VIETNAM WAR AUGUST 1968
Obituary Marine Cpl. Larry A. Jamerson, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Jamerson, N6227 Mayfair, died Friday (2 Aug 1968) as a result of head wounds suffered in action against the Viet Cong near Quang Ngai Province. He was assigned to the 1st Combined Action Group (CAG), 3rd Marine Amphibious Force. He was on his second tour of duty in Vietnam. Cpl Jamerson served in Vietnam from January 1967 to January 1968. He volunteered for a second tour and returned to Vietnam in February. He is the 50th Spokane resident to lose his life in military service in Vietnam. Cpl Jamerson, a member of the track team at Rogers High School, entered the Marine Corps in May 1966. He was a lifelong resident of Spokane. (The Spokesman-Review, Spokane WA, 6 Aug 1968)
Cpl. Larry Jamerson Funeral services for Marine Cpl. Larry A. Jamerson, 20, N6227 Mayfair, will be Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Xavier's Roman Catholic Church, the Rev. Michael J. Brodie officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Rosary will be said today at 6 p.m. at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, the Rev. Brodie officiating. Cpl. Jamerson died in Vietnam 2 Aug (1968). He was born in Spokane, attended Ligerwood School and Rogers High School and was a member of St. Xavier's parish. Survivors, include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Jamerson and three brothers, James, Keith and Kevin, all at Home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Prince, here, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. (The Spokesman-Review, Spokane WA, 15 Aug 1968)
Sgt. Michael N. Hoban, 803 7th Ave. S., Edmonds, died 5 Aug (1968) in Vietnam of injuries suffered in action. He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred L. Hoban, a brother, Patrick, and a sister, Jill, all at home. Services: Monday, 1 pm., Beck's Funeral Home; burial, Restlawn Memorial Gardens. (Everett Herald Aug 1968)
Remembrance for Mike Hoban Another high school buddy I knew since Jr high was Mike Hoban who was killed in Vietnam. He was army. For some reason I believe he did not get a sr class picture taken for our school annual, but have one in his jr year. Mike was a nice guy and a great artist. He drew fishing boats and seascapes. His father was the high school wood shop instructor. Class mate (email received 13 Sep 2003)
Rosary will be said for Marine Corps Pfc. Michael P. Boyle, 19, E3708 Buckeye, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hennessey Funeral Home Services will be at St. Francis Xavier Church Thursday at 8 a.m. with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Pfc. Boyle died 10 Aug (1968) in Vietnam combat. He was born in Wallace ID and came to Spokane as an infant. He attended North Central High School and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church. Pfc. Boyle enlisted in the Marine Corps in January and was sent to Vietnam in July after completion of boot camp. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Boyle, at the Home; a brother, James, and a sister, Mrs. Sally Hattamer, both in Anaheim CA; a sister, Rosemary Boyle, Spokane; and grandmothers, Mrs. James Boyle, Spokane, and Mrs. Pauline Livedalen in Oregon. (The Spokesman-Review, Spokane WA, 20 Aug 1968)
Marine Lance Cp. Kenneth L. Worley, 21, who died in Vietnam after throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of several comrades, was to received the Medal of Honor post-humus today in ceremonies at the White House. Vice President Spiro Agnew was scheduled to present the medal to Worley's foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Feyerherm of Edmonds. The Feyerherm's eight other children were to attend the ceremony. Worley died 12 Aug 1968 in Quang Nan Province South Vietnam. The nation's highest award for bravery was being present to the families of 13 Marines and two Navy hospital corpsmen in today's private ceremonies. (Everett Herald 1970)
Citation: MEDAL OF HONOR
Cpl. W. F. Soule Services were held Thursday for Lance Cpl. William F. Soule, 19, a member of the First Marine Division stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam, who died of wounds suffered 13 Aug (1968) while on patrol. Cpl. Soule was a 1967 graduate of Enumclaw High School. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Soule, of Auburn, and three brothers, Richard, of Seattle, and Edward and Daniel, both of Auburn. Services were arranged by Edline Mortuary of Kent. (Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA, 22 Aug 1968 )
Cpl. Robert Brown, the 21 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Brown of Kettle Falls, was killed in Vietnam 16 Aug (1968), only 74 days before completing his tour in the war torn country. Funeral services will be handled by Moser Funeral Chapel.
