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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 1
Birth:
21 Sep 1945 1
Death:
02 Apr 1966 1
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Full Name:
Daniel Joseph Piotrowski 1
Birth:
21 Sep 1945 1
Male 1
Death:
02 Apr 1966 1
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
Age at Death: 20 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 02 Apr 1966 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Residence:
Hometown: Jackson, MI 1
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Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 1
Battalion:
1st Bn 1
Company:
B Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
Grade:
E3 1
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 1
Regiment:
3rd Marines 1
Service:
Marine Corps 1
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 1
Years Served:
1 1
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 77 1
Panel: 06E 1

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Operation ORANGE was a search-and-destroy operation on the north and south banks of the Vu Gia River at Thuong Duc in preparation for the establishment of an Army Special Forces emplacement at Ha Tan just outside Thuong Duc village. Thirteen men died in the 02 April assault on Ngoc Kinh (2), a tiny hamlet on the south bank of the Vu Gia River, with 5 other Marines killed by mines and boobytraps during the operation. The 13 men killed at Ngoc Kinh (2) were A Co, 3rd Eng Bn LCpl Donald E. Young, Baltimore, MD (attached B/1/3) B Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marines SSgt Thurman W. Owen, Wichita Falls, TX Sgt Donald R. Burton, Coatesville, PA Cpl Dale L. Courchane, Wenatchee, WA Cpl Julian C. Cuellar, San Antonio, TX LCpl Paul A. Haines, Canton, OH LCpl Alexander Menzies, Walworth, NY (Silver Star) LCpl Daniel J. Piotrowski, Jackson, MI (Silver Star) LCpl David G. Russell, Salem, OR LCpl Ralph M. Williams, Chicago, IL Pfc Richard H. Wright, Halstead, KS Pfc Weldon D. Moss, Ethete, WY Pfc Feliberto Villa, Ingleside, TX

SILVER STAR CITATION: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Daniel Joseph Piotrowski (2122153), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, at Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 2 April 1966. The point man on Corporal Piotrowski's squad was wounded and pinned down by intense enemy fire in an exposed position. As the squad leader rushed to the aid of the wounded Marine, Corporal Piotrowski reacted without concern for his own safety. He immediately set in his automatic rifle in a completely exposed position in order to lay down a base of covering fire for his two comrades. Even though under fire himself, he remained at his position and continued the protective fire until the two Marines reached safety. Corporal Piotrowski's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.

Thank you Cpl. for your love of our Corps & Country....

THE WALL

Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same

The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces

Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives


"War drew us from our homeland

In the sunlit springtime of our youth.

Those who did not come back alive remain

 in perpetual springtime -- forever young --

And a part of them is with us always."

--- Author Unknown ---

 God Bless  You                  ike

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A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 02 April 1966 Bravo 1/3 Marines lost twelve men killed in action during heavy fighting in Quang Nam Province:
SSgt Thurman W. Owen, Wichita Falls, TX
Sgt Donald R. Burton, Coatesville, PA
Cpl Dale L. Courchane, Wenatchee, WA
Cpl Julian C. Cuellar, San Antonio, TX
LCpl Paul A. Haines, Canton, OH
LCpl Alexander Menzies, Walworth, NY (Silver Star)
LCpl Daniel J. Piotrowski, Jackson, MI (Silver Star)
LCpl David G. Russell, Salem, OR
LCpl Ralph M. Williams, Chicago, IL
Pfc Weldon D. Moss, Ethete, WY
Pfc Feliberto Villa, Ingleside, TX
Pfc Richard H. Wright, Halstead, KS
Lance Corporal Claude G. Lebas received the Navy Cross for his actions during the battle; the Citation for his award gives a sense of the circumstances: "heavy automatic-weapons and mortar fire ... [the] enemy fire was so intense that his covering force was driven back ..."

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The President of the United States

takes pride in presenting the
SILVER STAR
posthumously to
DANIEL JOSEPH PIOTROWSKI
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps

for service as set forth in the following
CITATION:
For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, at Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 2 April 1966. The point man on Corporal Piotrowski's squad was wounded and pinned down by intense enemy fire in an exposed position. As the squad leader rushed to the aid of the wounded Marine, Corporal Piotrowski reacted without concern for his own safety. He immediatly set in his automatic rifle in a completely exposed position in order to lay down a base of covering fire for his two comrades. Even though under fire himself, he remained at his position and continued the protective fire until the two Marines reached safety. Corporal Piotrowski's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.

 

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