CCSU Veterans History Project

CCSU Veterans History Project An archive partner with the Library of Congress on the Veterans History Project (VHP). We collect and preserve the oral histories / documents of our veterans.

To view our collections please visit the following website
http://www.youtube.com/user/ccsuvhp
To view some of the interviews we have conducted visit our YouTube page
http://www.youtube.com/user/ccsuvhp
*We are updating our sites so be sure to come back! In November of 2005, the Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR) at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) became

To view our collections please visit the following website
http://www.youtube.com/user/ccsuvhp
To view some of the interviews we have conducted visit our YouTube page
http://www.youtube.com/user/ccsuvhp
*We are updating our sites so be sure to come back! In November of 2005, the Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR) at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) became

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This week's blog post explores the story of one of our only two World War I veterans in the collection. Though we do not...
11/18/2021

This week's blog post explores the story of one of our only two World War I veterans in the collection. Though we do not have Longshaw Porritt's oral history, his documents, images, and written memoir paint a vivid picture of his time in World War I. Click here to read more: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/stories-from-the-collection/stories-longshaw-porritt/

This week's blog post explores the story of one of our only two World War I veterans in the collection. Though we do not have Longshaw Porritt's oral history, his documents, images, and written memoir paint a vivid picture of his time in World War I. Click here to read more: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/stories-from-the-collection/stories-longshaw-porritt/

To commemorate Veterans Day, our blog post this week focuses on why the Veterans History Project matters, and shares som...
11/11/2021

To commemorate Veterans Day, our blog post this week focuses on why the Veterans History Project matters, and shares some perspective from those of us working on the project. To read, visit: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/stories-from-the-collection/why-the-veterans-history-project-matters/

To commemorate Veterans Day, our blog post this week focuses on why the Veterans History Project matters, and shares some perspective from those of us working on the project. To read, visit: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/stories-from-the-collection/why-the-veterans-history-project-matters/

New to the blog this week: Visualizing What We Don't Know (Pt. II). Peter takes us through the tricky process of weeding...
11/04/2021

New to the blog this week: Visualizing What We Don't Know (Pt. II). Peter takes us through the tricky process of weeding through transcripts, and creating our own special robot, Scrappy the Scraper, to help us make sense of it all! To read, click here: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/visualizing-the-archive/visualizing-what-we-dont-know-pt-ii/

New to the blog this week: Visualizing What We Don't Know (Pt. II). Peter takes us through the tricky process of weeding through transcripts, and creating our own special robot, Scrappy the Scraper, to help us make sense of it all! To read, click here: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/visualizing-the-archive/visualizing-what-we-dont-know-pt-ii/

This week, Peter Moran explores some of the missing pieces in oral history collections, and how we can take full advanta...
10/28/2021

This week, Peter Moran explores some of the missing pieces in oral history collections, and how we can take full advantage of digital humanities tools to help us make sense of what we don't know: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/visualizing-the-archive/visualizing-what-we-dont-know-pt-i/

This week, Peter Moran explores some of the missing pieces in oral history collections, and how we can take full advantage of digital humanities tools to help us make sense of what we don't know: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/visualizing-the-archive/visualizing-what-we-dont-know-pt-i/

In this week's blog post, our graduate assistant Peter Moran takes a closer look at the women interviewed for the Vetera...
10/21/2021

In this week's blog post, our graduate assistant Peter Moran takes a closer look at the women interviewed for the Veterans History Project. To read, visit: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/visualizing-the-archive/visualizing-women-and-the-veterans-history-project/

In this week's blog post, our graduate assistant Peter Moran takes a closer look at the women interviewed for the Veterans History Project. To read, visit: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/visualizing-the-archive/visualizing-women-and-the-veterans-history-project/

Our second blog post is live! Click on the following link for this week's installment: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosti...
10/14/2021

Our second blog post is live! Click on the following link for this week's installment: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/uncategorized/visualizing-comparisons/

In today's post, graduate student Peter Moran takes us through visualizing the veteran representation in our collection and how it compares to the national scale.

