Calvin Kyrle Graeser, Jr. was born on August 1, 1943 and resided in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Calvin enlisted in the Army at some point in 1966. After completion of basic combat training and advanced individual training in the states, he received orders to report to a combat unit operating in the Republic of Vietnam on October 4, 1966.
While performing operations south of their headquarters at LZ Anchor, elements of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division had been overwhelmed by a superior force of approximately 500 North Vietnam army soldiers. Calvin’s Company C was airlifted into the skirmish in an effort to augment, rescue and relieve the exhausted forces but found itself vastly outnumbered by enemy troops.