Marines on this page remembered
by Antonio Gonzales
If anyone knows of an Echo Marine that was KIA from 1965 to 1969
"There are only two kinds of people who
understand Marines: Marines and the enemy.
Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."
Lance Corporal Dale Sloan Wilkinson #2438056
1 April-10 August 1969
Mr & Mrs Maurice S Wilkinson, parents
John, brother (Vietnam veteran)
4020 NE 30Th Avenue
Lighthouse Point, FL
The Defense Department reported that a Florida serviceman, a member of Marine Corp was killed in action while serving in Vietnam.
Lance Corporal Wilkinson arrived in Vietnam on 17 July 1969. He was assigned to a Mortar Platoon with H&S Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines.
His Mortar Platoon was attached to 3rd Platoon of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines during Operation Idaho Canyon around the DMZ.
He was killed by artillery, or mortar fire 10 August 1969, when Vietnamese soldiers from the 304th NVA Division attacked the perimeter of 3rd Platoon of Echo Company and the Mortar Platoon.
Lance Corporal Wilkinson had been in Vietnam for 24 days when he was killed at Mutters Ridge, Quang Tri Province. His body was recovered. He wasn't married.
He was buried with full military honors on 27 August 1969 at,
Arlington National Cemetery
Section 51, Site #3130
Pfc Brian Edward Wolfe #0614263
9 November-10 August 1969
Frederick Heidmuller, step-father (Assigned to Mobile Construction Battalion 9)
Shirley, mother at Camp Hueneme Naval Station, CA)
Kathleen Wolfe, sister
Jo Anne Wolfe, sister
Glen Kurhauski, step-brother
4521 South G Street
Edward Wolfe, father
Neil Wolfe, brother
Christine Wolfe, sister
East Aurora, NY
Brian Edward Wolfe was born in Dunkirk, NY. He attended Industrial High School. He moved to Ventura County, where his mother lived sometime during 1968.
He joined the Marines in February 1969. After Basic Training in San Diego and Camp Pendleton, Pfc was sent to Vietnam. Arriving in Vietnam, he was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines on 31 July 1969.
Pfc Wolfe died from multiple shrapnel wounds to his head during an enemy assault with grenades, satchel charges and small arms fire on 10 August 1969, at Mutters Ridge, Quang Tri Province.
Full military honors were conducted at the Chapel of The Islands, with burial at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Road, Venture, CA.
The Press Courier, January 23, 1970
The Bronze Star Medal, one of the nations highest awards was presented posthumously at Point Mugu to Pfc Wolfe, an Oxnard Marine who died in Vietnam August 10, 1969.
Pfc Wolfe's mother, Mrs Shirley Heidmuller of 4521 S G Street, Oxnard, accepted the medal in the name of her son, while his sisters Jo Anne and Kathleen and brother, Glen looked on.
The citation told of the Marines heroic actions during a battle with the North Vietnamese Troops. He was serving as a Rifleman with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines.
The Press-Courier, August 4, 1970
Mrs Shirley Heidmuller of 4521 S G Street, Oxnard, has been presented the South Vietnamese Military Merit Medal and Gallantry Cross With Palm, on behalf of her deceased son, Pfc Brian E Wolfe.
The presentation was made by CWO-4 Jim Bowen, casualty assistance officer for the Marines Air Detachment at Point Mugu.
"Wolfe was cited," said Bowen"as a serviceman of courage and rare self-sacrifice," in the citation signed by President Nguyen Van Thieu.
The Vietnam Military Merit Medal was the highest decoration of South Vietnam during the years of the Vietnam War.
It was the Vietnam equivalent to the United States Medal of Honor, and was authorized to those soldiers who had performed extreme acts of bravery, or had given their lives in armed combat with enemy forces in Vietnam
Corporal John Stanley Almoney #2195646
2 October 1946-3 May 1967
Victor Almoney, father (died 1966)
Ana Louise, mother
Victoria L, sister
854 Wayne Avenue
Mr & Mrs Victor E Almoney Sr, grandparents. 1679 Druck Valley Road, York, PA.
Charles E Fogle, grandfather. 342 Smith Street, York, PA.
John was a 1964 graduate of William Penn High School, and had attended York Junior College during 1965 before joining the Marines. He was a member of the Fourth EUB church and Sunday school, and had been an Explorer Scout with Troop 36. He had also been a life guard at Pinchot State Park.