Our second blog post is live! Click on the following link for this week's installment: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/uncategorized/visualizing-comparisons/

In today's post, graduate student Peter Moran takes us through visualizing the veteran representation in our collection and how it compares to the national scale.

The first blog post is up! Our graduate assistant, Peter Moran, has been hard at work creating visualizations representi...
10/07/2021
Visualizing: Age at War Start

The first blog post is up! Our graduate assistant, Peter Moran, has been hard at work creating visualizations representing the data in our collections. Click here: https://ccsulibrary.reclaim.hosting/vhp/uncategorized/visualizing-age-at-war-start/ and read about the interesting discoveries he made when studying veterans' ages at the start of past conflicts.

Visualizing: Age at War Start October 7, 2021 / CHOOSING QUESTIONS  The Veteran’s History Project archive contains nearly 800 oral histories from Connecticut veterans. These interviews are accompanied by written answers to some basic questions about each veteran. The transcribed answe...

The CCSU Veterans History Project is excited to announce the beginning of the VHP Blog, a place for news and announcemen...
10/05/2021
Welcome!

The CCSU Veterans History Project is excited to announce the beginning of the VHP Blog, a place for news and announcements, as well as stories and discoveries from our collections. The first blog post will be published this Thursday! For now, bookmark this page and enjoy: https://CCSU library.reclaim.hosting/vhp/uncategorized/welcome

Welcome! October 4, 2021 / Welcome to the new blog for the Veterans History Project at Central Connecticut State University! On this blog you will be able to find news and announcements about the project as well as stories and discoveries from our collections. Over the next month, in the lead up to....

The CCSU Veterans History Project was featured in the Connecticut Militia Heritage Council's "Remembering World War II -...
01/26/2021

The CCSU Veterans History Project was featured in the Connecticut Militia Heritage Council's "Remembering World War II - 75 Years Later" program. The virtual program can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the following YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-_THoaeDL0&feature=youtu.be

Several veterans from our collection are featured in the program. Enjoy!

The CCSU Veterans History Project was featured in the Connecticut Militia Heritage Council's "Remembering World War II - 75 Years Later" program. The virtual program can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the following YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-_THoaeDL0&feature=youtu.be

Several veterans from our collection are featured in the program. Enjoy!

On this Veterans Day, the CCSU Veterans History Project would like to acknowledge and thank all of our veterans for thei...
11/11/2020

On this Veterans Day, the CCSU Veterans History Project would like to acknowledge and thank all of our veterans for their dedicated service to this country. Take a moment today to view one of the many oral histories in our collection to honor these brave men and women: https://webapps.ccsu.edu/vhp/search.aspx

Jillian Maynard, Reference & Instruction Librarian at CCSU and one of our VHP Project Coordinators, has written a piece ...
08/26/2020
Connecticut Veterans Tell Their Stories - Connecticut Explored

Jillian Maynard, Reference & Instruction Librarian at CCSU and one of our VHP Project Coordinators, has written a piece for CT Explored Magazine on three World War II veterans from the oral history collection. Take a break from your busy day and read about these fascinating American heroes: https://www.ctexplored.org/connecticut-veterans-tell-their-stories/

In the Fall 2020 issue, Val and Joan Santhouse and Al Stewart are two of Connecticut's World War II Veterans who tell their stories.

Yesterday, the CCSU VHP Team, along with Dr. Leah Glaser, recognized the 75th Anniversary of the flag raising at Iwo Jim...
02/24/2020

Yesterday, the CCSU VHP Team, along with Dr. Leah Glaser, recognized the 75th Anniversary of the flag raising at Iwo Jima by participating in the Connecticut Iwo Jima Survivors Association's ceremony of events at the Newington Fire Department. Dr. Glaser introduced the research project through which her students, over the course of several semesters, researched and created posters for each soldier on the Iwo Jima Memorial in New Britain. Two of her students, Anthony Vinci and Kaitlyn Oberndorfer, spoke about their experiences with researching their soldiers, specifically how studying these young men made the war itself more than just a chapter in a textbook, but something concrete, with an impact lasting beyond their time in the classrom. #CCSUVHP #IwoJima75

