Craig left a wife and daughter, though the daughter is not mentioned in the obituary. Date of birth: 1 February 1949 Date of casualty: 23 December 1968 Home of record: West Linn, Oregon Branch and Rank: Army, PFC Unit: 11B10, 9th Infantry Division. Also 34th Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment. Awards: Combat Infantryman First Award, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation Location of name on the Vietnam Wall: 36W, 70
Location of service: Dihn Tuong Hostile, Died via explosive device Schools attended: West Linn High School Burial location: Willamette National Cemetery Memorials: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, DC), Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Portland), Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland)
The Oregonian, Tuesday, December 31, 1968 State Man Dies in War Pfc. Francis Craig Sollers, 19, son of Herbert Sollers, West Linn, and Mrs. Tom Talley, Tualatin, died in Vietnam Dec. 23 his parents were notified Monday. He stepped on an enemy mine south of Saigon, the Army’s telegram explained. Pfc. Sollers was graduated from West Linn High School in 1967 and joined the Army in June. He went overseas Nov. 4.
The Oregonian, January 6, 1969 SOLLERS – Francis Craig, PFC US Army; husband of Judy B. Sollers; son of Herbert B. Sollers and Mrs. Virginia B. Talley; brother of Cecil A. Sollers, Bonnie Bogart, Sam Sollers, Ricky Sollers, and Kathy K. Sollers. Services Tuesday, January 7, 1 pm. Concluding services Willamette National Cemetery.
A fellow classmate from West Linn High School told us: Craig was friendly, easy going, always smiling. He could make a bad day good. He played many high school sports, including football, basketball, and baseball.