FACES FROM THE WALL

VIETNAM WAR

MARCH 1968

    Gerald William "Jerry" MARKWITH
Birth 18APR48 Rank PFC Date of Death 01MAR68
P. of birth   Service Marines PlaceQuang Tri, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Federal Way Unit Mike Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Mar Regt Death Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown   service # 2377110Panel42EAST - 20 
married Single MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date05FEB68Comment   Cemetery  
Federal Way High School, Federal Way WA, Senior: 1967

FWay Marine Killed in VN Marine Pfc. Gerald W. Markwith, of Federal Way, has been listed by the Defense Department as killed in action in Vietnam. He was identified as the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Markwith, of 30456 9th Ave. S., Federal Way. (Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA, 7 Mar 1968 )

Thank You John for the pictures

    Leslie Eugene MURRAY

Birth 28NOV41 Rank BM2 Date of Death 01MAR68
P. of birth   Service Navy PlacePhong Dinh, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
ChehalisUnit COMREVFLOT 1 DET DONG TAMDeath Code Hostile, Died Missing; Ground Casualty; Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Hometown   service # 3903242Panel42EAST - 22 
married SingleMIA -   Medals  
Tour Date15JUL67Comment River Assault Sqdn 11 - Div 112Cemetery  

    Guy North BERNARD

Birth 04FEB46 Rank LCPL Date of Death 02MAR68
P. of birth Seattle Service Marines PlaceQuang Tri, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Port OrchardUnit Co M, 3/1st Mar, 9th Mar, 3rd MarDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Other Explosive Device
Hometown   service # 2251173Panel42EAST - 27 
married Single MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date05FEB68 Comment   CemeterySunset Lane Cemetery, Port Orchard

GUY BERNARD ENLISTS IN MARINES Guy N. Bernard, son of Mrs. Donna E. Bunce, of 1437 Flower St. Port Orchard, has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Guy is now receiving eight weeks of recruit training at San Diego, Calif. After completion of recruit training, he will be stationed at Camp Pendleton CA, for advance combat training. (The Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA 8 Sep 1966)

Services for Marine Lance Cpl. Guy North Bernard, 22, son of Mrs. Vernon (Donna) Bunce, 1433 Flower St. Port Orchard, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Pendleton-Gilchrist Funeral home, with Navy Chaplain Cmdr. G. N. Hershberger officiating. Burial with military honors honors will follow at Sunset Lane Cemetery, Port Orchard. Lance Cpl. Bernard died as a result of fragmentation wounds suffered in combat in Vietnam, 2 Mar (1968). In addition to his mother and stepfather, he is survived by three brothers, M. James Bernard of Port Orchard Rte. 4 Box 89-J, Ronald Bernard, Bremerton, and Vernon Bunce III at the family home; seven sisters, Mrs. Leigh (Sharon) Erickson of Olalla, Mrs. Douglas (Cheryl) Silberman of Bench Road Port Orachrd, Mrs. Robert (Vernetta) Hesson of Port Orchard, and Misses Donna, Marcia, Barbara and Cynthia Bunce, all of the family home; maternal grandmother Mrs. Amy Askey, Seattle, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as well as Mr. and Mrs. Chester O’Hair, 2739 Cherry Ave, who for many years helped care for him while he lived in Bremerton. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA, 14 Mar 1968)

Seattleite, Port Orchard Marine Die in Vietnam A Seattle soldier and a Port Orchard marine have been killed in Vietnam the Associated Press reported.
    The Defense Department announced yesterday that Army Pfc John L. Stewart, 2833 Patten Place W., died 26 Feb (1968). Marine Lance Cpl. Guy North Bernard of Port Orchard was killed in action Saturday near Quang Tri.
    Stewart, 23, born in Seattle, attended Magnolia Elementary School and Catherine Blaine Jr high School. He graduated from Queen Anne high School in 1963 and attended Everett Jr College and the University of Washington.
    Stewart entered the Army in July, 1966 and trained at Fort Lewis and Fort Polk LA. He left Seattle for Vietnam 8 Jan (1968).
    Surviving Stewart are his wife, Susan L.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Stewart; a brother, Allan Stewart, and three sisters, Lynn, Deborah and Jan Stewart, all at the Home, and his grandmothers, Mrs. Ruth Foss, Seattle, and Mrs. Bernice Stewart, San Pedro CA.
    Funeral Services will be announced by the Arthur A. Wright & Son Queen Anne Chapel.
    Bernard, 22, also born in Seattle, attended Bremerton Elementary School and South Kitsap high School. He enlisted in the Job Corps, then in August, 1966, joined the Marine Corps. He was trained at San Diego and Camp Pendleton CA. He went to Vietnam 5 Feb (1968).
    Funeral services will be announced by the Pendleton-Gilchrist Funeral Home; Port Orchard. (Seattle Times, Seattle WA 6 Mar 1968)

    Michael Dennis FROST

Birth 09OCT46 Rank PFC Date of Death 02MAR68
P. of birth   Service Army (Draft)PlaceGia Dinh, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Mercer IslandUnit 25th Inf Div, C Co, 4th Bn, 9th InfDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hometown   service # 56958964Panel42EAST - 31 
married Single MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date 12DEC67 Comment   Cemetery  
Central Washington State College, Ellensburg Freshman - yearbook 1965

Two Island's Men Die In Vietnam.
    Mercer Island's Darryl W. Wright, 23, and Michael D. Frost, 21, lost their lives in Vietnam, Darryl on 6 Mar (1968) and Michael on 2 Mar (1968), according to Defense Department Information.
    Darryl who was graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1963, was in his senior year majoring in forest products at the University of Washington when he was drafted into the Army last July. Previously, he had attended Olympic College for two years.
    Michael, a 1964 MIHS graduate, has completed two years at Everett Jr. College and one year at Central Washington State College in Ellensburg. He was also drafted into the Army in July 1967.
    The men knew each other, and their Army careers were parallel. Both trained at Ft. Lewis, then underwent advanced infantry training in jungle warfare at Ft. Polk, LA. They spent the latter part of November on leave at their homes on Mercer Island, and went to Viet Nam in early December.
    Darryl was the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Burgess Wright, who have lived on Mercer Island since 1947. Darryl was born in Seattle. His brother Michael 27, and his parents survive. Services for Darryl Wright were held Tuesday at Bonney Watson Central Funeral Home; afterwards he was buried with military honors in Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue WA.
    Michael Frost was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Frost, who moved to Mercer Island from Bellevue seven years ago. His sister Susan 16, attends Mercer Island High School. Michael's special interest was photography. He was President of MIHS photo club, and contributed sports event pictures to the Mercer Island Reporter. Before his death he had been avidly documenting his war experiences with his own photographs, his mother once told the Reporter.
    Michael's father said that his son, like most young men who today face inevitable military obligation, had to decide for himself his real motivation and objectives, and what action his conscience dictated he should take.
    That Michael found his own answers in his own way is evident from writings he never mailed, but which were found among his personal effects and quoted in part for the Reporter by Mr. Frost.
    "I have been prepared for something I'm not sure I believe in. It makes my own conscience this job and set aside other personal beliefs.
    "I have this inexplicable feeling of duty. I am not sure I can explain what I mean by duty, other than it is something that combines pride and Responsibility. If I were to some way dodge this service obligation I'd feel like an apple tree that doesn't bear apples but takes the best from the soil around it and gives nothing in return.
    Michael indicated further, his father said, that he was not content with the "apple tree" analogy, but it was the best he could think of.
    Memorial services for Michael Frost will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, 23 Mar (1968), in the First Congregational Church, Bellevue. The family suggests that any rememberances be made in the form of contributions to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 752 108th NE Bellevue. (MI Reporter, Mercer Island WA, Thursday 21 Mar 1968)