The CCSU VHP team had the wonderful opportunity to interview Thomas Collins today, a 95 year old veteran who served as a...
12/13/2019

The CCSU VHP team had the wonderful opportunity to interview Thomas Collins today, a 95 year old veteran who served as an engineer in World War II. When asked what his message to future generations watching his interview would be, he said simply, "love each other." A beautiful message for us all. Thank you Thomas!

On Veterans Day, the CCSU Veterans History Project would like to thank all veterans and active duty military for their s...
11/11/2019

On Veterans Day, the CCSU Veterans History Project would like to thank all veterans and active duty military for their service. We are committed to preserving their stories, and will soon be adding a new collection to our archives. Students in Professor Leah Glaser’s public history classes here at CCSU have spent the past few years researching every name on the Iwo Jima Memorial just outside of campus, and have created visuals which will soon be added to our digital collections. Here is a preview of a few of the posters, with more to come. #veteranshistoryproject #veteransday2019

We remember Raymond W. Vaughan, Jr., who was killed in action on September 2nd in 1969 during the Vietnam War. He came f...
09/02/2019

We remember Raymond W. Vaughan, Jr., who was killed in action on September 2nd in 1969 during the Vietnam War. He came from Oakville, CT and was an SP4 in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=53506

We remember Edward L. Ott, III, who was declared missing in action on September 1st in 1967 during the Vietnam War. He c...
09/01/2019

We remember Edward L. Ott, III, who was declared missing in action on September 1st in 1967 during the Vietnam War. He came from Rockville, CT and was an ADJ1 in the U.S. Navy. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=38960

On this day in 1939, N**i Germany invaded Poland, thus triggering the Second World War in Europe. A week earlier, Joachi...
09/01/2019
Invasion of Poland, Fall 1939

On this day in 1939, N**i Germany invaded Poland, thus triggering the Second World War in Europe. A week earlier, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov, the foreign ministers of Germany and the Soviet Union, respectively negotiated the notorious N**i-Soviet Pact. In addition to a pledge to refrain from attacking one another, Ribbentrop and Molotov agreed to invade Poland and then divide the country between themselves at the Bug River. With his eastern front secured from Soviet attack, Hi**er ordered the invasion of Poland. Having guaranteed Poland's territorial integrity previously, France and Great Britain declared war against Germany on 3 September.

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We remember Gerald J. Roberts, Jr., who was killed in action on August 31st in 1967 during the Vietnam War. He came from...
08/31/2019

We remember Gerald J. Roberts, Jr., who was killed in action on August 31st in 1967 during the Vietnam War. He came from Torrington, CT and was a CPL in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=43764

We remember James F. Mott, who was killed in action on August 30th in 1969 during the Vietnam War. He came from Manchest...
08/30/2019

We remember James F. Mott, who was killed in action on August 30th in 1969 during the Vietnam War. He came from Manchester, CT and was a SP5 in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=35481

We remember Jeffrey S. Tigner, who was killed in action on August 29th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Rive...
08/29/2019

We remember Jeffrey S. Tigner, who was killed in action on August 29th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Riverside, CT and was a PFC in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=52066

We remember John D. Whorff, who was killed in action on August 29th in 1967 during the Vietnam War. He came from New Bri...
08/29/2019

We remember John D. Whorff, who was killed in action on August 29th in 1967 during the Vietnam War. He came from New Britain, CT, and was an SP4 in the U.S. Army.

