their security perimeter at the Danang Air Base on a reconnaisance of Hill 369 in February 1965.  The purpose of the mission was to site radars for the first U.S. Hawk Missile Battalion (Marine Corps) that had just been deployed by sea and air to Danang from Okinawa.  CPT Lubke was presented with the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Bronze Star Medal for service in Viet-Nam.

This First Day Cover tribute was designed by Bob Kellman and was issued at West Point on the 200th anniversary of its founding, March 16, 2002. Ex-New Cadet Kellman was a member of the squad of New Cadets of the Class of 1963 led by Cadet Corporal Alan Lubke, West Point Class of 1961, in the summer of 1959 at West Point-on-the-Hudson.

The American Legion Post of Geneva, Illinois has honored Lieutenant Colonel, retired, Alan Lubke by placing his photograph and story of "First in Viet-Nam" in their club's trophy case along with his West Point saber and his parents copy of his Class of '61 Yearbook, the Howitzer.

American Legion Department of Illinois
Fox River - Geneva Post 75
P.O. Box 255
GENEVA, IL 60134

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