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Fields' family provides information on fallen soldier

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By Linda Ireland

 More information has been provided about Lonnie Dale Fields, a local soldier who was killed in Vietnam in November 1970.

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Tammie Fields, who is married to Lonnie’s younger brother, Rickie, brought in a plaque that once was displayed in East Hardin High School. 

Plaques were presented also to families of Thomas Jackson Barnes, Alvin Coy Knight and Dennis Lee Vance – all East Hardin students who died in Vietnam, according to a newspaper clipping.

Lonnie Dale was born June 22, 1949 in Hardin County. He was raised around Millerstown and attended Hardin County Schools.

He died Nov. 6, 1970, in the Thua Thien province of non-hostile causes. If he had lived six more days, he would have been out of the war zone.

His parents were William “Clarence” and Pangie Lee Fields of Upton. His sister, Shirlene (Renzel) lives in Clarkson. His older brother is William Lee (Imogene) Fields of Sonora.

Lonnie Dale was drafted into the army and left for training at Fort Knox on Sept. 15, 1969. From there,he went to Fort Polk, Louisiana, before being sent to Vietnam in February 1970. He was with the 101st Airborne.

He was laid to rest Nov. 20, 1970, at Sonora Cemetery with full military honors.

Tammie said Lonnie loved to hunt and spent lots of his time outdoors.