We remember Samuel W. Brewer, who was killed in action on August 28th in 1966 during the Vietnam War. He came from New H...
08/28/2019

We remember Samuel W. Brewer, who was killed in action on August 28th in 1966 during the Vietnam War. He came from New Haven, CT, was a SSGT in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=5589

We remember Francis J. Le Blanc, who was killed in action on August 26th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Wa...
08/26/2019

We remember Francis J. Le Blanc, who was killed in action on August 26th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Waterbury, CT and was a SP4 in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=30009

We remember John D. Malcolm, who was killed in action on August 25th in 1970 during the Vietnam War. He came from Middle...
08/25/2019

We remember John D. Malcolm, who was killed in action on August 25th in 1970 during the Vietnam War. He came from Middlefield, CT and was a SGT in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=32050

We remember Joseph A. Carinci, who was killed in action on August 25th in 1970 during the Vietnam War. He came from Derb...
08/25/2019

We remember Joseph A. Carinci, who was killed in action on August 25th in 1970 during the Vietnam War. He came from Derby, CT and was a LCPL in the U.S. Marine Corps. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=41

We remember Andres Rivera-Ruiz, who was killed in action on August 25th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Har...
08/25/2019

We remember Andres Rivera-Ruiz, who was killed in action on August 25th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Hartford, CT and was a CPL in the U.S. Army. Leave you remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=43642

We remember John F. Doyle, who was killed in action on August 25th in 1966 during the Vietnam War. He came from Prospect...
08/25/2019

We remember John F. Doyle, who was killed in action on August 25th in 1966 during the Vietnam War. He came from Prospect, CT and was a SP4 in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=13872

We remember Sheldon Silverman., who was killed in action on August 24th in 1970 during the Vietnam War. He came from Wat...
08/24/2019

We remember Sheldon Silverman., who was killed in action on August 24th in 1970 during the Vietnam War. He came from Waterford, CT and was a SSGT in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=47497

We remember Kurt K. Jobst, Jr., who was killed in action on August 24th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Sta...
08/24/2019

We remember Kurt K. Jobst, Jr., who was killed in action on August 24th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Stamford, CT and was a SP4 in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=25922

We remember Randall S. Fletcher, who was killed in action on August 24th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Ve...
08/24/2019

We remember Randall S. Fletcher, who was killed in action on August 24th in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Vernon, CT and was a PFC in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=16433

We remember William J. Tarsi, who was killed in action on August 24th, 1966 during the Vietnam War. He came from East No...
08/24/2019

We remember William J. Tarsi, who was killed in action on August 24th, 1966 during the Vietnam War. He came from East Norwalk, CT and was a SSGT in the U.S. Army. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=51041

We remember Edward J. Monahan, Jr., who was killed in action on August 24th in 1965 during the Vietnam War. He came from...
08/24/2019

We remember Edward J. Monahan, Jr., who was killed in action on August 24th in 1965 during the Vietnam War. He came from New Fairfield, CT and was a LCPL in the U.S. Marine Corps. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=34612

We remember Charles L. Bergevin, who was declared missing in action on August 23rd in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He ca...
08/23/2019

We remember Charles L. Bergevin, who was declared missing in action on August 23rd in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He came from Torrington, CT and was a MAJ in the U.S. Air Force. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=3690

We remember Douglas T. Palmer, who was killed in action on August 23rd in 1966 during the Vietnam War. He came from Wate...
08/23/2019

We remember Douglas T. Palmer, who was killed in action on August 23rd in 1966 during the Vietnam War. He came from Watertown, CT and was a FN in the U.S. Navy. Leave your remembrances here: http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=39300