    William Franklin ALSMAN

Birth 21OCT32 Rank SSGT Date of Death 03MAR68
P. of birth Washington INService Army Place Gia Dinh, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Indianapolis IN Unit 25th Inf. Div. Death Code Hostile, Died of Wounds; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown   service # 16332011 Panel42EAST - 47  
married Married In service 17 yrsMedals  
Tour Date 04FEB68 Local Tacoma  Cemetery  

S. Sgt William F. Alsman, 35, of 1534 S. Sprague St., who was killed in action in Vietnam 3 Mar (1968) had served in the Army 17 years. He was born in Washington IN. Sgt. Alsman was a member of the American Rifle Association and American Association of Sergeants. He left 2 Feb (1968) for Vietnam. Survivors include his wife, Mary; a stepson, Edward Zinski Jr., of the home; two step-daughters, Nancy and Kimberly Pelton, both of the home; his father, Benjamin, of Washington IN; three brothers, James of Wheatland IN, Bruce, of Indianapolis IN, and David, with the Army; two sisters, Mrs. Betty Davenport, of Indianapolis, and Clara, of Terre Haute IN. Services are announced by Gaffney Funeral Home. (The Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA, 25 Mar 1968)

    Richard Samuel GINDER

Birth 11MAR48 Rank PFC Date of Death 03MAR68
P. of birth Yakima Service Marines PlaceQuang Tri, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
YakimaUnit 3rd Mar Div, 1st Searchlight Btry, 12th MarinesDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Other explosive device
Hometown   service # 2315214Panel42EAST - 51 
married Single MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date 22DEC67 Comment   Cemetery  

Yakiman dies in Vietnam. PFC Richard S. Ginder, 19, Rt. 2, Yakima, was killed in Vietnam 3 Mar (1968), between Cua Viet and Dong Ha on the U River. He was manning a searchlight on a U.S. Navy patrol boat when it was blown up. PFC Ginder entered the service as a Marine July 1967 and went to Vietnam 16 Dec 1967. He was born in Yakima attended the Mountainview Elementary School, and was a 1966 graduate of West Valley High School. He was an avid outdoor man, with hobbies of archery, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray P. Ginder, Yakima, a sister, Mrs. Patricia Irene Wood, Yakima; and his grandmother, Mrs. Florence Reece, Yakima. Services are pending at Shaw & Sons Funeral Home awaiting arrival of the body. (Yakima Morning Herald, Yakima WA 15 Mar 1968)

    Richard Charles SPENCER


around age 14
Birth 03SEP48 Rank SP4 Date of Death 03MAR68
P. of birth Chicago ILService Army (Draft)PlaceGia Dinh, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
BremertonUnit 25th Inf Div, A Co, 3rd Bn, 22nd InfDeath Code Non-Hostile Died Missing; Ground Casualty; Drowned
Hometown  service # 56958130Panel42EAST - 57 
married Single MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date 15JUL67 Comment   CemeteryWoodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery

Remembrance for my Uncle Dick I was named after my Uncle Richard C. Spencer. This school picture was taken when he was 14 years old Richard C. Spencer. (email received Oct 2004)

2 Kitsap Servicemen Die in Vietnam War
    Two local men have been reported killed in Vietnam.
    U.S. Army Sgt. Richard C. Spencer, 19, son of Mrs. Albina F. Spencer, 1047 Callahan Drive, and Norman C. Spencer, Seabeck Highway (Rte. 1, Box 1417-E), was listed as killed following a patrol boat accident near Saigon, 3 Mar (1968).
    Also reported killed was U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 1.C. Jeider J. Warren, 36, of Olalla Rte. 1, Box 255. He died 27 Feb (1968) as result of injuries suffered during a Naval assault action near Phong Chi, Vietnam.
    News of the Army man’s death came in a telegram to Mrs. Spencer received March 8. The Army said Sgt. Spencer was last seen as a passenger aboard a small patrol boat following another boat. Both boats were en route to a Nike defense position when the wake of the first boat capsized the boat Sgt. Spencer was in.
    A second telegraph received yesterday advised the family Sgt. Spencer’s body had been recovered and identified.
    Sgt. Spencer was born 3 Sep 1948, in Chicago, IL. And moved to this area with his family in 1950. He grew up here and attended Central Kitsap High School.
    In February, 1967, he volunteered for induction into the army and requested Vietnam duty. Following a brief period at Fort Lewis he was transferred to Fort Bliss, Tex, for basic training and later to Fort Polk, La. For advanced infantry training in guerilla warfare.
    The young sergeant left for Vietnam July 12, and served with the 3rd battalion 22nd infantry near Saigon.
    “He wanted to go to Vietnam,” Mrs. Spencer said. “He said, ‘Mom, if we don't go over there, they’re going to come over here.' That’s why I can't understand these kids that protest,” she said. “He was supposed to come home in July for 30 days leave.”
    Besides his mother and father, Sgt. Spencer is survived by an older brother, Alan Spencer, Perry Avenue (Rte. 5, Box 55); a younger sister, Miss Norma Ann Spencer, living with her mother; and his grandmother, Mrs. Gertrude Spencer, Seabeck Highway (Rte. 1, Box 1417-E) as well as an aunt and several cousins living here.
    Funeral services are pending at the Lewis Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Port Townsend.
    At the time of his death Warren was attached to a naval assault squadron.
    The Navy man was born 28 Oct 1931, in Downsville LA. He was raised in Downsville and entered service with the Navy in 1950 in Freeport LA.
    Prior to serving aboard the USS Sacramento here he was stationed in Long Beach, Calif, where he served aboard minesweepers.
    He was transferred to Vietnam 27 Jan 1968.
    Survivors include his widow, Barbara at the family home, two sons, Michael and Rex Warren, both at the family home; his parents, Mr. And Mrs. O. V. Warren of Downsville; and two brothers and four sisters.
    Memorial services were held today in Downsville LA. Funeral services with military honors will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Washelli, Seattle. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Bonney-Watson Funeral Home of Northgate, Seattle. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA)

Richard Charles Spencer, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Spencer of Bremerton WA, passed away 3 Mar 1968 in Vietnam. He was born 3 Sep 1948 in Chicago IL, and attended schools in Bremerton. He was serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Ala H. Spencer and wife, Shelly, of Bremerton; a sister, Norma Ann of Bremerton, and his paternal grandmother Mrs. Gertrude A. Spencer of Bremerton. Aunts Mrs. Mary Penn of Illinois and Mrs. Sophie Lowe of Bremerton. Rosary will be recited at the Lewis Funeral Chapel, Thursday, 21 Mar 1968 at 7:30 p.m. Requiem Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Friday, 22 Mar 1968 at 11 a.m. Military graveside services at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA)

Army Sgt. Richard C. Spencer drowned near Saigon 3 Mar (1968) ... He had been aboard a small patrol boat en route to a night defense position. The boat capsized in the wake of a larger boat (Seattle Times, Seattle WA, 15 Mar 68)

    Prentis Barney BOYKIN Jr.
Birth 08AUG47 Rank PFC Date of Death 04MAR68
P. of birth   Service Army Place Darlac, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
VancouverUnit 173rd Abn Bde, D Co, 16th ArmorDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown   service # 18958699Panel42EAST - 61 
married Single Links * Virtual Wall
* 173rd Abn Bde
* 173rdAirborne
Medals  
Tour Date 05MAY67 Comment   Cemetery  

