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SSgt Charles Benjamin Seminara #1212643
16 December 1935-10 August 1969
0368 Infantry Unit Leader
Mrs Charles B Seminara, wife (According to official government records and next of kin notification, SSgt Seminara was married.)
Benjamin S Seminara, father
Mary Salvatore, mother
129 Mary St
Rose Marie Fleming, sister
Mark Fleming, brother-in-law
James S Salvatore, uncle
Alfia Ranieri, aunt
Grace Del Giorno, aunt
Anthony Seminara, uncle
Charles Benjamin was the only son of Benjamin and Mary Seminara. His father owned and operated several downtown parking lots for several years in Syracuse, NY.
SSgt Seminara was assigned to a Mortar Platoon with H&S Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. He arrived in Vietnam 7 July 1969. His Mortar Platoon was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, during a combat operation about 8 miles from Vandergift Base..
SSgt Charles B Seminara was killed by mortar fire during combat in the early morning hours at Mutters Ridge, Hill 484 NW of LZ Sierra on the DMZ, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. He served his country for 10 years. He was 33 years, 7 months and 25 days. He had been in Vietnam for 34 days.
SSgt Charles Benjamin Seminara was buried at,
Assumption Cemetery & Mausoleum
SSgt Javier Arturo E Sanchez #1925849
14 February 1943-3 May 1967
0369 Infantry Unit Leader
Mrs Javier A Sanchez, wife
2 daughters, names unknown
1414 Lyon St
Robert E Sanchez, father
Estella E Sanchez, mother
Arturo was born in Webb County, Laredo, TX. He attended and graduated from the Laredo High School. He listed in the Marines sometime during 1961. He took his Boot Camp training at the San Diego MCRD. SSgt Sanchez served as a Drill Instructor at the San Diego MCRD, before going to Vietnam.
SSgt Javier A Sanchez arrived in Vietnam and was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. SSgt Sanchez was killed by small arms fire during combat at Hill 881N, Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, S Vietnam. He served his country for 6 years. He was 23 years, 2 months and 19 days old. He was married.
SSgt Javier Arturo E Sanchez was buried at,
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
3600 McPherson Avenue
LCpl Stanley Ferbos #2258687
26 April 1946-21 July 1967
Lillian M Ferbos, mother
New Orleans, LA
Cynthia F McKenna, sister
Crystal Ferbos Woodrin, niece
New Orleans, LA
LCpl Stanley Ferbos was serving in the Marines Reserves, before going into active duty. LCpl Ferbos arrived in Vietnam, and was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
LCpl Ferbos was killed by artillery/mortar fire during a combat patrol in Quang Tri Province, S Vietnam. He served his country for one year. He was 21 years, 2 months and 25 days old. He was single.
LCpl Stanley Ferbos was buried at,
Saint Roch Cemetery #2
Plot: Cemetery Square 2-D Court of
Our Lady Queen of Angels
Mausoleum #1 Vault 19-E
Cpl James Blaine Cox #2199628
25 May 1946-28 December 1967
0331 M60 Machine Gunner
James Blake Cox, father
Eleanor Johnson B Cox, step-mother
David, brother (died as an infant)
Betty Jane Woodyard, mother
Daniel Cox, brother John Schultz, brother-in-law
Drema, sister-in-law Patricia, sister
Jeremiah, nephew Ron, nephew
Ray Cox, uncle Thelma Shumaki, aunt
James attended and graduated from Parksburg High School with the Class of 1965. While in high school he was a member of the Woodworking Club and a student in Home Room #120. James was known to his friends and family by various nick names, Bud, Buddy, Jim, or Jimmy. Never by James. That was his father's name.
When James enlisted in the Marines he gave Washington, WV, as his home town. He was born in Parksburg and lived there all of his life, until he enlisted in the Marines. He took his Boot Camp training at Parris Island and Infantry training at Camp Lejuene. He was later transferred to serve in Vietnam.