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To view our collections please visit the following website: http://www.youtube.com/user/ccsuvhp To view some of the interviews we have conducted visit our YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/ccsuvhp *We are updating our sites so be sure to come back! In November of 2005, the Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR) at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) became an archive partner with the Library of Congress on the Veterans History Project (VHP). A unanimous vote of Congress in 2000 created the VHP to collect and preserve the oral histories of our country’s wartime veterans and civilians who have supported the war effort in a significant way. CCSU is privileged to participate in this worthy and historic endeavor. The VHP at CCSU is primarily focused on collecting the oral histories of veterans while they are still with us. The collection includes the video taped interview of each veteran along with any photographs, military documents, field maps, journals and other related materials. Participating veterans include those from World War II, the Korean War), the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. The mission of the VHP is three-fold: to preserve, to honor and to educate. We have conducted over 300 interviews to date, which are digitized and accessible to the public through our on line digital collection. A copy of everything is sent to the Library of Congress to be preserved in their collection as well as ours. Anyone with an internet connection can access these unique personal accounts of important moments in history, including first-hand accounts of battles, recollections of basic training and memorable experiences, and descriptions of military life from the men and women who lived the “war experience”. Information on our website is used by researchers, educators, historians, students and veterans. For educators, we have developed lesson plans for several curriculum units which can be downloaded at no cost and used in the classroom.