Picture supplied by his friend, Gregory Payne

Army Pfc. Boykin is casualty The death of Army Pfc. Prentis B. Boykin Jr., 20, as the reseult of wounds received in action while serving in Vietnam was reported today. According to an Army spokesman, the soldier died in Vietnam 4 Mar (1968) as the result of wounds suffered during a firefight with enemy forces. He was a member of Company C, 16th Armored, 173rd Airborne Division. Boykin was the eighth member of the armed forces with Clark County ties to die in the Vietnam War this year, while only one death had been reported at this same point in 1967. His was the 29th death of a county resident or former resident since the war began nine more than during the Korean War. Boykin was graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1965 and entered the Army here 1 Nov (1966). He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Prentis B. Boykin Sr., 2913 E. Fourteenth Court. The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 8 Mar 1968)

    Leonard O'Neal CHANDLER

Birth 01FEB35 Rank SSGT Date of Death 04MAR68
P. of birth Tallahassee AL Service Army Place Binh Duong S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Clanton AL Unit Ist Inf. Div. Death Code Non-Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Heart Attack
Hometown   service #   Panel42EAST - 61  
married Married MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date05FEB68CommentTacoma   Cemetery  

S. Sgt. Leonard O'Neal Chandler, 33, who died last Monday of an apparent heart attack in Vietnam, served with the 1st Infantry Division. He was born in Tallahassee AL. His family moved to Tacoma three years ago. Survivors include his wife, Maryann; a daughter, Karen, of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvie Chandler, of Birmingham AL; two sisters, Mrs. Troy White and Mrs. Jim Tucker, both of Birmingham; and four brothers, John, Earl, Edward, and LeMar, all of Birmingham. Military services will be announced by Gaffney Funeral Home. (The Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA, 11 Mar 1968)

    Vernon Lee LEUNING

Birth 16JUN46 Rank WO Date of Death 04MAR68
P. of birth   Service Army (Reserves)Place Binh Duong, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
YakimaUnit 1st Avn Bde, 162nd Aviation CoDeath Code Hostile, Died; Helicopter - Crew; Air Loss, Crash - Land
Hometown Zillahservice # W3156552 Panel 42EAST - 68 
married Single Link Helicopter Medals  
Tour Date01FEB68Comment   Cemetery Zillah Cemetery, Zillah WA

Valley Army Officer killed on third mission in Vietnam.
    Warrant Officer Vernon L. Leuning was killed by enemy gunfire in Vietnam 4 Mar (1968). The 21 year old helicopter pilot's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Leuning, Rt. 1, Zillah, were notified of their son's death Sunday.
    Flying his third mission in Vietnam 6 Feb (1968), WO Leuning was killed when a direct artillery hit struck his airborne craft near Saigon.
    Saturday, the Leunings received a letter from their son who described his first mission over enemy territory. On that mission, the helicopter crew had blown up an enemy bunker, a saipan, and a troop movement near Nha Be, south of Saigon.
    "He had prepared himself for death," the Army officer's father said describing visits with his son when he was home on leave in January. "Six of his buddies had already died in Vietnam, and he knew it could happen to him."
    A graduate of Toppenish High School, WO Leuning entered the Army in June 1966, after completing two years of study at Yakima Valley College. He had basic training at Ft. Polk LA, flight instruction at Ft. Walters TX, and advanced training at Ft. Rucker AL. WO Leuning was commissioned 30 Jun 1967, and was stationed at Ft. Knox KY. There he was a pilot for medivac, an Army organization which helicopter lifted accident victims. At Ft. Knox he joined the newly formed A Troop of the 1st Air Cavalry.
    The body is being flown here for burial. Zillah news article...(Yakima Morning Herald, Yakima WA 12 Mar 1968)

Funeral Services for Warrant Officer Vernon Lee Leuning, 21, who was killed in Vietnam, will be held today at 2pm in Hopkins Colonial Chapel, Toppenish, with full military honors. Internment will be in the Zillah Cemetery. W.O. Leuning, a helicopter pilot of the First Air Cavalry was shot down by enemy gunfire 4 Mar (1968), near Saigon. The young man was a graduate of Toppenish High School and completed two years at Yakima Valley College. He entered the service in June of 1966. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley V. Leuning, Zillah, a brother Clinton Leuning, Portland OR, and his grandparents, Mrs. Inez Leuning, Zillah, and Mr. and Mrs. Lynard Sears, Mabton. Zillah news article...(Yakima Morning Herald, Yakima WA 26 Mar 1968)

    Rodney Gale FRANK

Birth 28APR34 Rank SSGT Date of Death 05MAR68
P. of birth   Service Army Place Quang Nam, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
BellevueUnit A Company, 2/35th, 3rd Brigade, 4 Inf. Div. Death Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hometown   service # 19440767Panel43EAST - 06
married Single Link Cacti Medals Combat Inf. Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Natonal Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
Tour Date 21SEP67 Comment   Cemetery  

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SSG Rodney G. Frank, who died on March 5th, 1968 in Quang Tin Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was Multi-Frag. At the time of his death Rodney was 33 years of age. He was from Bellevue, Washington.
The decorations earned by SSG Rodney G. Frank include: the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm The 35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association

    Fredrick Ellis LARSEN

Birth 19DEC42Rank SP4 Date of Death 05MAR68
P. of birth   Service Army (Draft)Place Phuoc Long, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
SeattleUnit 101st Abn Div C Co 3rd Bn 187th InfDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown Sparks, NVservice # 56958182Panel43EAST - 08 
married Married Link VirtualWall.Org Medals  
Tour Date01DEC67Comment   Cemetery Nevada

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    Edward Lindley VAN HORN

Birth 30MAR47 Rank PFC Date of Death 05MAR68
P. of birth   Service Army (Draft) Place Quang Ngai, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Tacoma Unit 11th LIB, D Co, 4th Bn, 3rd InfDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Other Explosive Device
Hometown ... service # 56959448Panel 43EAST - 12 
married Married MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date 15JAN68 Comment   Cemetery  

    Gary Lewis COLOMBO
Birth 06SEP46 Rank CPL Date of Death 06MAR68
P. of birth   Service Marines Place offshore S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
YakimaUnit HMM-164Death Code Non-Hostile Died; Helicopter - Crew; Air Loss Crash - Sea
Hometown Walla Wallaservice # 2197556Panel43EAST - 16
married Single Link Popasmoke.com
and Helicopter
Medals  
MIA - BNR Comment Cemetery  

(MIA extraction from pownetwork.org)   On 6 Mar 1968, Gary Colombo was the Crew Chief on a CH-46A maintenance test hop from the decks of the USS Valley Forge The aircraft experienced dual engine failure and ditched in the South China Sea. All of the crew except Columbo were rescued. His body was not recovered. For more information about this event go to PowNetWork

Additional Biography available at Popasmoke.com

Walla Walla Marine Dies. Marine Cpl. Gary L.Columbo, of Walla Walla has died in Vietnam but not as a result of hostile action, the Defense Department announced yesterday, the Associated Press reported. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Columbo of Walla Walla>(Seattle Times, Seattle WA 14 Mar 1968)

    Gary Lynn ENGEBRETSON

Birth 24SEP47 Rank SP4 Date of Death 06MAR68
P. of birth Minnesota Service Army Place Quang Ngai, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
SheltonUnit 198th LIB, B Co, 9th Support BnDeath Code Hostile Died; Helicopter - Crew; Air Loss Crash - Land
Hometown   service # 18977166Panel 43EAST - 17 
married Single Link Helicopter Medals  
Tour Date06OCT67 Comment   Cemetery  

