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PFC. TIMOTHY EDWARD SHANOWER
Born on June 11, 1948
From PERRYSBURG, OHIO
Casualty was on Sept. 3, 1968
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
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Timothy Shanower
(Boot Camp picture courtesy of Lonie Addis)

Pfc. Timothy Shanower served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Mike Company. He was Killed In Action during Operation MAMELUKE THRUST. His name stands proudly on the Mike 3/5 Wall of Honor alongside the Marines he fought and died with. Semper fi, Brother. We will never forget.

Tim Shanower, Vietnam
Sept. '68

Best of the Best

He was the best and the brightest of our generation. Being in his presence, you swore he belonged more in a Chemistry Lab at Ohio State University, then as a Marine with Viet-Nam looming in his future. As a recruit at MCRD, San Diego, he began to shine. First carrying the guideiron of Platoon 135, then as Platoon Honorman. 

Later he became Series Honorman, being the best out of 320 Marines. But Tim would have come out on top if it were 320,000. As the rest of us grow older, that kid of 20 that was struck down in '68, will forever be out in front of us carrying the guideiron of Platoon 135 to the echoing cadence of our DIís.~Lonie Addis

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Letter from Tim's sister

Here's the pictures to add to Tim's Memorial page. I had a nice talk with Larry Walters and his son (Larry was there when Tim was killed). My brothers and I will be meeting them in the near future. Thanks so much, Debbie Siegel

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Mom and Pop upon Tim's arrival at home from Boot Camp 

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Last chance for Pop to hold his baby. The one with Mom and Dad was taken at the airport, it was the last time we saw Tim alive. There was also a picture of the United Airlines plane that took him away (not included). The irony of that is, 5 years later I became a flight attendant for that airline. 

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Tim, Debbie and his buddy, "Ray" 


Tim and Buddies


Poem Tim's mother had saved with his pictures

I WATCHED HIM GO

 I had long known it had to come and I was proud.
 But still, I am His Mother 
and still He is my Son, my little Son- 
 mothers are like that.
 This morning He said "goodbye"; 

I watched His tall, strong figure
 swinging down the road. 
Once He turned and smiled,
 His lovely, loving smile, 
and waved - then He was gone.

Of course, I shall see Him, 
I hope to follow Him
 before too long. 

But, Ah, how empty this small house is 
now He is gone, - how lonely!
 not to see Him, care for Him,
 hear His kind, warm voice!

 No more the quiet talks of evenings 
when after supper, we would sit 
and He would tell me wonderful things. 
Since Joseph died, - dear Joseph! He has been my comfort 

God, I understand, I know, and I am glad.
 Forgive my mother's longing!
 forgive me that I feel 
the sword within my heart! 

-Mary Willis Shelburne

 

Also Killed In Action on 3 Sept. 1968

Cpl. Ricky Jerome Almanza (Silver Star)
M Co. 3/5

Born on Oct. 16, 1947
From MOLINE, ILLINOIS
Casualty was on Sept. 3, 1968
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
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Memorial page

SSgt. George John Belancin
M Co. 3/5

Born on Apr. 18, 1937
From PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Casualty was on Sept. 3, 1968
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
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Memorial page

LCpl. Larry Dale Coats
M Co. 3/5

Born on Aug. 1, 1948
From TWIN FALLS, IDAHO
Casualty was on Sept. 3, 1968
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
Non-Hostile, died of illness/injury
GROUND CASUALTY
MALARIA
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Pfc. Paul Edward Hyland
M Co. 3/5
Born on Nov. 15, 1946
From DALLAS, TEXAS
Casualty was on Sept. 3, 1968
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
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Memorial page

Pfc. Michael Donvian Wilson
M Co. 3/5
Born on Mar. 9, 1948
From LIMA, OHIO
Casualty was on Sept. 3, 1968
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
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Memorial page

HN Russell L. Wright III
Born on July 9, 1947
From RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
Casualty was on Sept. 3, 1968
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
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Memorial page

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