When James B Cox arrived in Vietnam 14 May 1967, he was assigned as a M60 Machine Gunner in Weapons Platoon with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
Cpl Cox was wounded by a mine/booby trap during combat. He died of his wounds at LZ Hawk, Bao An Dong, Go Noi Island, Quang Nam Province, s Vietnam, during Operation Auburn. He served his country for 2 years. He had been in Vietnam for 7 months and 14 days. He was 21 years, 7 months and 6 days old.
Burial services for Cpl James Blaine Cox conducted by Leavitt Funeral Home 6 January 1968, and he was buried at,
New England, WV
Pfc Robert Gene Yagues #2275586
19 May 1948-3 May 1967
Lewis R Yagues, father
Dorothy Fae, mother
905 South 5th West
Mountain Home, ID
Robert attended Mountain Home High School. Year of graduation not known.
Pfc Robert Gene Yagues was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, when he arrived in country in Vietnam.
Pfc Yagues was killed by small arms fire during combat at Hill 881N, Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, S Vietnam. He was 18 years, 11 months and 14 days old. He served his country for one year. He was single.
Pfc Robert Gene Yagues was buried at,
Mindoka Acequi Rupert Cemetery
400 North Road & Menidian Road
Pfc David Paul Achord#2507879
1 February 1949-23 June 1969
Jacqulyn Zimmer Achord,wife
Jim Beaux Achord,son
Sean David Achord Sherlock,son
Route 1 Box 35
Larrin Veston Achord,father
Rose Mary & Vera Marie,sisters
David was born and raised in Gonzales. He attended East Ascension High School. Jacqulyn and David were married 11 May 1968,East Baton Rouge,LA.
David arrived in Vietnam 19 February 1969, and assigned to Echo Company,2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division. He was killed by mortar fire, during a combat operation near the DMZ, Quang Tri Province.
He served his country for one year. He was 20 years, 4 months and 22 day old. He had been in Vietnam for 4 months and 23 days.
He was buried at,
Hope Haven Garden of Memory
If anyone knows of an Echo Marine that was KIA from 1965 to 1969
Pfc Walter Ray Miller Jr#2497928
1 March 1949-22 June 1969
Mr & Mrs Walter R Miller Sr,Parents
Todd Miller,brother,Iraq veteran
another brother,name unknown
Walter was born in Los Angeles, CA. He grew up and went to school in Garden Grove. He was known as Buddy in his neighborhood and to all of his friends. Walter died before his younger brother Todd was born.
Pfc Miller arrived in Vietnam 15 March 1969 and was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. During Operation Virginia Ridge, while on a combat patrol on 21 June 1969, Pfc Miller tripped a booby-trap, about 8 kilometers South West of Con Thien (Hill 158). He received multiple fragmentation wounds. He died 22 June 1969 abroad the USS Sanctuary.
He was single. He had been in Vietnam for 3 months and 7 days. He was 20 years, 3 months and 21 days old.
Burial location unknown. Memorial #89385229 created in his memory at the Find-A-Grave website.
Pfc Duane Theodore Greenlee #2209920
30 April 1947-25 August 1966
Duane F Greenlee, father
Mary Margaret, mother
Eligio & Congett Degenova, grandparents
Clover Ridge, near Beallsville, OH
Duane graduated from Beallsville High School with the Class of 1965.
When he arrived in Vietnam, he was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. He was killed by small arms fire during Operation Allegheny, at a NVA Base Camp in the mountains, about 14 Kilometers North-Northwest of An Hoa, Quang Nam Province. Pfc Daniel C Lykins was killed at the same time.
Duane was single. He served his country for less then a year. He was 19 years, 3 months and 26 days old. Duane had a cousin, Pfc Jack Pittman, US Army, who was killed 25 July 1966, during combat. A month before Duane. Jack was an only child. The families of Beallsville knew well the tragedy of the Vietnam War.
"With a population of 475 residents, the Beallsville community gained the unfortunate distinction of having suffered the highest known per-capita
causality rate during the Vietnam War. Six Beallsville young men, all under the age of 21, were Killed In Action in Vietnam between 1966-1971, a profound tragedy for a close-knit community."