GARY ENGELBRETSON KILLED IN VIET NAM
    Mrs. Margaret Engebretson, Shelton, was notified Tuesday that the body of her son, Gary, 20, missing in action in Viet Nam since 6 Mar (1968), had been found.
    The young soldier, a specialist fourth class, was on a visual reconnaissance flight when the plane in which he was riding went down.
    His mother was notified that the military aircraft in which he was a passenger crashed and burned. Notification came from an Army sergeant from Ft. Lewis that the plane wreckage and her son's body had been found Monday morning.
    Mrs. Engebretson had been notified 9 Mar (1968) that her son had been missing since 6 Mar (1968).
    Gary graduated from Shelton High School in 1965 and entered the Army in 1966. He left for Viet Nam in October, 1967 and was an ordnance supply clerk until the first of this year when he transferred to helicopter repair.
    Gary was born in Minnesota and lived in Iowa one year before coming to Shelton in 1963 following the death of his father.
    His mother and two sisters, Shirley, 17, and Laurie, 9, live at St. Rt. 2, Box 194AA, a trailer court near Sanderson Field.
    Funeral and memorial services for the young soldier are pending his mother said. Shelton-Mason County Journal, 21 Mar 1968)

    Robert LOPEZ

Birth 07OCT24 Rank LTC Date of Death 06MAR68
P. of birth   Service Army (Reserve) PlaceS. Vietnam
Town of
Record
SeattleUnit Special Forces FOB1Death Code Hostile Died; Helicopter - NonCrew; Air Loss Crash - Land
Hometown   service # 964809Panel 43EAST - 25 
married Married MIA - 06 Mar 68 Medals  
Tour Dateremains found 1993 and 1994Comment   CemeteryArlington National Cemetery

(MIA extraction from pownetwork.org) Lt Col Robert Lopez was born 7 Oct 1924 and was a career soldier. On 6 Mar 1968 Lt. Col Lopez was a passenger aboard a US Marine Corps CH46A helicopter on an insertion mission in Vietnam. Also aboard the helicopter were an unknown number of indigenous personnel working with the Special Forces team. While hovering above and 80 foot canopy to insert the team, the helicopter received moderate small arms fire and began settling. It descented until the rotor blades struck the trees and then the air craft twisted and fell landing on its right side. Following the crash the pilot and co-pilot were helplessly trapped in the wreckage of the cockpit. The personnel who were able to get out of the burning craft were able to free the co-pilot. The fire quickly reached the cockpit and ammunition began exploding and the survivors were forced to abandon rescue efforts. Lt Col. Lopez had been thrown from the helicopter and was pinned under the aircraft. The Survivors were quickly extracted by rescue helicopters. A recovery team was on site about 2 hours later and found the body of Lt Col. Lopez. The body of the pilot and several missing indigenous men were believed destroyed by fire and explosion. A decision was made not to attempt recovery of Lopez's badly charred remains. In 1993 and 1994 the remains of Lopez and the pilot were found and returned to the US. For more information about this event go to PowNetWork

    Darryl Whitney WRIGHT

Birth 11NOV44 Rank CPL Date of Death 06MAR68
P. of birth Seattle WA Service Army (Draft)PlaceDinh Tuong, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Mercer Island Unit A Co, 2nd Bn, 39th InfDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown Mercer Islandservice # 56958997Panel 43EAST - 39 
married Single Link 9th Infantry Medals  
Tour Date 09DEC67 Comment  Cemetery Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Bellevue WA
  Olympic College, Bremerton WA, 1964

Two Island's Men Die In Vietnam.
    Mercer Island's Darryl W. Wright, 23, and Michael D. Frost, 21, lost their lives in Vietnam, Darryl on 6 Mar (1968) and Michael on 2 Mar (1968), according to Defense Department Information.
    Darryl who was graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1963, was in his senior year majoring in forest products at the University of Washington when he was drafted into the Army last July. Previously, he had attended Olympic College for two years.
    Michael, a 1964 MIHS graduate, has completed two years at Everett Jr. College and one year at Central Washington State College in Ellensburg. He was also drafted into the Army in July 1967.
    The men knew each other, and their Army careers were parallel. Both trained at Ft. Lewis, then underwent advanced infantry training in jungle warfare at Ft. Polk, LA. They spent the latter part of November on leave at their homes on Mercer Island, and went to Viet Nam in early December.
    Darryl was the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Burgess Wright, who have lived on Mercer Island since 1947. Darryl was born in Seattle. His brother Michael 27, and his parents survive. Services for Darryl Wright were held Tuesday at Bonney Watson Central Funeral Home; afterwards he was buried with military honors in Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue WA.
    Michael Frost was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Frost, who moved to Mercer Island from Bellevue seven years ago. His sister Susan 16, attends Mercer Island High School. Michael's special interest was photography. He was President of MIHS photo club, and contributed sports event pictures to the Mercer Island Reporter. Before his death he had been avidly documenting his war experiences with his own photographs, his mother once told the Reporter.
    Michael's father said that his son, like most young men who today face inevitable military obligation, had to decide for himself his real motivation and objectives, and what action his conscience dictated he should take.
    That Michael found his own answers in his own way is evident from writings he never mailed, but which were found among his personal effects and quoted in part for the Reporter by Mr. Frost.
    "I have been prepared for something I'm not sure I believe in. It makes my own conscience this job and set aside other personal beliefs.
    "I have this inexplicable feeling of duty. I am not sure I can explain what I mean by duty, other than it is something that combines pride and Responsibility. If I were to some way dodge this service obligation I'd feel like an apple tree that doesn't bear apples but takes the best from the soil around it and gives nothing in return.
    Michael indicated further, his father said, that he was not content with the "apple tree" analogy, but it was the best he could think of.
    Memorial services for Michael Frost will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, 23 Mar (1968), in the First Congregational Church, Bellevue. The family suggests that any rememberances be made in the form of contributions to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 752 108th NE Bellevue. (MI Reporter, Mercer Island WA, Thursday 21 Mar 1968)

    Richard Dale FEIRO

Birth 23FEB37 Rank SSGT Date of Death 09MAR68
P. of birth Duluth MNService Marines PlaceQuang Nam, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Seattle Unit GAG II HDQTRS III MAFDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Other Explosive Device
Hometown   service # 1513797Panel43EAST - 66 
married Married MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date 24NOV67 Comment   Cemetery Woodlawn Memorial Park.

   Bremerton Marine Is Killed
    Marine S. Sgt. Richard D, Feiro, whose wife, Donna, and three children live at 3023 17th St., has been reported killed in Vietnam while in his second combat tour.
    Sgt. Feiro, 31, was killed as a result of wounds sustained from the explosion of an enemy mine March 9 near Da Nang.
    At the time of his death he had been in Vietnam almost four months and was a member of the 2nd Combined Action Group, 3rd Amphibious Force an organization which includes both Vietnamese and Marine personnel and operates as a single combat force.
    Sgt. Feiro had served a previous tour in Vietnam in 1963. Until last September He had been stationed at Bremerton Marine Barracks where he was the noncommissioned training officer.
    “He was a little apprehensive about going this time,” his mother, Mrs. Kenneth (Rosely) Holcomb of Seattle, said. “But he never would have refused going. He was a true Marine. He loved the Marines very much.”
    Sgt. Feiro was born in Duluth MN, 23 Feb 1937, and moved with his family to Seattle in 1949. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1954 and was married in Seattle in 1956.
    Besides his widow and mother Sgt. Feiro is survived by a daughter, Kolleen, 10, and two sons, Dennis, 8, and David, 6; a brother, Arthur Feiro, Port Angeles (Clallam County); and a sister, Mrs. Lorie Parkins, Seattle.
    Funeral arrangements at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Chapel are pending. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA 12 Mar 1968)

Richard D. Feiro Funeral Notice Funeral services will be held tomorrow in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Chapel for Marine Staff Sgt. Richard D. Feiro, 31, who was killed by an enemy mine March 9 near Da Nang, Vietnam. The 11 a.m. services will be under the direction of Miller-Reynolds Funeral Home. Chaplain George Hershberger will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA)

    Kenneth R. WILLIAMS Jr.