Remembering Robert Jay Brown This photo appeared on an old calendar ....."Kettle Falls Community Birthday Calendar". The submittered guessed it would have been for 1969 since he died in 1968. research notes
Thank you, Susan (Gallyon) Dechant, genealogy researcher
Remembrance for Rick from a Class mate
Ex-SK Athlete Dies in Vietnam
Rosary for Spec. 4 Donald D. Hawkins, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hawkins, Snug Harbor (Port Orchard, Rte. 5. Box 185), will be recited Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the PENDLETON-GILCHRIST FUNERAL HOME. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriels's Catholic Church, Port Orchard. Spec. Hawkins, a gunner aboard a helicopter, was killed in Vietnam 19 Aug (1968) while on a reconnaissance mission when his helicopter crashed as a result of what is believed to have been a malfunction of the craft. The family has requested that any memorials be made to the South Kitsap High School Athletic Department Don Hawkins Memorial. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA, 2 Sep 1968)
JOHNSON, Sgt. Roy Marvin -- His Home, E13606 26th Ave. Veteran of Vietnam. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Johnson at the Home. Brother of Edwin N. Johnson of Seattle WA. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services Tuesday 10 Sep 11 a.m. Colonial Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, N1306 Pines. Burial services Rockford Cemetery. Rockford WA. Family suggest memorial gifts may be given to the Washington State Heart Association or American Red Cross (addresses edited) (The Spokesman-Review, Spokane WA, )
(Remembrance for Ricky Damschen--- "Sayeth my name and I will live forever." pictures from brother Jay)
Convoy Ambushed: Richard Damschen Killed in Vietnam
A Central Kitsap man has been killed in action in Vietnam the second Kitsap County war casualty reported this week.
Army Pfc. Richard A. Damschen Jr., 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Damschen Sr., Brownsville Highway (Rte. 4, Box 2018) was reported killed in a firefight ambush by enemy forces on a truck convoy in which he was riding 21 Aug (1968).
On Monday, Army Spec. 4 Donald D. Hawkins, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hawkins, Port Orchard, Rte 5, Box 185, was reported killed in a helicopter crash, believed to have been caused by a malfunction of the craft on 19 Aug (1968).
Pfc. Damschen had been in Vietnam approximately five weeks and had written home that he had been involved in combat action most of the time since his arrival. He was stationed near Cu Chi, approximately 20 miles north and west of Saigon.
The young man was born in Havre MT, 29 Jan 1948, but moved with his family at an early age to Poulsbo. The family resided there until 1951 when they moved to Bremerton and had lived in this vicinity ever since.
He attended Central Kitsap High School where he was an “A” student and worked at the W&G Drywall Co., a construction taping and texturing firm, for about two years.
Pfc. Damschen entered the Army last February and had been home on leave for part of June and July.
At the time of his death he was engaged to Miss Edie Duda, Alder Street, and had planned to be married upon completion of his combat tour.
“At first he complained about the conditions, the heat and all, but after awhile he felt sorry for the people especially the kids. He was ready to go out and show them how to fight,” said his sister, Mrs. Daniel (Lana) Woolard, 3105 13th St.
“It doesn’t seem fair that he was only there five weeks and had to get killed. He was brave though. He was a man.” She said. “It’s really sad. We got a letter today from him.”
Pfc. Damschen’s body will be returned to the U.S. under escort of a long-time family friend who is serving in Vietnam now, Army Sgt. Kenneth Peterson, whose residence is on the Brownsville Highway.
Besides his sister, Mrs. Woolard, and his parents, he is survived by two other sisters, Misses Jackie and Ginny Damschen, of the family home; four brothers, Robert Damschen, Spokane and Gary, William and Jaimie Damschen, all of the family home; his paternal grandfather, Roy E. Damschen, of the Ebenezer Rest Home, Poulsbo; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson, Coram MT; and an uncle, Donald Damschen, Poulsbo.
Funeral arrangements are pending. The family has requested that any memorials be made to the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA 28 Aug 1968)
Damschen, Richard Arthur Pfc. Killed in Vietnam 21 Aug 1968. He was born in Havre MT in 29 Jan 1948, attending schools locally. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Damschen of Route 4, Box 2018, Bremerton; brothers, Jaimie, Gary, William and Robert, all of the family home; sisters Jackie, Spokane, Ginny, Bremerton and Mrs. Alana Wollard, Bremerton; paternal grandfather Roy E. Damschen, Poulsbo; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson of Coram MT. Funeral services tentatively set for Wednesday, 4 Sep 1968 at 3 p.m. at the LEWIS FUNERAL CHAPEL. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA, 2 Sep 68)
Marine Pfc. Stephen Ellenwood Jr., 20, of Rt. 2, Box 31,Toppenish, died Thursday aboard a hospital ship after he was wounded in Vietnam. He had enlisted in the Marine Corps in January and had been in Vietnam since 1 Jul (1968). Ellenwood attended school and graduated from high school at the all-Indian School at Ft. Sill OK, in 1967. Survivors include his mother Mrs. Esther Alexander of Seattle, his father Stephen Ellenwood Sr., of Toppenish, a son Stephen Ellenwood III of Dallas TX; two half brothers, Roger Benson of Seattle and Gregory WakWak of Harrah; a sister Esther J. Ellenwood of Toppenish; six half sisters, Yvonne, Charla, Glenda, and Nadine Benson of Brownstown WA, and Irma WakWak of Harrah; grandfathers John D. White of Toppenish and William Dixon of Medicine Valley WA. Wapato WA Article...(Yakima Morning Herald 26 Aug 1968)