"In 1969 Beallsville citizens worked with congressional representatives to prevent further loss of life, to no avail. Five more Monroe County young men lost their lives in Vietnam, magnifying the loss for one of Ohio's least populated counties." The Valley Independent Newspaper.
Pfc Greenlee was buried at,
Belmont County Memorial Park
Duane is second from left with elbow resting on bunk
Pfc Lorne Coleman Krueger #2348895
3 April 1946-18 March 1968
Kristine Masten Krueger, wife (They were married 28 May 1967)
4327 Durfee Avenue
El Monte, CA
Lorne C Krueger, father
Mary Elizabeth, mother
4246 1/2 3rd Avenue
El Monte, CA
Lorne Krueger arrived in Vietnam 12 December 1967. He was assigned to 1st Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
Pfc Krueger was killed during combat by artillery, or mortar fire, during Operation Ford, vicinity of Trung Phuong, 5 Kilometers North East of Phua Bai, Thien Province. SSgt Garry Eugene King was Killed In Action, also.
He was married and had no children. He had been in Vietnam 3 months and 6 days. He was 21 years, 11 months and 15 days old.
Burial location unknown. Memorial #70809160 created at the Find-A-Grave website.
Photo submitted by Larry Goodwin
Pfc Krueger in Vietnam. He is holding his best friend that was wounded.
Photos submitted by niece, Sara Krueger
Pfc Peter Frank Kristof#1193802
23 June 1950-10 August 1969
Stephen D Kristof,father,WWII US Navy
Michael W Kristof,brother
Branislaw & Mary Sofia Kristof,grandparents
Peter was born in Springfield,MA.His family moved to Medfield,where Peter attended school.
Peter enlisted in the Marines April 1968,after graduating from high school.He arrived in Vietnam 20 April 1969.He was assigned to 3rd Platoon,Echo Company,2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division.
During Operation Idaho Canyon,Pfc Kristof was killed by an explosive device when 3rd Platoon was attacked during a night defensive position,at Hill 484,NW of LZ Sierra,Quang Tri Province.Hill 484 was known as Mutters Ridge.
Peter served his country for one year.He was single.Peter was 19 years,1 month and 17 days old.He had been in Vietnam for 3 months and 21 days.
In 1976,the 110 Once-Grove Street was dedicated to the memory of Pfc Peter F Kristof.The name was changed to 110 Peter Kristof Way.
The street runs in front of the American Legion.
Pfc Peter K Kristof was buried at,
Vine Lake Cemetery
Cpl Darrel Gene Napier#2406376
14 August 1949-25 March 1969
Mr & Mrs Laurence B Napier,parents
David,brother,serving in the Marines
Walter,brother,serving in the Marines
17 E Burton Avenue
Darrel arrived in Vietnam 27 April 1968.He was assigned to a Mortar Platoon,attached to Echo Company,2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division.
Cpl Darrel was wounded by a booby trap during Operation Dewey Canyon,near the Laotian border,43 kilometers west of Quang Tri Province.He died later that day aboard the USS Sanctuary Hospital ship.
He served his country for one year.Darrel was single.He was 19 years,7 months and 6 days old when he died. He had been in Vietnam for 10 months and 6 days.
Cpl Napier was buried at,
Dayton Memorial Park
Pfc Ernesto Tarango#2348900
11 June 1948-28 December 1967
Manuel C Tarango Sr,father
3543 East Winters St
Ernesto was the oldest child of the family.They were all born in El Paso,TX,before moving to CA during 1961.While attending high school,Ernesto was the Commander of his high school ROTC. He was known as Ernie to all his friends. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights,June 1966.
Ernesto joined the Marines with his best friend Ernie Pena.They took their MCRD boot camp training in San Diego,and advanced Infantry Training,at Camp Pendelton.
Pfc Tarango arrived in Vietnam 12 December 1967.He was assigned to Echo Company,2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division.Pfc Tarango was wounded by a grenade booby trap during combat,at LZ Hawk,Bao An Dong,Go Noi Island,Quang Nam Province,during Operation Auburn.He died of wounds to the stomach area,before he was med-evac.