Birth 08AUG47 Rank CPL Date of Death 09MAR68
P. of birth   Service Marines PlaceQuang Tri, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Olympia Unit 2BD Bn, 26th MarsDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Misadventure
Hometown   service # 2108298Panel 44EAST - 01 
married Married MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date 31OCT67 Comment   Cemetery Odd Fellows Cem., Olympia WA

    Melvin Arnold HOLLAND
Birth 06JAN36 Rank TSGT Date of Death 11MAR68
P. of birth   Service Air Force PlaceLaos
Town of
Record
WoodlandUnit Lima Site 85 Death Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire BNR
Hometown  service # 19495705Panel 44EAST - 21
married MarriedLink Virtual Wall Medals  
MIA - BNRCommentbook: "One Day To Long" Cemetery  

(MIA report an extraction from Pownetwork and the Tacoma News Tribune) Melvin Holland and David Price volunteered for a top secret assignment called "Heavy Green". They were relieved of their Air Force duties to take a civilian job with Lockheed Aircraft to man a radar base in Laos. Laos neutrality prohibited U.S. Military presence so the men became 'paper' civilians.
    Lima 85, as the site was called, was on a peak in the Annam Highlands. It was protected by sheer cliffs on three sides and guarded by 300 tribesmen working for the CIA. The men served as unarmed civilians for two weeks and then spent two weeks in Thailand. The purpose of the base was to provide radar coverage across the Tonkin Delta to Hanoi allowing better night guidance.
    There was plenty of warning that the North Vietnamese were advancing on the installation. It was known that a road was being built to to move men and heavy equipment. Yet the site was so important that all warnings were ignored
    On 11 Mar 1968, the 340th North Vietnamese Regiment, a force of about 2000 men over-ran the base. Of the 16 Americans present at that time, 4 were able to escape.
    The Air Force wasted little time and after a review of photos of the radar site sent in planes to the site to pulverize the radar equipment. It is believed that anything living was killed during those strikes
    Most of the wives knew of the secret mission and had signed an oath not to talk. It was understood that the men who volunteered would, at the end of their service at Lima 85, be reinstated in the the Air Force as if the separation never occurred. In one case, it wasn't until 1982 that the father/husband was reinstated in the Air Force and the family received the death benefits normally paid to survivors. For more information about this event visit Pownetwork.org/Holland ; Pownetwork.org/Price or read The Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA 17 Apr 1983 page H-5

    David Stanley PRICE

Birth 14JUL41 Rank SGT Date of Death 11MAR68
P. of birth   Service Air Force PlaceLaos
Town of
Record
CentraliaUnit Lima Site 85 Death Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown  service # 537387809Panel 44EAST - 19 
married MarriedMIA - BNRMedals  
Tour Date   Comment   Cemetery  

(MIA report an extraction from Pownetwork and the Tacoma News Tribune) David Price and Melvin Holland volunteered for a top secret assignment called "Heavy Green". They were relieved of their Air Force duties to take a civilian job with Lockheed Aircraft to man a radar base in Laos. Laos neutrality prohibited U.S. Military presence so the men became 'paper' civilians.
    Lima 85, as the site was called, was on a peak in the Annam Highlands. It was protected by sheer cliffs on three sides and guarded by 300 tribesmen working for the CIA. The men served as unarmed civilians for two weeks and then spent two weeks in Thailand. The purpose of the base was to provide radar coverage across the Tonkin Delta to Hanoi allowing better night guidance.
    There was plenty of warning that the North Vietnamese were advancing on the installation. It was known that a road was being built to to move men and heavy equipment. Yet the site was so important that all warnings were ignored
    On 11 Mar 1968, the 340th North Vietnamese Regiment, a force of about 2000 men over-ran the base. Of the 16 Americans present at that time, 4 were able to escape.
    The Air Force wasted little time and after a review of photos of the radar site sent in planes to the site to pulverize the radar equipment. It is believed that anything living was killed during those strikes
    Most of the wives knew of the secret mission and had signed an oath not to talk. It was understood that the men who volunteered would, at the end of their service at Lima 85, be reinstated in the the Air Force as if the separation never occurred. In one case, it wasn't until 1982 that the father/husband was reinstated in the Air Force and the family received the death benefits normally paid to survivors. For more information about this event visit Pownetwork.org/Holland ; Pownetwork.org/Price or read The Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA 17 Apr 1983 page H-5

    Donald Robert ROBISON

Birth 9AUG40 Rank CAPT Date of Death 12MAR68
P. of birth   Service Army Place Hua Nghia, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
College AK Unit 11th ACR, M Co, 3rd Sqd, 11th Cavalry Death Code Hostile, Ground Casualty; Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hometown   service # O98269Panel 44EAST - 30 
married married Local Tacoma Medals Distinguished Service Cross
Tour Date 24NOV67 MemorialWashington State Vietnam War Memorial, Olympia WA Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery

J. Athan THEODORE
Birth 26JUL37 Rank SGT Date of Death 13MAR68
P. of birth Seattle Service Army (Reserve) Place Pleiku, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
VashonUnit Special Forces A-238Death Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown  service # 28979815Panel 44EAST - 41 
married Married MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date18OCT67Comment   Cemetery  
  University of Washington, Seattle WA, Sophomore - 1958 yearbook: Alpha Tau Omega

Vashon Island Soldier Dies In Vietnam Army Sgt. J. Athan Theodore, 30, of Route 1, Vashon Island, was killed in action last Wednesday, the Defense Department announced yesterday. Sergeant Theodore, a native of Seattle, had resided on Vashon Island the past five years. He had served in the Army Reserve since 1960 and went on active duty last June. He was sent to Vietnam in November and was serving with the Special Forces in the Central Highlands. Sergeant Theodore was a Ballard High School graduate and attended the University of Washington. He was a member of St. John Vianney Church, Vashon Island, and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at the U.W. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn E.; a son, John Theodore, 5, his mother, Mrs. Myrtle Theodore, Seattle, and four sisters, Mrs. Dean Taylor, Seattle, Mrs. William Srakken, Lake Tapps, Pierce County, Mrs. Maurice Zent, Taneytown MD, and another sister, Jaunita, in Minneapolis. Funeral Services will be announced later. The family suggested that any rememberances be to Dr. Pat Smith's hospital for the Montagnards of Vietnam, in care of the Kontum Hospital Fund, P.O.Box 5125, Seattle 98107. The Defense Department also reported that Army Staff Sgt. William F. Alsman of Tacoma was killed in action in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife Mary. (Seattle Times, Seattle WA, 19 Mar 1968)

    Frankie Ray JOHNSON

Birth 17DEC44 Rank EN3 Date of Death 14MAR68
P. of birth ToppenishService NavyPlace Quang Tri, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
ToppenishUnit RIV RON 11, RIV DIV 112Death Code Hostile, died missing; Ground Casualty; Other explosive device
Hometown  service # 3908986Panel 44EAST - 47  
married Single Link * River Assault
* Virtual Wall
Medals  
Tour Date15NOV67 Comment  CemeteryElmwood Cemetery