He joined the Marines 10 February 1966. His father died while Corporal Almoney was in Vietnam, and returned home for his father's funeral. According to a friend, John didn't have to return back to Vietnam after the burial of his father, but he did anyway.
Corporal John S Almoney was assigned to 2nd Platoon of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, when he was killed by small arms fire at Hill 88N, Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province. His body was recovered. He wasn't married.
Corporal John S Almoney was bury at Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Memorial #50553432, York County, Springettsbury, PA.
The Gazette and Daily Newspaper June 17, 1967
An acre of land on the York Side of Pinchot Park was dedicated and named for Cpl John S Almoney, York Marine killed in action May 3 in Vietnam, at sunset last evening at a service attended by about 75 relatives and park officials.
The Rev. Melvin Geiman Jr., pastor of Fourth EUB church, conducted the dedicatory services at Almoney Point. Two men are shown looking from the point over the lake at the park. Cpl Almoney was a lifeguard the last two years at Pinchot Park.
He was the son of Mrs. A. Louise Almoney, 854 Wayne Avenue, and the late Victor E Almoney. A wooden plaque, lower photo placed at the point was made by Raymond Bubb, assistant exhibits technician for the Department of Forests and Waters. Sign says" Almoney Point...In memorian of Marine Corporal John S Almoney Killed In Action, Huong Hoa, Vietnam May 2, 1967, served the park as a lifeguard.
Pfc Richard Arno Johnson Jr #0064810
25 March 1950-10 August 1969
Mr & Mrs Richard A Johnson Sr, parents
one sister, name unknown
20 Carr St
I didn't know the family. I was only a baby when he died, but my mother saved his obituary from the local newspaper. When she showed it to me, she said,"It was a tragic loss for them."
I looked at his picture and wondered how life may have been different with him here.
The Johnson family left town that year. The loss was too much for them to bear. I don't know where they are today.
From a cousin, David Karner
Richard Johnson attended PCHS where he played football. He had a girlfriend during high school. Her name was Georganne. He had been a member of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts while growing up.
Pfc Richard A Johnson was assigned to a Mortar Platoon with H&S Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines when he arrived in Vietnam 13 April 1969. His Mortar Platoon was attached to 3rd Platoon of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines during Operation Idaho Canyon around the DMZ area.
Pfc Johnson had been in Vietnam for almost four months when he was killed in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, at Mutters Ridge 10 August 1969.
His body was recovered. He wasn't married. He was one of 19 servicemen from Wallingford, CT, that died during the Vietnam War.
Pfc Richard A Johnson Jr was buried with full military honors on 25 August 1969 at,
Arlington National Cemetery
Section 51, Site 3129
Pfc Donald Lyle Elliott #0264016
7 August 1950-10 August 1969
Mr & Mrs James R Elliott, parents
Regency Woods Apt,# A-9
Donald was born in Providence, RI. Later, his parents moved and they lived in Doylestown, MA. His service records listed Springfield, MA, as his hometown.
He graduated with the high school class of 1968. He attended the Springfield Technical High School to study mechanical engineering. He worked for Thayer, McNeil, and Forbes & Wallace. He was described as being 5' 11", 152 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.
He enlisted in the Marines in Springfield, MA, on 3 September 1968. Pfc Donald L Elliott arrived in Vietnam 6 June 1969, and was assigned to a Mortar Platoon with H&S Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines.
During Operation Idaho Canyon conducted along the DMZ during August of 1969, his Mortar Platoon was attached to 3rd Platoon of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
Pfc Elliott was killed at Mutters Ridge, Quang Tri Province, by artillery, or mortar fire about 4:30 am on 10 August 1969. Three days after his 19th birthday.
His body was recovered and escorted home by Cpl Charles H Bennett Jr. Military funeral services provided by Butterfield Funeral Home, Cranston, RI.
Pfc Donald L Elliott received the Vietnam Military Merit Medal and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation for his extreme acts of bravery.
The Vietnam Military Merit Medal was created 15 August 1950, the highest military decoration of South Vietnam during the years of the Vietnam War.
It was the Vietnamese equivalent to the United States Medal of Honor and was authorized to those soldiers who had performed extreme acts of bravery.
The Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm was created in 1968, with a metal palm device, enclosed within a gold frame. The unit citation was issued in the name of South Vietnam to any military unit which distinguished itself to the same level as would be required for the individual award of the Vietnam Gallantry Cross full sized metal.