Ernesto was single.He served his country for one year and six months.He had been in Vietnam for 16 days.Ernesto was 19 years,5 months and 17 days old.
Pfc Tarango was buried at,
Resurrection Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum
Los Angeles County
Pfc Charles Alton Poe#2667447
14 March 199-10 August 1969
MOS:0331 M60 Machine Gunner
Sandra Harkins Poe,wife
14113 Joan Bridge
Charles Vincent Poe,father
Charles was born in Sacramento,CA. An only son. His family later moved to Las Vegas,NV.
He took his boot camp training at San Diego MCRD and advanced combat infantry training at Camp Pendleton. He was while living in CA with his father that he met Sandra J Harkins. They were married 8 February 1969 in Los Angeles.
Charles arrived in Vietnam 22 April 1969. He was assigned to the Weapons Platoon, attached to 3rd Platoon of Echo Company,2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. He was the ammo carrier and assistant M60 Machine Gunner with Pfc Gregory Germany of Midland,Texas.
He was killed during combat at night by an explosive device, at Mutters Ridge. Due to constant incoming mortar fire, machine gun and rifle fire with the NVA Company, only the most severe WIA's were med-vac during the early morning hours. Another location nearby was secured and the remaining WIA's were med-vac. There were 58 WIA's and 20 KIA's. Two more later died on a hospital ship.
Due to constant mortar fire and continued fighting with the NVA Company, the KIA's were not taken out that morning. Echo Company again moved to another location and set-up a night defensive position. Later after darkness came the remaining men of 3rd Platoon were escorted by Alpha Company 1/3 to secure the KIA's. It was an all night ordeal of carrying dead bodies.
The bodies of the KIA's and Echo Company were air-lifted the following day. Later it was discovered that one KIA body was missing. A recon team was sent to Mutters Ridge to search and locate the missing KIA. The recon team located the KIA on 13 August. The recon team and the body of Pfc Poe were extracted.
After Mutters Ridge, Echo Company never went out to the bush again.
Charles A Poe was 20 years, 4 months and 27 days old. He had been in Vietnam for 3 months and 25 days.
He was buried at,
Oakdale Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Cpl Juan Vargas Estrada#2390055
7 February 1948-16 January 1969
6424 Laredo St.
Juan and his family crossed the Mexico border into Texas,January 2,1953,at Piedras Negras,Coah. They settled in Eagle Pass where Juan attended school.
He enlisted in the Marines and took his boot camp training at the San Diego MCRD and Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton. After a short leave at home he was issued orders for Vietnam.
Juan arrived in Vietnam 24 March 1968 and was assigned to 3rd Platoon with Echo Company,2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division.
Juan was wounded and died from wounds received when another Marine tripped a booby trap mine during a combat patrol,in the vicinity of Cam Lo,Quang Tri Province.
Juan served his country for one year.He was single.Juan was 20 years,11 months and 9 days old.He had been in Vietnam for 9 months and 23 days.
Juan was buried at,
Eagle Pass, TX
George Leander Bourne#0373080
6 May 1947-7 August 1969
MOS:HM-8404 Navy Corpsman
63 Weeden Avenue
George enlisted in the Navy before graduating from East Providence High School with the Class of 1965.
After his basic training he was assigned to Camp Pendleton, as a corpsman with 5th Hospital Company,5th Marine Division. From there he was sent to Vietnam arriving there 25 July 1969. He was to H&S Company,2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division. He was reassigned to Echo Company,2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division,where he was the Corpsman for 1st Platoon.
He was killed by a mortar round that exploded when he was trying to help extinguish flames from an incoming mortar round that landed in the mortar pit,near River Valley,about 9 kilometers North-Northwest of Thon Khe (The Rockpile),Quang Tri Province,during Operation Idaho Canyon.
George served his country for three years.He was 22 years,2 months and 7 days old.He had been in Vietnam for 13 days.
Burial location unknown.Memorial#69639791 created in his memory at the Find A Grave website.