Toppenish sailor dies in Vietnam. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond O. Johnson of Toppenish were informed Wednesday morning of the death of their son, Frankie Ray Johnson, in Vietnam.
    " I deeply regret to confirm on behalf of the United States Navy that your son, Engineman, 3C, Frankie Ray Johnson, USN, was killed in action 14 March 1968.", the telegram read. "The armored troop carrier your son was on was mined in Jong Thach Han River, Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, while conducting operations as a unit of a river security group attached to task force Clearwater," the telegram read.
   The 23 year old serviceman was born, reared, and educated at Toppenish. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy about three years ago and served on the USS Castor stationed in Japan. The vessel operated on a supply route to the Vietnam area. After about a year he volunteered for duty with the Mobile Riverine Force (MRF], a unique army-navy striking force in the Mekong Delta. Following survival training in California last fall, he reported for duty aboard an armored troop carrier attached to the River Assault Flotilla One. The Riverine Force for which he volunteered is the first such unit to be established by the United States since the Civil War. It is a mobile assault force which conducts search and destroy operations on the intricate network of rivers and canals in the Mekong Delta. His last letter, received last week by his parents read in part:
   "You wanted to know what I think about us fighting over here. Well, it's hard to write down just what you think about it all. You see people getting killed, our people and the enemy, and you ask yourself just what it is all about. Is it worth it? I have to say, and may God forgive me, "Yes." If only people could see the way the people live over here, it might open their eyes. We are helping these people. If we ever pulled out it would all be lost. You should see what the VC do to the people when they go into a village, that is, if the people don't help them. It would make you sick. We just have to stay and beat them. I really think we are doing just that."
   Besides his parents, Engineman 3C.Johnson is survived by two brothers, and two half-brothers, Michael C Johnson, Seattle; Terry D. Johnson, USN, Boston; A. Russell Schell, Seattle, and Randell E. Schell, Toppenish. Funeral Services are pending arrival of the body. Toppenish Article (Yakima Herald, Yakima WA, 21 Mar 1968)

Engineer, 3C Johnson, Funeral Services for Engineman 3C Frankie R. Johnson, USN, who was killed in the Republic of Vietnam on 14 Mar (1968), will be held Saturday in Hopkins Colonial Chapel, Toppenish. Full military rites will be conducted at graveside in Elmwood Cemetery. The 23 year old serviceman was born 17 Dec 1944, in Toppenish. Survivors include his father, Raymond O. Johnson of Toppenish, his mother, Mrs. Adeline M. Baldwin of Conway IA; and five brothers, Michael C. Johnson, Seattle, Terry D. Johnson, U.S. Navy, Russell Schell, Seattle, Randy Schell, Toppenish, and Ricky Atherton, Conway IA. Toppenish Article (Yakima Herald, Yakima WA, 29 Mar 1968)

    Tommy Lee STEPHENS

Birth 02APR47 Rank LCPL Date of Death 17MAR68
P. of birth Walla WallaService Marines PlaceQuang Nam, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
KennewickUnit Co B, 1st Bn, 7th Mar, 1st Mar DivDeath Code Hostile, Died Wounds; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown   service # 2197337Panel 45EAST - 15
married Single Enlisted 12NOV65Medals  
Tour Date18JUL67 Comment   CemeteryDesert Lawn Memorial Park, Kennewick WA

Tri-City Marine Dies in Vietnam. Marine Lance Corporal Tommy L. Stephens of Kennewick died Sunday in a hospital at Da Nang, South Vietnam. Two days earlier he received gunshot wounds while on patrol. He is the 13th Tri-Citian to be killed in the Vietnam War. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl B. Stephens, 7121 W. Arrowhead Ave., Kennewick, he had been overseas nine months. Stephens graduated from Kennewick High School in 1965. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Richland. He entered the service 12 Nov 1965, and was a member of Co. B, 1st En., 7th Marines. Surviving besides his parents are three sisters, Jeannine, Janice and Carla. His maternal grandmother is Ina New, Norcatur KS. He was born 2 Apr 1947, in Walla Walla. He had lived in the Tri Cities since 1951. Time for the funeral services will be set when the Marine's body arrives from overseas. Einan's Funeral Home has charge, (Tri-City Herald, Pasco WA, 20 Mar 1968)

Funeral announcement Burial Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Kennewick WA(Tri-City Herald, Pasco WA)

    Elliott Lee PETERS

Birth 17NOV46 Rank CPL Date of Death 18MAR68
P. of birth   Service Marines PlaceThua Thien, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Moxee CityUnit B Btry, 1 Bn, 12 MarsDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown  service # 2120038Panel 45EAST - 27 
married SingleMIA -   Medals  
Tour Date13DEC66Comment   Cemetery  

    Douglas Lee ZELLER
Birth 05FEB47 Rank SP4 Date of Death 19MAR68
P. of birth   Service Army (Draft)Place Binh Dinh, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
SeattleUnit USARV, C Co, 19th Eng BnDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hometown  service # 56957097Panel 45EAST - 36 
married Single MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date 02FEB68 Comment   Cemetery  
  Ballard High School, Seattle WA, Junior - yearbook 1964

Remembrance for Doug Zeller from a Class mate
    Doug was the youngest of several Zeller boys. Kind of quiet and shy but he could mix it up with the best of them.
    He graduated from Ballard after attending Monroe Jr. High. Before that he was at St. Alphonsus for eight years.
    (Frederick Hill, email received 15 Jan 2004)

    Michael Edwin LINDERMAN

Birth 16JAN46 Rank LCPL Date of Death 22MAR68
P. of birth AuburnService MarinesPlace Quang Tri, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Auburn Unit H 2/4Death Code Hostile, Died Wounds; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown service # 2251090Panel45EAST - 57 
married Single MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date 24NOV67 Comment   Cemetery Mountain View Cemetery

Graveside Military Rites Set for Cpl. Linderman
Military graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at Price Helton Funeral Chapel for Marine Cpl. Michael Edwin Linderman, 22, of 4503 368th St. S., who was killed in action in Vietnam 22 Mar (1968). Corporal Linderman was a rifleman with the Fourth Marine, third Division, Co. H, First Platoon. He was wounded by enemy rifle fire in an engagement near Quang Tri, South Vietnam, and died aboard the hospital ship USS Sanctuary. He had been in Vietnam since December, 1967. Born in Auburn, he attended Federal Way High School where he sang in the men's chorus. He was graduated in 1964. After high school he attended Peterson School of Business in Seattle, where he studied accounting, and Automation Institute, also in Seattle, where he studied data processing. He worked for the Boeing Co. until 1966 when he enlisted in the Marines. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Verlo Ivan Linderman, at home; a sister, Kathleen, at home; and five brothers, Verlo Lyle, of Lake Side MT, Ronald Eugene, U.S. Army, Ft Devins MA, Donald Gordon U.S. Army Germany, Normond Dean at home and Bruce Gale, Route 2, Tacoma. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. (Auburn Globe-News, Auburn WA 3 Apr 1968)

Slain Marine Born in Auburn Cpl. Michael Edwin Linderman, 22, of 4503 S. 368th St., Auburn, who was killed 22 Mar (1968) in action in Vietnam, had been in the Marine Corps two years. He was born in Auburn and lived there all his life before joining the Marines. Cpl Linderman graduated from Federal Way High School in 1964. He went to Vietnam last December. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Verlo I. Linderman, of the home; five brothers, Verlo Lyle, of Lakeside MT., Ronald Eugene, with the Army at Fort Devins, MA, Donald Gordon, with the Army in Germany, Normond Dean, of the home, and Bruce Gale, of Tacoma; and a sister, Anita Kathleen, of the home. Services will be announced by Price-Helton Funeral Chapel, Auburn. (Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA, 4 Apr 1968)