Pfc Donald L Elliott was buried at,
Highland Memorial Park
1 Rhode Island Ave
LCpl Bruce George Barth #2059046
28 December 1944-7 February 1966
0331 M60 Machine Gunner
Mrs Mildred J Barth, mother
LCpl Barth was assigned to Weapons Platoon of Echo Company when he arrived in Vietnam. He was killed in combat by small arms fire in Quang Nagai Province, South Vietnam.
He was the seventh Marine killed in Vietnam while serving with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. He had served his country in the Marines for two years.
"Bruce was a kind and gentle person. He liked to tell jokes and have fun. I went to school with Bruce, and I heard about his death while I was in the service. Life is never the same when someone like Bruce dieds, and yet life means so much more because of fine young men like him. Fighting for freedom is never in vain. Your friend always."
Pfc Cleveland Holmes #2366747
24 December 1948-30 January 1968
Mr/Mrs Willie Holmes, parents
1900 17th Street South
St Petersburg, FL
Pfc Cleveland Holmes arrived in Vietnam on 13 December 1967, and was assigned to Echo Company. He was in country eleven days before his 19th birthday.
Pfc Holmes had been in Vietnam one month and seventeen days, when he was killed by small arms fire during combat in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. His body was recovered. He was single.
He was buried at,
Garden Of Peace Memorial Park
St Petersburg, FL
Pfc Theodore Chrystynycz #2359927
25 August 1948-28 January 1968
Paul Chrystynycz, father
2401 West Haddon Ave
Pfc Theodore Chrystynycz arrived in Vietnam on 2 January 1968. He was assigned to 3rd Platoon of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines.
He was killed by an explosive device (mine, or booby trap) in Quang Nam Province. His body was recovered. He was 19 years old and single. At the time of his death he had been in Vietnam for about 26 days.
He was buried at,
St Nicholas Cemetery
Cpl Robert Kenneth Lovelace #1892125
24 June 1941-9 February 1966
Cammy Lovelace Morris, wife, remarried
Lucille Norville Lovelace, mother
Taylor Mill, KY
Donald Witwer, brother-in-law
Patricia Witwer, sister
Richard J Lovelace, brother, retired USMC Lt Col
Robert and Cammy were married on 10 December 1962, Kenton County, Ky.
Cpl Lovelace was assigned to Weapons Platoon, Echo Company when he arrived in Vietnam. He died from wounds received during combat from small arms fire in Quang Nyai Province, South Vietnam. He was the first serviceman from Kentucky to die in Vietnam. He served his country for six years.
"Bobby was my fire-team leader. I was beside Bobby when he was shot. It was the worst day of my life. He was like my brother and much more. We shared the hopes of coming back to work together. We were going to meet each others families. We had planned to hunt and fish together. When we were on the sandbags we talked about being back in the "states" living a normal life. He took care of me, and always gave me hope of home. My mother wrote to him constantly. I think of him often and miss him."
Pvt Walter Green Jr #2417333
31 July 1948-22 March 1969
0331 M60 Machine Gunner
John Henry Green, father
625 North Grantley St
Pvt Walter Green Jr was assigned to Mike Company, 27th Marines when he arrived in Vietnam on 21 May 1968.
When the 27th Marines departed Vietnam, Pvt Walter Green Jr and LCpl John Barca Jr were assigned to the Weapons Platoon in Echo Company, 2nd Platoon.
Pvt Green and LCpl Barca died from an explosive device about 4 kilometers SE of LZ Torch, or some 19 kilometers South-Southeast of Khe Sanh Airfield, Quang Tri Province.
Pvt Green had been in Vietnam for almost eight months.
Pfc Charles Francis Morse Jr #2254526
14 June 1949-14 March 1968
Mr & Mrs Charles F Morse Sr, parents
177 Second St
Mrs Robert Buteau, sister
Mrs Helen Roy, grandmother
Charles was born in Newark and resided in Cliffowood for 13 years, before moving to Keyport with his parents and brother. He graduated from Matawan High School in June 1967. He was a communicant of St Joseph's Catholic Church and a member of the Catholic Youth Organization.
Pfc Charles Francis Morse Jr arrived in Vietnam on 29 February 1968, and was assigned to 3rd Platoon of Echo Company. He was killed during Operation Ford by small arms fire in Thua Thien Province, S Vietnam. He had been in Vietnam for 15 days.
