Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Birth:
03 Feb 1946 1
Death:
08 May 1967 1
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Full Name:
Ralph H Watington, Jr 1
Birth:
03 Feb 1946 1
Male 1
Death:
08 May 1967 1
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
Age at Death: 21 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 08 May 1967 1
Casualty Location: attack on USMC positions at Con Thien 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Residence:
Hometown: New York, NY 1
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Battalion:
1st Bn 1
Company:
D Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
Grade:
E4 1
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 1
Regiment:
4th Marines 1
Service:
Marine Corps 1
Specialty:
Assaultman (USMC) 1
Years Served:
2 1
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Religion:
Baptist 2
Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 1
Race or Ethnicity:
African-American 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 68 1
Panel: 19E 1

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Corporal Watington was killed in action on 8 May 1967 during a battalion-sized NVA attack on the Marine base at Con Thien. He was awarded the Silver Star posthumously: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ralph H. Watington, Jr. (2104550), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 8, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Watington upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

He just wasn't a war hero, he was our big brother who had an enormous impact on our lives. We'll never forget you SUGAR.!!!!!

Your so right little brother. I remember the day he left for his tour in Vietnam. I was looking out the window of our apartment. He was leaving and I didn't know when he would return. He was on his way out the door when Mom told him I was crying. He came back and we talked. One phrase he said to me stood out the most. He said, "Be yourself and be a man". That stayed with me for the rest of my life and was my goal until this day.

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