Private First Class Dan Bullock (December 21, 1953 - June 7, 1969) was the youngest American serviceman killed in action during the Vietnam War.
BiographyDan Bullock was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina. His mother died when he was 11; and he moved with his father and younger sister to Brooklyn, New York. There he dreamed of becoming a pilot, or police officer, or U.S. Marine. When he was 14 years old he altered the date on his birth certificate to show he was born December 21, 1949, processed through the recruiting station, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on September 18, 1968. As a member of Platoon 3039 in Parris Island, he graduated from boot camp on December 10, 1968. He arrived in Vietnam on May 18, 1969 and was assigned as a rifleman in 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was stationed at An Hoa Combat Base in Quang Nam Province. He was killed instantly by small arms fire on June 7, 1969, during a North Vietnamese Army night attack. He was 15 years old.
HonorsOn June 7, 2003 Lee Avenue in Brooklyn (where Bullock lived since age 11) was renamed in honor of Bullock.