   

Lloyd Arthur COLFACK

Birth 09DEC46 Rank PFC Date of Death 25MAR68
P. of birth Sedro-WoolleyService Army (Draft)Place Hua Nghia, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Sedro Woolley Unit 25th Inf Div, HHC, 4th Bn, 23rd InfDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown   service # 56959375Panel46EAST - 15
married Single Link Virtual WallMedals  
Tour Date14JAN68Comment   Cemetery Hawthorne Lawn Cem

Lloyd Arthur Colfack
  Word has been received of the death in Vietnam on 25 Mar (1968) of Pfc. Lloyd Arthur Colfack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Colfack of Rt 1, Sedro-Woolley. He was killed in action near the Cambodian border, north of Saigon, in the town of Tay Ninh.
  Lloyd was born 9 Dec 1946 in Sedro-Woolley, and was a 1965 graduate of Sedro-Woolley High School. He attended Skagit Valley College and entered the army in August of 1967. He had been in Vietnam since January.
  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Vernon.
  Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Colfack of Sedro-Woolley; five sisters, Mrs. Alice Sullivan, Duval WA, Mrs. Ellen Smart, Jonestown PA, Mrs. Mari Anne Street, Greenville SC, Lois and Gayl Colfack, both at home; one brother, Neal at home; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Hazel Willoughby, of Sedro-Woolley; paternal grandfather, Nels Colfack, Atkins NE; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Hulbush Funeral Home. (Unknown obituary)
  Thank you John Fisher and Bob Witherspoon for your help
  Researcher notes. He was a student at Skagit Valley College, his mother's given name was Frances, and he was buried at Hawthorne Lawn Cem.

    Donald Lyle MC HUGO

Birth 06MAR35 Rank MAJ Date of Death25MAR68
P. of birth   Service Air ForcePlaceQuang Nam, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Spokane Unit 8TH BTA SQDeath Code Hostile Died; Fixed Wing - Crew; Air Loss Crash - Land
Hometown Spokane service # 48290Panel46EAST - 21 
married MarriedMIA -   Medals  
Tour Date30AUG67Comment   Cemetery Willamette National Cem., Portland OR
  Washington State University, Pullman WA, 1954 yearbook: Beta Theta Pi

AF Officer War Victim Wife, Daughter Live in Portland. Spokane The Parents of a Spokane Air Force officer learned Tuesday their son has been killed in Vietnam. Dead is Maj. Donald L.McHugo, 33. He was navigator of a B-57 bomber which crashed while attempting to land at Da Nang. Officials said McHugo ejected from the plane on its final approach, but his parachute failed to open. The plane reportedly had sustained battle damage before attempting the landing. McHugo is survived by his wife and a daughter in Portland,Ore. The Defense Department also reported that Marine Cpl. Kenneth R. Williams, Jr., of Aberdeen, died of non-hostile causes. (The Oregonian, Portland OR, 27 Mar 1968)

Obituary The parents of a Spokane Air Force officer learned Tuesday that their son had been killed in Vietnam. Dead is Maj. Donald McHugo, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. McHugo, W230 Columbia. The 33 year-old officer was navigator of a B-57 bomber which crashed while attempting to land at Da Nang. Officials said McHugo ejected from the plane on its final approach but his parachute failed to open. The plane reportedly had sustained battle damage before attempting landing. (The Spokesman-Review, Spokane WA, 27 Mar 1968)

    Wade Russell REAUME

Birth 27JUL48 Rank CPL Date of Death25MAR68
P. of birth Corning NY Service Army (Darft)PlaceDinh Tuong, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
BremertonUnit Co B, 2nd Bn, 39th InfDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown Kitsap service # 56959201Panel46EAST - 22 
married Single Link 9th Infantry ,
and Virtual Wall
Medals Bronze Star with Combat "V", Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service Medals. Military Merit Medal (RVN), the Cross of Gallantry (RVN), Vietnam Campaign medals (RVN)
Tour Date03JAN68Comment  Cemetery  
West High School, Bremerton, Junior - Yearbook 1965

Kitsap Lake Youth Killed in Vietnam
    Wade R, Reaume, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold P. Reaume, Kitsap Lake (Rte. 1 Box 1763), has been reported killed in Vietnam of gunshot wounds Monday sustained in a firefight with Viet Cong forces north of Saigon.
    Cpl. Reaume, a graduate of West High School, had lived in this area for more than six years. He was born in Corning NY, 27 Jul 1948, and had lived in Spokane before moving to Bremerton in 1961.
    He attended Olympic College before volunteering for the draft.
    He worked at Puget Sound Naval shipyard Commissary after school, his mother said.
    When a friend of his, Ronald Sanchez, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sanchez, 13th Street, went into the Army, Wade decided to go too.
    “I think he felt he had an obligation,” she said.
    “Our letters state that he felt he knew why he was over there and knew we ought to be,” she said.
    At the time of his death, Cpl. Reaume was filling a sergeants position. He entered the Army July 27 and left for Vietnam 3 Jan (1968).
    His body will be escorted home by his friend, Ronald Sanchez, who is stationed near Da Nang. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton, WA 29 Mar 1968)

Reaume Services Funeral services are pending at Lewis Funeral Chapel for Army Cpl. Wade. R. Reaume who was killed in action March 25 north of Saigon. (See page 1 for details). He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold P. Reaume, Kitsap Lake (Rte. 1, Box 1763); four sisters, Miss Marcia Jeanne Reaume, a student at Western Washington State College; Dawn, Kay and Jo Anne Reaume, all of the family home, and a brother, Dale, also of the family home.(Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA, 29 Mar 1968)

    Howard Leroy SAVARE

Birth 31MAR45 Rank PFC Date of Death25MAR68
P. of birth   Service MarinesPlaceQuang Tin, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
West Richard Unit HQ Co, 9th ENG BnDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Hometown West Richlandservice # 2077171Panel46EAST - 23 
married MarriedMIA -   Medals  
Tour Date17SEP67Comment Wife and 3 children lived San DiegoCemetery  

Former Tri-Citian Killed in Vietnam. Howard L.Savare, 22, former West Richland resident, was killed in fighting near Quang Tin, Vietnam. Marine PFC Savare, was reported missing in action several days before his body was found, a War Department message to his mother, Bennie Jean Evans, Seattle, reported Wednesday. He entered the service more than four years ago from West Richland when his mother, then Mrs. Howard Savare, lived on Ranch Road. He is survived by his wife Orva Rae, two daughters, and a son who lives in San Diego; his mother; sisters Gwendolyn Ridlesprigger, Kansas City MO.; Sandra Johnson with her husband in the service in Germany; and Louella Savare, Seattle; two brothers, Robert Savare and Johnnie Evans, Seattle, and Verda Young, Pasco, maternal grandmother. Savare's father, Howard Savare is dead. So is his stepfather. (Tri-City Herald, Pasco, Kennewick, Richand WA, 28 Mar 1968)

    William Harold 'Harold' COOK

Birth29OCT47RankHM3Date of Death26MAR68
P. of birthTexasService NavyPlace offshore, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
KennewickUnit 3rd Mar Div, 3rd Bn, 3rd MarinesDeath Code Non-Hostile, Died Missing; Helicopter - NonCrew; Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Hometown   service # 3914600Panel46EAST - 30 
married Single MIA -   Medals  
Tour Date   Comment   Cemetery  
  Kennewick High School, Kennewick WA, Junior - yearbook 1965