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The following Memorial is posted at the request of Corporal Rice’s sister who after 51 years still loves and honors her dear brother: “Gone but not Forgotten” 51 years ago, on Sunday, February 23, 1969, 11th Marines lost one of their own heroes when Corporal James Burnel Rice Jr. was killed in action. Corporal James Burnel Rice Jr. was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Rice Sr. of Eureka, MO. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and became a Marine Automotive Mechanic, age 22, born July 25, 1946 from Eureka, MO. Cpl Rice arrived in Vietnam on August 20, 1968 and was assigned to Kilo Battery, 4th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, III Marine Amphibious Force, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. On February 23, 1969, the 1st Marine Division Command Post Perimeter Complex on Hill 327, 4 kilometers west of Danang was attacked by hostile forces with mortars and small arms fire at several locations. The defense line was penetrated at two locations and it was necessary to commit the reaction company and one of the provisional rifle companies to counterattack and restore the lines. Artillery fire was delivered to seal off enemy withdrawal and HU-1E gunships were called in to strafe the hillside behind the Division CP. Casualties: Enemy: 18 KIA and 1 POW. Friendly: 9 KIA and 29 WIA. The Virtual Wall is able to identify ten men assigned to HQ Battalion, 1st MarDiv who died on 23 Feb - but it is possible that one of them was not involved in the attack on the Division Command Post. Additionally, up to 11 other Marines and 2 Navy Corpsmen from subordinate commands were killed in defense of the Division Headquarters due to their status of being in the area of the attack as it occurred. Cpl Rice was killed in action, dying outright from multiple fragmentation wounds from a hostile explosive device. Cpl Rice had been in Vietnam 188 days. Cpl Rice is honored on the Vietnam Memorial at Panel W31, Line 015. Cpl Rice was (Posthumously) awarded the Bronze Star Medal with the V device signifying Valor, for his actions on February 23, 1969. Someone once said, “Death is not final until you are forgotten.” While I breathe you will live on and your sacrifice for our freedom will be remembered. Let me just say, “Thank you and Semper Fidelis” from an old comrade and a grateful nation.
“Gone but not Forgotten” 53 years ago today, on Saturday, February 25, 1967, 7th Marine Regiment lost 1 of their own heroes when Private First Class William Clarence Dayton died of the wounds he received in action on February 24, 1967. Private First Class William Clarence Dayton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Dayton of Jacktown, MD. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on May 18, 1966. PFC Dayton was a Marine Mortarman, age 21, born March 5, 1945, from Ross Neck, MD. PFC Dayton arrived in Vietnam on December 24, 1966 and was assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. On February 25, 1967 while on patrol PFC Dayton was killed in action when he stepped on a land mine. PFC Dayton had been in Vietnam 64 days. PFC Dayton is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 15E, Line 087. “Gone but not Forgotten” 51 years ago today, on Tuesday, February 25, 1969, 7th Marine Regiment lost 8 of their own heroes in 3 separate incidents when Corporal Samuel AlvIn Eklofe, Private First Class Lawrence Gerard Donaldson, Private First Class Carl Wayne Hill, Private First Class James Michael Root, Private First Class Samuel Ray Wall, Private First Class James Edward Wells, and Private Roosevelt Johnson, Jr. were killed in action; Private First Class James Franklin Martin Laird was killed in action by “Friendly Fire” while engaging enemy forces. On February 25, 1969, Alpha Company was conducting a sweep through the Phuoc Toi village complex in Hieu Duc District when they were engaged by a large NVA force. Fire from machine-guns raked the Marines as they maneuvered towards the camouflaged and hidden enemy positions. When the fire fight was finally terminated, four Marines lay dead, one of whom was killed by friendly fire, and several had been wounded. One of the casualties was PFC Laird who died as a result of gunshot wounds by friendly fire during the fire fight with the enemy. Private First Class James Franklin Martin Laird was the son of William F. Laird and Tibitha E. Laird. He entered service (Selective Service) in the U.S. Marine Corps on April 15, 1968 in Detroit, MI. PFC Laird was a Marine Anti-Tank Assaultman, age 20, born August 25, 1948, from Flint, MI. PFC Laird arrived in Vietnam on September 1, 1968 and was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. On December 7, 1968 during Operation MEADE RIVER under the operational control of the 1st Marines, Alpha Company engaged a heavily armed NVA force in fortified positions in the vicinity of Ha Nong Tay. The battle raged throughout the day as the Marines tried to break through the enemy lines until darkness fell. The Marines dug in for the night with thirteen of their comrades who were killed in action and twenty four who were wounded during the action. PFC Laird was one of the casualties who was treated for his injuries and received his first Purple Heart Medal and returning to his unit for duty. On February 25, 1969, one of the casualties was PFC Laird who died as a result of gunshot wounds by friendly fire during the fire fight with the enemy. PFC Laird had been in Vietnam 178 days. PFC Laird is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 31W, Line 051. PFC James Franklin Martin Laird was presented with the NAVY COMMENDATION Medal with Combat "V" posthumously "For meritorious service from October 3, 1968 to February 25, 1969." Private First Class James Edward Wells was the son of Chesley E. Wells and Lola M. Wells of Tulare, CA. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on July 18, 1968 in Fresno, CA. PFC Wells was a Marine Rifleman, age 19, born April 8, 1950, from Tulare, CA. PFC Wells arrived in Vietnam on January 13, 1969 and was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. On February 25, 1969, one of the casualties was PFC Wells who died outright as a result of hostile small arms fire. PFC Wells had been in Vietnam 44 days. PFC Wells is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 31W, Line 062. PFC Wells was presented with the NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL with Combat "V" posthumously "For meritorious service from January 15 to February 25, 1969." Private First Class James Michael Root was the son of Edsel F. Root and Gerorgette Root of Flint, MI. He entered service (Selective Service) with the U.S. Marine Corps on May 23, 1968 in Detroit, MI. PFC Root was a Marine Rigleman, age 20, born September 4, 1948, from Flint, MI. Root arrived in Vietnam on January 21, 1969 and was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. On February 25, 1969, one of the casualties was PFC Root who died outright as a result of multiple fragmentation and hostile small arms fire. PFC Root had been in Vietnam 36 days. PFC Root is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 31W, Line 057. Private First Class Samuel Ray Wall was the son of Eva Mae Wall and Nelson S. Wall (Deceased) of Cincinnati, OH. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on August 1, 1968 in Cincinnati, OH. PFC Wall was a Marine Rifleman, age 19, born August 22, 1949, from Cincinnati, OH. PFC Wall arrived in Vietnam on February 8, 1969 and was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. On February 25, 1969, one of the casualties was PFC Wall who died outright as a result of hostile small arms fire. PFC Wall had been in Vietnam 18 days. PFC Wall is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 31W, Line 061. Private First Class Carl Wayne Hill was the son of Stella English and Carlos L. Hill (Deceased) of Benton, AR. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on February 8, 1968 in Little Rock, AR. PFC Hill was a Marine Mortarman, age 19, born November 1, 1949. PFC Hill arrived in Vietnam on June 25, 1968 and was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. On February 25, 1969, the 81mm mortar section on Hill 65 in Dai Loc District Quang were firing illumination rounds in support of Marines conducting a mission against hostile forces when a mortar round malfunctioned. The round exploded in the tube causing the outright death of PFC Hill as a result of multiple fragmentation wounds. PFC Hill had been in Vietnam 246 days. PFC Hill is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 31W, Line 049. On Tuesday, February 25, 1969, at 0:600H a platoon enroute to check a suspected enemy rocket launching site northeast of Hill 22 in Hieu Duc District near the vicinity of La Chau, became engaged with an enemy force. The NVA, in hidden positions opened fire on the Marines with automatic weapons and rifle fire inflicting several casualties on the platoon. Artillery and air support were brought to bear on the fortified enemy positions, after the prep fires were conducted the Marines moved forward on the attack. At the conclusion of the engagement, two NVA soldiers were taken prisoner, one was later was identified as the CO (Commanding Officer) of the 141st NVA Regiment. Corporal Samuel AlvIn Eklofe was the son of Alvin R. Eklofe and Ruth E. Eklofe and the brother of 19 brothers and sisters all of Keota, IA. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on June 22, 1967 in Des Moines, IA. Cpl Eklofe was a Marine Rifleman, age 21, born January 1, 1948, from Ketola, IA. Cpl Eklofe arrived in Vietnam on January 29, 1968 and was assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. Cpl Eklofe extended his tour of duty in Vietnam by an additional 6 months. This afforded him the opportunity to go home on 30 days leave. Cpl Eklofe had just returned from his leave a few days earlier. On February 24, 1969, India Company fought valiantly against the well dug in enemy force. Besides the numerous wounded Marines, 8 men had been killed in action. One of the casualties during the fire fight was Cpl Eklofe who was killed in action as a result of hostile small arms fire. Cpl Eklofe had been in Vietnam 393 days. Cpl Eklofe is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 31W, Line 046. Samuel A. Eklofe was presented with the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" "For heroic achievement on 5 May 1968". Private First Class Lawrence Gerard Donaldson was the son of Lawrence W. Donaldson and Mary E. Donaldson of Ligonier, PA. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on August 18, 1968 in Pittsburg, PA. PFC Donaldson was a Marine Machine Gunner, age 18, born November 2, 1950, from Ligonier, PA. PFC Donaldson arrived in Vietnam on February 9, 1969 and was assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. On February 25, 1969 having spent a second night on An Tan Ridge in Hieu Duc District in virtual constant contact with NVA forces, the men of Lima Company once again began their push against the enemy to clear the battlefield and search for any remaining casualties. Almost immediately, the Marines were engaged with entrenched NVA forces near Ninh An. Fire fights continued for the remainder of the day until the enemy withdrew and the Marines cleared the area. Wounded as a result of hostile rifle fire, PFC Donaldson died hostile small arms fire before he could be evacuated for medical treatment. PFC Donaldson had been in Vietnam 17 days. PFC Donaldson is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 31W, Line 046. Private Roosevelt Johnson, Jr. was was the son of Susie M. Johnson and Roosevelt Johnson, Sr. (Deceased) and the loving brother of Willie M. Johnson all of Washington DC. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on November 16, 1967 in Baltimore, MD. Pvt Johnson was a Marine Rifleman, age 21, born June 18, 1947, from Washington, DC. Pvt Johnson arrived in Vietnam on November 30, 1968 where he was assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. On February 24, 1969, India Company fought valiantly against the well dug in enemy force. Besides the numerous wounded Marines, 8 men had been killed in action. One of the casualties during the fire fight was Pvt Johnson who was killed in action as a result of hostile machine gun fire. Pvt Johnson had been in Vietnam 88 days. Pvt Johnson is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 31W, Line 050. Someone once said, “Death is not final until you are forgotten.” While I breathe all of you will live on and your sacrifices for our freedom will be remembered. Let me just say, “Thank you and Semper Fidelis” from an old comrade and a grateful nation.