(Picture courtesy of Bill Modesitt, M/3/5)
not forgotten buddy
am searching for information on a close high school friend, Lance Corporal
Charles (Charlie) Dean Myers, Jr. who was killed in action June 15,
1967, in Quang Tin Province.
MOS was 0341, I believe he was a mortarman originally, but he may have
been converted to a rifleman.
I think about Charlie everyday, it has taken me 34 years to begin this
search. I hope that someone may be able tell me more about Charlies
unit and anyone that served with him. My research shows that nine Marines
were killed in action June 15, 1967 in Quang Tin Province. Eight of
these Marines were from Kilo Company 3/5 taking part in Operation ADAIR.
Those eight Marines were:
Philip Grant Chipchase
SGT Willie Jr. Davis
LCPL Jerry Forehand
LCPL Peter Bodo Lehmann
LCPL Donald Alexander Lehuta
CPL Henry Leon Little
LCPL Ernesto Sanchez Jr.
LCPL Franklin Roosevelt Thorpe
met Charlie in high school and we became friends. Charlie married the
girl I grew up next door to. I was an usher in their wedding. Charlie
was proud to be a Marine, and he believed that the South Vietnamese
deserved a helping hand in their fight against the communist.
Charlie and I were in high school, I raised livestock across the drainage
ditch from their house. This reminded me of a cold and wet winter day
when Charlie noticed my steer, Dynamite, soaking wet and shivering in
the pouring rain. Charlie found me and told me what he had seen. He
helped me get my steer under shelter and together we rubbed Dynamite
with empty feed sacks until he stopped shivering. That was the type
guy Charlie was.
last time I saw Charlie was the night before I reported to Navy Boot
Camp. Several months later after I completed boot camp and Machinist
Repairman school, I was stationed at Cubi Point Naval Air Station in
the Philippines. The first letter I received from home told me of Charlies
death in Vietnam.
there is barely a day that goes by that I don't remember you. I remember
why you felt it right to answer your country's call. Your pride in being
a US Marine remains with me. Semper Fi Marine!