Copter Crashes Into Sea, Kills Ex-Tri- City Marine. A former Tri- Citian killed in Vietnam last week was to have come home in two weeks. Killed in a helicopter crash was William Harold Cook, now of Mt. Vernon. He was a grandson of Hazel M. Brown, former owner of the Pioneer Nursing Home, Kennewick, now of Mt. Vernon, and brother of Mrs. John Householder,306 S. Zillah St. Kennewick. Cook was assigned to the Third Marine Division at Hue, Marine officials report Cook, a medic, was with a load of patients being transported from Phu Bai to Da Nang when the helicopter went down three miles at sea. Only the pilot was rescued. A Marine spokesman said there was thick fog. Family friends reported Cook was scheduled to arrive home this month. Cook, born in Texas, moved to the Tri- Cities in 1949 and left about three years ago when his parents moved to Mt. Vernon. Memorial services will be held in Mt. Vernon at 2 pm, Saturday at the Assembly fog God Church. (Tri-City Herald, Pasco, Kennewick, Richand WA)

    Marvin Earl GALBRAITH

Birth 27SEP47 Rank LCPL Date of Death27MAR68
P. of birth Omak WAService MarinesPlaceQuang Nam, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
BrewsterUnit 2nd Sqd, 3rd Plt, K Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marines, 1st Mar DivDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Other Explosive Device
Hometown   service # 2315191Panel46EAST - 45 
married Single Links Virtual WallMedals  
Tour Date23SEP67Comment   Cemetery Bridgeport Cem., Bridgeport WA

Lance Corp. Marvin E. Galbraith, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Galbraith of Brewster, died during combat operations in Vietnam 27 Mar (1968). He was killed by an enemy land mine explosion. Born at Omak 27 Sep 1947, he made his home in Brewster. In 1965 he was graduated from Brewster High School. He joined the Marine Corps last year. Surviving are his parents, his brother and sisters, Daniel and Verla Galbraith and Janice Fitzhugh of Brewster, Carol Byrd, Chelan Falls, Ann Kiedrowski, Manning Park B.C. and Vivian Nalls in Arkansas and his grandmother Mrs. Floyd Galbraith, Brewster. William Barnes is in charge of funeral arrangements. Brewster article(Wenatchee Daily World, Wenatchee 5 Apr 1968)

Marvin Galbraith Dies in Viet Nam
    Lance Corporal Marvin E. Galbraith, 20, died 27 Mar (1968) in the vicinity of Quang Nam, Viet Nam. According to the U. S. Marine Corps notification received by his parents, "he sustained a fragmentation wound in the body from a hostile explosive device while on perimeter watch in a command post area."
    Marvin was a graduate of Brewster high school who had worked briefly in construction and as an orchard manager before he enlisted in the Marines about a year ago, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Galbraith, Manning Park, B. C. he was a member of a Bridgeport pioneer family. He will, in fact, represent the fifth generation of Galbraiths to lie in Bridgeport cemetery. His parents moved from Bridgeport Bar to British Columbia last July, but Mrs. Galbraith had just spent a week visiting her family here. She had only reached highway 97 on her way home Saturday, when officer Dick Gelstin stopped her to convey the news of Marvin's death. Her husband joined her here at once, and Monday they told the Herald-Reporter that their only consolation was that Marvin had believed in what he was doing. He had written very recently that his job in Viet Nam had to be done.
    Marvin is survived by his parents; his brother Dan, Brewster; five sisters, Verda Galbraith and Janice Fitzhugh, Brewster, Anne Kiedrowski, Manning Park, Vivian Nalls, Sprockman, Arkansas, and Carol Byrd, Schelan Falls; his grandmother, Mrs. Floy Galbraith; aunts, nieces and nephews. (unknown newspaper) Bridgeport WA The Moving Wall 25-31 Oct 2003

The Moving Wall October 2003 "The Moving Wall" was brought to Bridgeport by very dedicated volunteers ... Visit Bridgeport Wall of Remembrance to get the official version... or Remembering Bridgeport for my pictures and opinions. Researcher comment

    Peder Walter ARMSTRONG

Birth 30MAR49 Rank PFC Date of Death28MAR68
P. of birth Seattle Service MarinesPlaceQuang Tri, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
SeattleUnit K Co, 3rd Bn, 4th MarsDeath Code Hostile, Died Wounds; Ground Casualty; Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Hometown   service # 2377150Panel46EAST - 52
married SingleMIA -   Medals  
Tour Date 26NOV67Comment   Cemetery  

Seattle Marine Dies in Vietnam Hospital
    Two marines, one from Seattle and the other from Brewster, Okanogan County, have died in Vietnam, the Defense Department announced yesterday. The Associated Press said Pfc. Peder W. Armstrong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Armstrong, 8247 Wallingford Ave. N., died of wounds last Thursday in a hospital in Vietnam. He had been serving in Quang-Tri Province.
    Lance Cpl. Marvin E. Galbraith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl L. Galbraith of Brewster, was reported killed in action.
    Private Armstrong, who would have been 19 Saturday, was born in Seattle. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1967, joined the marines in June and went to Vietnam in November after training at Camp Pendleton CA. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and the Green Lake Chapter, Order of DeMolay. Surviving Private Armstrong, besides his parents, are a sister, Deborah Armstrong, 13, at Home, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Peder Grimstad, Seattle. Funeral services will be announced. (Seattle Times, Seattle WA, 3 Apr 1968)

    Walter Gene WILSON

Birth 28APR46 Rank PFC Date of Death 28MAR68
P. of birth Boise IDService Army (Draft) PlaceGia Dinh, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
Seattle Unit 25th Inf Div, D Co, 2nd Bn, 27th InfDeath Code Hostile, Died Wounds; Ground Casualty; Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hometown Seattleservice # 67189188Panel46EAST - 60
married Single Link kolchak.org Medals  
Tour Date23NOV67Comment  Cemetery Evergreen Cem.

Pfc. Walter G.Wilson Funeral Funeral Services for Army Pfc. Walter G. Wilson, 21, of 1730 N.W. 56th St., will be at 10 a.m., Thursday in the Mittelstadt chapel. Burial with full military honors will be in Evergreen. He was killed in action 28 Mar (1968) in Vietnam. Private Wilson born in Boise, came to Seattle in 1951. He attended Green Lake Grade School and Queen Ann High School. He worked for the Florist Supply Co. before entering the Army in June, 1967. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Wilma Wilson, Seattle, and his father, Samuel J. Wilson. (Seattle Times, Seattle WA, 9 Apr 1968)

    William Patrick 'Pat' MURPHY

Birth 06MAR48 Rank SP4 Date of Death 30MAR68
P. of birth Seattle Service Army (Draft)PlaceThua Thien, S. Vietnam
Town of
Record
SeattleUnit 101st Abn Div, HHC, 1st Bn, 501st Inf , ParatrooperDeath Code Hostile, Died; Ground Casualty; Gun, Small Arms Fire
Hometown Seattle service # 56957685Panel 47EAST - 14
married Single Enlisted 22NOV66 Medals  
Tour Date 05JAN68 Comment   CemeteryEvergreen-Washelli, Seattle WA
  Nathan Hale High School, Seattle WA, Senior - Class of 1966

Funeral Services for Army Specialist 4th Class William P. Murphy, 20, of 3203 N.W. 64th St., who was killed in action 30 Mar (1968) in South Vietnam, will be at 2p.m., tomorrow at the Clark- Rafferty & Putnam Funeral Home, with burial in Washelli. Born here, Mr. Murphy graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1966. He was a paratrooper medic, arriving in Vietnam last December. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James L. Murphy, a sister, Rhonda Jo Murphy; and a brother James Murphy a professional ice skater. (Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle WA - Obituary Records)

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