PETER QUIRINUS BOETS, JR.
on Sept. 27, 1946
From CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA
Casualty was on May 13, 1967
in QUANG TIN, SOUTH VIETNAM
Panel 19E - - Line 103
(picture courtesy of S. Wayne Gregory)
Peter Boetz, Jr. served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines,
India Co. He was Killed In Action during Operation UNION, May 13,
1967. His name stands proudly on the India 3/5 Wall of
Honor. His fellow Marines and FMF Corpsmen will never forget.
Semper fidelis, Brother Marine.
Rest in Peace. You will never be forgotten by your Brothers of India
He only wanted to become a Marine, and an American
was a neat guy. He had one of those faces you never forget.
Red cheeks and snow white hair. Very pleasant young man who
never batted an eye about fighting for a country he hadn't
received citizenship from. He received it at the end of ITR
as I recall.
I miss drinking Heineken," was his reply."
are you even here," I asked.
love this country and want to become a citizen, so I fight for
got his citizenship papers shortly before shipping out to
Nam, and he was the happiest man in the world. Pete and I
went separate ways on assignment. I read in May of '67, in
Stars and Stripes, while sitting on a bunker in Quang Nam,
that Pete had been killed in Quang Tin. Guns, 0331. The guy
who only wanted to become a Marine, and an American.
Bless you, Pete.
S. WAYNE GREGORY