He was buried at,
St Joseph's Cemetery
LCpl Dale Anthony Griffin #2266203
20 June 1949-14 March 1968
Betty J Dame, mother
2330 Lynn Drive
West Palm, FL
Dale A Griffin was born and raised in Bruno, WV. When he enlisted in the Marines his home of record was Anchorage, Alaska.
LCpl Dale Anthony Griffin arrived in Vietnam on 11 August 1967. He was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Echo Company. He was killed in combat by an explosive device (mine, or booby trap), during Operation Ford in Thua Thien Province, S Vietnam.
He had been in Vietnam 7 months and 3 days. His body was recovered. He served his country for one year.
West Virginia Legislature HCR 32; Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 23-11/2-.0.01 on County Road 11/2 at Bruno, Logan County, WV the "LCpl Dale Anthony Griffin Memorial Bridge."
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia;
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 23-11/2-.0.01 on County Route 11/2 at Bruno, West Virginia, the "LCpl Dale Anthony Griffin Memorial Bridge"; and, be it Further Resolved, that the Division of Highways is requested to have made and be placed, signs identifying the bridge as the "LCpl Dale Anthony Griffin Memorial Bridge", with a designation that LCpl Dale Anthony Griffin served in the Vietnam Conflict; and, be it Further Resolved, that the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the family of LCpl Dale Anthony Griffin and the Secretary of Department of Transportation.
LCpl Griffin was buried at,
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Dale Anthony Griffin Memorial Bridge"
Cpl Robert Allen Kowalski #2008124
21 December-25 January 1966
Genevieve L Webster, mother
743 South 24th St
William Kendall, brother-in-law, In Vietnam with the Army
Sandra Kendall, sister, of Lansing, MI
William and Sandra Kendall were the first Americans to adopt a girl that was one of 38 abandoned children from a Vietnamese orphanage. The one month old Vietnamese baby girl from the war was named Michele Marie. The Kendalls had been married for seven years and had no children.
William Kendall, a radar electronics specialist in Vietnam, was the first American soldier to adopt a Vietnamese child while serving in Vietnam. The husband of Sandra Kendall had been in Vietnam for 13 months, and had extend his tour of duty to complete the adoption on 18 September 1965.
Mrs. Kendall's brother, Robert, of Saginaw, was scheduled for a Vietnam assignment with the Marines. "It kind of threw me off my feet when I heard that my brother was going to Vietnam."
Cpl Robert Allen Kowalski arrived in Vietnam November 1965, and was assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He was killed by an artillery, or mortar round during a combat operation in Quang Nam Province, S Vietnam. His unit was attached to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines.
Cpl Kowalski had been in Vietnam for 2 months. He served his country in the Marines for 3 years. He was 22 years old. He was causality number 2478.
SSgt Garry Eugene King #1880346
14 April 1941-18 March 1968
0369 Infantry Unit Leader
Ernest Albert King, father
Elsie Leona, mother
Brain Kelly, nephew
504 3rd St
Garry Eugene King was born in Waynesville, MO. Later moved with his family to Fairfax. He was a Native American. A descendant of the Iroquois Nation.
Sgt King served with the Marines Security Guard Detachment from 1964-1967, at the American Embassy, Rome, Italy. During 1965 he was assigned to the Security Guard Battalion Watchstanders, as a Security Guard outside the American Embassy.
SSgt Garry Eugene King arrived in Vietnam 24 February 1968. He was assigned as the Platoon Sergeant of 2nd Platoon, Echo Company. He was killed by small arms fire during combat in Thua Thien Province, S Vietnam.
He had been in Vietnam for 22 days. He was 26 years and single. He served his country in the Marines for eight years.
He was buried at,
High Creek Cemetery
Rock Port, MO
Pfc Lawrence Addinson Dodd #2346529
20 July 1949-1 March 1968
0331 M60 Machine Gunner
CW Dodd, father
1 brother, name unknown
10579 Carswell Drive
Ft Bliss Army Base
El Paso, TX
Lawrence was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas and had lived in El Paso since 1966. His father was stationed at Ft Bliss with the Army.
During a previous assignment of his father at Ft Bliss, he had attended Hacienda Heights School. Lawrence graduated with the Burges High School Class of 1967.
