Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
Private 1
31 Dec 1947 1
19 May 1968 1

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Full Name:
Albert Aloysius Gillespie 1
31 Dec 1947 1
Male 1
19 May 1968 1
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
Age at Death: 20 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 19 May 1968 1
Casualty Location: SE of Khe Sanh Combat Base 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Hometown: Streetsboro, OH 1
Marital Status: Single 1

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Private 1
2nd Bn 1
F Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
E1 1
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 1
1st Marines 1
Marine Corps 1
Rifleman (USMC) 1
Tour Start Date:
03 Feb 1968 1
Years Served:
2 1
Roman Catholic 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 10 1
Panel: 63E 1

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Thank you Marine for your faithful devotion to this great nation and to our Corps.

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      

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 63E 010

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The narrative section of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines' Command Chronology for May 1968 contains the following statement: "On 19 May the Battalion made heavy contact with an estimated 2 NVA Companies. The enemy was dug in along the Main Supply Route extending southwest from Khe Sanh Combat Base." The Operations Log expands on what happened: "[At 0700 19 May] Mine sweep team accompanied by reinforced platoon from Company "F" and two tanks triggered enemy ambush at initial range of approximately 25 meters. Contact subsequently revealed reinforced NVA company and prepared bunkers. Road sweep element immediately reinforced by remainder Company "F", standing by at Khe Sanh Combat Base as convoy escort. Company assaulted enemy position and later repulsed counter attack. Company "G" was dispatched to reinforce Company "F" and killed 3 NVA at rear of Company "F" while linking up. Company "E" 2/3 with two tanks dispatched from bridge 3 to reinforce Company "G" and Company "F". After link up of forces, contact was broken and intensive air, artillery, mortars, grenades, and small arms fire was brought upon enemy positions. "F" and "G" Companies established blocking position in direction of enemy attack. Echo 2/3 swept through enemy position from rear driving enemy into blocking force. Sweep and blocking force units engaged enemy by fire. Echo reported 16 NVA KIA. Company "H" patrolling south of contact area, contacted 1 NVA fleeing area. Total casualties 8 friendly KIA, 34 friendly WIA and 66 NVA KIA." Follow-on reports increased the numbers of both Marines and NVA soldiers killed in the action - for example, during a sweep of the area on 20 May Golf 2/1 found and buried an additional 31 NVA dead.

The 18 Marines who died were

Echo 2/1:

2ndLt Dennis R. Muvich, Whiting, IN
Cpl Gordon T. Molaison, Thibodaux, LA
Pfc Sigard R. Grimstad, Teaneck, NJ

Fox 2/1:

Capt Troy R. Oliver, Boise, ID
Sgt Walter J. Reece, Marshall, NC
Cpl Gerald P. Williber, New Orleans, LA
LCpl Michael F. Burleson, Waxahachie, TX
LCpl Raymond F. Trantham, Murphy, NC
Pfc Harry W. Braun, Hebron, IL
Pfc Joseph F. Burnham, Bloomfield, NJ
Pfc Lynn B. Coleman, Ashland, MS
Pfc James W. Cooper, Nansemond, VA
Pfc Lon B. Ewing, Chula Vista, CA
Pfc Donald V. Johnson, Dallas, TX
Pfc Roger E. Montz, Tonawanda, NY
Pfc Patrick C. Riordan, Des Plaines, IL (Silver Star)
Pfc Dwight T. Valrie, Ocala, FL
Pvt Albert A. Gillespie, Streetsboro, OH

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