Picture from remembrances at Virtual Wall
Picture supplied by Randy Reid brother of Kenneth Reid
Kenneth Reid Killed in Vietnam Mr. and Mrs. Lester Reid, Blaine were officially notified yesterday of the death of their son, 1st Lt. Kenneth Reid while serving in the US Army in Vietnam. According to an Army representative Kenneth was killed while instructing members of the Vietnam forces in military tatics. He had served in Vietnam 13 months. Kenneth was graduated from Blaine High School in 1962 and enlisted in the Army in 1965. After serving the first two years he applied and was accepted in the Officers Candidate School in Ft. Benning GA. On 22 Jan (1967) Kenneth was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic conduct in leading his platoon during a combat operation. Quoting from the letter sent the family at the time; "In earning this award, Kenneth distinguished himself as exceptional, even among the many outstanding young officers who served beside him. That he can lead men in carrying out the difficult but necessary tasks of war, indicates that your son has in abundance those qualities of responsibilities through all his future endeavors." Editors Note. The grief felt by the loss of this member of the U.S. armed forces is shared by many more of us than just the Reid family. The war, its gains and losses, belongs to all of us and as a community we share in the loss of Kenneth Reid. To the family our deepest To the family, our deepest sympathies. (Blaine Journal, Blaine WA, Thursday, 29 Aug 1968)
Reid, 1st Lt. Kenneth W. Reid, age 24, of Blaine WA was killed in action in Viet Nam, Friday, 23 Aug 1968. A lifetime resident of the Blaine area he graduated from Blaine High School in 1962 and had served in Viet Nam for the past 13 months. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Reid, of Blaine; two brothers Randy of Renton and Fred of Blaine; a sister, Carrilee, also of Blaine; numerous aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held in Veroskes McKinney Funeral Home Tuesday, 10 Sep (1968), at 1 o'clock with Chaplain Marvin Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in the Sumas Cemetery with full military honors. The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham WA, Monday, 10 Sep 1968)
Army Sgt. Dean L. Lang 228 5th Ave., Kirkland, died 24 Aug (1968) in Vietnam. Born 7 Jun 1941, in South Dakota, he had lived in Western Washington for 15 years, several of these in Lynnwood. He was a former employee of Martile Roofing in Seattle. He leaves his wife, Sharon; three daughters, Annette, Janette and Joy, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Genevieve Davis Lang of Lynnwood; his grandmother, Mrs. Gertrude Delay of South Dakota; his grandfather, Fred Lang of Seattle; four brothers Duane and Van, both of Everett, Roger of Edmonds and Harley Jr. of Seattle; and a sister, Mrs. Shirley Shannon of Duvall. Services: Friday, 1 pm., Floral Hills Funeral Home; burial, Floral Hills Heather Garden. (Everett Herald 1968)
Spec. 4 Guy A. Davison, 21, 105 Dorn Ave., died 25 Aug (1968) in Vietnam. Born 29 May 1947 in Everett he attended Everett schools and was graduated in 1966 from Cascade High School. He entered the Army in November, 1966, and spent a year's tour of duty in Vietnam ending in May of this year. He volunteered for a second tour in Vietnam, and had been there since June 5, attached to Co. C, 720 MP Battalion, U.S. Army. He leaves his mother, Mrs. Florence M. Davison at the home; his father, R. E. Davison of Everett" two brothers, Spec. 4 Michael Davison stationed with the U. S. Army in Germany, and Ron Davison at home; and a sister, Mrs. Lynette Johnson of Janesville WI. Funeral arrangements will be announced from the funeral home of Purdy and Walters. (Everett Herald 1968)
(MIA information extracted from POWnetwork.org) At this time there is little information available about his death. P.O.W. Network
Remembrance for our brother, Bill Hawley He was born in Everett and spent most of his childhood in Everett before we moved to Spokane. In Spokane he attended Rodgers High School in Spokane before he quit and joined the Marine Corps. He was only 18 when he was shipped to Vietnam and died 30 days later in Quang Nam Province. (photo and remembrance from brothers and sisters... celebrating the Marine Corps birthday 2003)
HAWLEY, Orvil V, (Bill) -- Private in the U.S. Marines. Attended Havermale and North Central High School. Survived by his mother, Mrs. George E. Worley, Spokane; 5 brothers, Sgt. Thomas H. Freeman, Vietnam; Merie J. Freeman, S.D.; David Layton, Lawrence Layton, Patrick Layton, all of Spokane; 2 sisters, Victoria Layton, Spokane; Mrs. Linda Keck, N.C. Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Richards, Everett WA. Funeral services Wed. 25 Sep (1968) at 10 a.m. in the Rose Chapel of the Hennessey Funeral Home, N2203 Division St. The Rev. Fredrick H. Haad officiating. Interment Greenwood Memorial Terrace. (The Spokesman-Review, Spokane WA, 24 Sep 1968)
Obituary Funeral services for Marine Pfc. Orvil V. Hawley, 18, will be at 10 a.m. today at Hennessey Funeral Home. The Rev. Fredrick H. Haag will officiate with burial following in Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Pfc. Hawley was killed in Vietnam combat 30 Aug (1968) while on patrol near Quang Nam. He was Spokane County's 54th war casualty. He attended Havermale Junior High and North Central and Rogers High schools. He had been in Vietnam only a month and was a member of C Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Divison(The Spokesman-Review, Spokane WA, 25 Sep 1968)
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