L/Cpl Carl William Heiden #2201313
13 November 1946-24 September 1967
0331 M60 Machine Gunner


Mr & Mrs James R Heiden, parents
2407 North 39 th St
Milwaukee, IL

Upon his arrival for basic training at MCRD, San Diego, Heiden was assigned to Platoon 3015.

He graduated from Boot Camp basic training, July 1966. He was sent to Camp Pendelton for advanced combat training, and then to Vietnam.

Lance Corporal Heiden died on a Sunday from a gun shot wound to the base of his right ear, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. His body was recovered. He was not married.

Burial place,

Pinelawn Memorial Park
Wiswaukee, WI
L/Cpl William Thomas Womble Jr #2168383
28 September 1948-3 May 1967
1371 Combat Engineer


William Thomas Womble Sr, father
Ethel Frances Womble, mother
Cathy Jeanne, sister
1413 McNeal Ave, North
Norfolk, VA

Lance Corporal Womble was a assigned to 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marines, on his arrival in Vietnam.

He was attached to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, during the fighting at Khe Sanh. While serving as a Combat Engineer he was killed by small arms fire, Quang Tri Province, S Vietnam. His body was recovered.

The Silver Star was Posthumously given to the family of Lance Corporal William T Womble Jr.

Burial was at,

Rosewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery
631 N Witchduck Road
Virginia Beach,
Lance CorporalWilliam T. Womble , Jr.
Marine Corps

For service as set forth in the following:

      The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal William T. Womble, Jr. (MCSN: 2168383), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against enemy forces while serving as an Engineer, attached to Company E, Second Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, near Khe Sanh, in the Republic of Vietnam, on 3 May 1967. In the defense of hill complexes south of Hill 881 North, Company E was attacked by a fierce and determined enemy force, overrunning some of the Second Platoon's positions. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Lance Corporal Womble unhesitatingly rushed from his position, retrieved ammunition from the overrun positions and proceeded to redistribute badly needed machine gun and 60-mm. mortar ammunition. With complete disregard for his own safety, he continued to move through extreme automatic weapons fire until positions in critical need of ammunition were re-supplied. Then, observing several Marines pinned down in the Second Platoon Command Bunker, he opened fire with his M-14 and single-handedly engaged the enemy, drawing fire upon himself so that the Marines in the bunker could gain fire superiority. As he daringly delivered a large volume of well-aimed accurate fire into the enemy, he was mortally wounded by heavy automatic weapons fire. Lance Corporal Womble's initiative, courageous actions and loyal devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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Pfc Eddie Lynn Lancaster #2253036
20 August 1948-19 December 1967
0351 Assaultman


Robert H Beimbrink, step-father
Betty L Beimbrink, mother
Route 3 Box 820
Silsbee, TX

Ed Hughes Lancaster, father

When Eddie was still a toddler, his mother divorced his father, and moved into her parent's small house in Sourlake, TX.
Eddie was twelve years old when his mother remarried. He was an only child. While growing up he wasn't interested in sports, scouting, or band.
He loved to hunt and be in the woods, with his dogs.

Pfc Eddie Lynn Lancaster was sent to Vietnam, and was in country on December 11, 1967. He was 19 years old when he stepped on a mine, during his first patrol in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.

Pfc Lancaster had been in Vietnam eight days at the time of his death. His body was recovered. He was never married. His body was sent home in a sealed casket on New Year's Day.

A song titled, "Find Some Peace", was written, and dedicated to Pfc Eddie Lynn Lancaster, and to all the young men from Silsbee, TX, that served, and those that died in Vietnam.

His cousin Anne, that he grew up with left a note at The Wall for Eddie. The note, and the story of Eddie is mention in the book, Shrapnel In The Heart.

Dearest Eddie Lynn,

I would give anything to have you shell just one more pecan for me on Grandma's porch.

All my love,
Your cousin Anne

Pfc Eddie L Lancaster was buried at,

Pine Ridge Cemetery
Memorial #47316242
Hardin County
FM 421
Sourlake, TX

His mother and step-father are buried near Eddie.
LCpl Edward Anthony Carruthers #2196831
30 April 1946-27 September 1967
0311 Rifleman


Doris McGuffin Carruthers, wife
946 "E" Street
Sparks, NV

Herbert Carruthers, father
Lois Carruthers, mother
Mr & Mrs Terry Carruthers, brother & sister-in-law

Wallace P McGuffin, father-in-law
June C McGuffin, mother-in-law
Donald E McGuffin, brother-in-law, died 22 January 1967, in a car
accident. He was in the Army  and stationed at Fort Dix, NY.

Edward Carruthers was born in Butte, MT, and at the age of 14 moved with his parents and brother to Sparks, NV.

During his school years, he was interested in Scouting, bowling and track. He met a young lady, that would later become his wife. He graduated from Sparks High School with the class of 1964.

He married Doris McGuffin, his high school sweetheart. She graduated with the class of 1964. Edward and Doris were married August 23, 1964, at The Chapel of The Bells, Carson City, NV.

He enlisted in Marines on November 1965, and graduated during 1966 from Boot Camp, San Diego. He began his overseas duty 12 August 1967 with Echo Company.

LCpl Edward A Carruthers died from a gunshot wound to his upper right chest during combat in Quang Tri Province, south of the demilitarized zone in the far northern part of South Vietnam. He was the fourth  serviceman from Sparks to die in Vietnam.

Last Rites were held at Immaculate Conception Church. A military honors burial was conducted by the United States Marine Corp.

Mountain View Cemetery
435 Stoker Ave
Washoe County
Reno, NV
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Pfc John Lloyd Mutschler #3635227
26 January 1949-19 August 1969
0341 Mortarman


Lloyd Mutschler, father
Evelyn, mother

Brothers and sisters, Judith Elaine, Marion, Joan, Jacklyn, Imogene, Mary, Elaine, Richard, Lloyd, Rosie, Shirley, Bliss and Beth Jill.

John came from a large family of 14 children. He had 10 sisters and 3 brothers. His father came to America from Germany at the age of 3 years.

Pfc John L Mutschler was assigned to H & S Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines when he arrived in Vietnam 16 January 1969. He arrived in Vietnam ten days before his 20th birthday.

During Operation Idaho Canyon in the month of August 1969, his Mortar Platoon was attached to the 3rd Platoon of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines. Pfc Mutschler had been in Vietnam for over six months when he was wounded by artillery, or mortar fire 10 August 1969, at Mutters Ridge, Quang Tri Province.

Pfc Mutschler died from his wounds on 19 August 1969. He was one of two servicemen from his hometown of Clarksville, MI, that died while serving in Vietnam.  The Silver Star was posthumously awarded to Pfc Mutschler.

He was buried at, Clarksville Cemetery
                                 Memorial # 24454336
                                 Nash Hwy & Peddler Lake
                                 Ionia County
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