Leoma, Tennessee, US
United States Marine Corps
LCPL, K CO, 3RD BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, 05/01/1968
He was KIA – non hostile, died other accident. That was the listing. A friend of my uncle’s who served with him said it was friendly fire from a short mortar round. He did some paper work and my Grandmother got a Purple Heart for his death around 1986 or so. It has been lost however. His tour began Dec 18, 1967 and he was killed May 1, 1968 in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. He was a 0311 Rifleman. He was single.
A Note from The Virtual Wall
The May 1968 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Command Chronology contains the following entry for 01 May 1968:
“At 0730, five Marines at Hill 552 were burning trash, when an unknown explosive device exploded causing one dead non-battle casualty and four wounded non-battle casualties. Lt PLACE was appointed investigating officer.”