He enlisted in the Marines on 10 July 1967. Pfc Lawrence A Dodd arrived in Vietnam on 14 December 1967. He was assigned to the Weapons Platoon, Echo Company.
Mr Dodd said that his son was wounded in February and was to receive the Purple Heart. In his last letter dated 18 February 1968, Lawrence wrote that he was moving with his unit to the Demilitarized Zone.
Pfc Dodd was killed by small arms fire during combat in Thua Thien Province, S Vietnam. He had been in Vietnam 2 months and 15 days. He was 18 years old.
He was buried with full military honors at,
Ft Bliss National Cemetery
Section: I, Site: 1309
El Paso County
El Paso, TX
Pfc Charles Cecil Davis #2212919
12 January 1947-3 May 1967
Charles Clye Davis, father
Etta Edwards, mother, remarried (Etta Davis Willis)
Davis, sister, first name unknown
802 West Main St
Charles was born in Bethany, MO. He was an only son.
Pfc Charles C Davis was assigned to 1st Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battlaion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, when he arrived in Vietnam.
Pfc Davis was killed by small arms fire during combat at Hill 881N, Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, S Vietnam. He was 19 years old.
Pfc Davis was buried at,
HM3 Kurt Charles Edie #9183277
24 October 1944-3 May 1967
Leo W Edie, father, WWII Army veteran
3716 Parker Road
Port Huron, MI
Karen Ellingboe, sister, Sunnyvale, CA
Steve Ellingboe, brother-in-law, Kansas
Kurt C Edie was born in Port Huron, MI. He moved to Sunnyvale, CA, to live with his sister and brother-in-law. It was while living with them that he enlisted in the Navy and listed Sunnyvale, CA, as his home of record.
"Kurt graduated from Port Huron High School. Kurt was a great athlete. He had a superb sense of humor and was a great guy. Hard to believe he has been dead much longer then he lived.
Kurt lived with Karen and I in Sunnyvale,CA, when he joined the Navy. I remember him saying how difficult Navy basic was..then went through Marine basic and said Navy basic was like a Girl Scouts Camp.
He had a serious girlfriend in Port Huron named Patsy. I think they were planning to get married after he got out.
My dad took Kurt to Travis AFB to go to Vietnam in November 1966. Hurt was killed on Hill 881 on 3 May 1967."
From Steve Ellingboe, brother-in-law
HM3 Kurt Charles Edie was assigned to H&S Company, 2nd Battalion, III MAF, when he arrived in Vietnam November 1966. He was assigned as the Corpsman (Doc) to 3rd Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
HM3 Edie was killed by small arms fire during combat on Hill 881N, Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, S Vietnam. He was 22 years old. He had been in Vietnam for about six months. He served his country for 2 years in the Navy.
HM3 Kurt Charles Edie was buried at,
Allied Veterans Cemetery
St Clair County
Port Huron, MI
LCpl Richard Henry Almeida #2209405
28 August 1945-3 May 1967
Alphonse Almeida, father
43 Stewart St
Fall River, MA
Richard graduated with the Durfee High School Class of 1965. He was one of the best liked guys in his neighborhood.
LCpl Richard Henry Almeida was serving in the Marine Reserves prior to going on active duty. When he arrived in Vietnam, he was assigned to 1st Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
LCpl Almeida was killed by small arms fire during an NVA night attack against Echo Company, Hill 881N, Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, S Vietnam. He served his country in active duty for one year. He was 21 years old.
Pfc James Anderson #2309318
20 March 1948-3 May 1967
Gladys Anderson, mother
1 sister, name unknown
4244 Westminister Ave
James Anderson was an only son. He attended Overbrook High School. He enlisted in the Marines May 1966, after graduation. While in Boot Camp, Parris Island, he graduated from basic training with Platoon 3114.
"When I heard about James, I cried. Him and I sat next to each other in English and Math together. We helped each other out. He was good in English and I was good in Math. He was a really nice guy. I can still see his face. I have been to the WALL and have shed my tears for him. So young. He must have enlisted after graduation. God be with you James and I hope to see you one day."
Laura, a classmate
Pfc James Anderson was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, when he arrived in Vietnam. He was killed by small arms fire during combat at Huong Hoa, Quang Tri Province, S Vietnam. He was 19 years old.
Pfc Anderson was buried with full military rites 15 May 1967,
Beverly National Cemetery
Section: J, Site: 977
916 Bridgeboro Road