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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 2
Birth:
16 Feb 1956 2
Death:
29 Apr 1975 2
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Full Name:
Darwin Lee Judge 2
Birth:
16 Feb 1956 2
Male 2
Death:
29 Apr 1975 2
Cause: Artillery, Rocket, Mortar 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered on 1 Mar 1976 2
Casualty Date: 29 Apr 1975 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Marshalltown, IA 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 2
Battalion:
USMC Sec Guard Bn 2
Company:
E Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E3 2
Major Command:
American Embassy Saigon 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Mortarman (USMC) 2
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Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 124 2
Panel: 01W 2

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From Wikipedia - Charles McMahon (born May 10, 1953) and Darwin Lee Judge (born February 16, 1956), two American Marines, were the last two U.S. servicemen killed in the Vietnam War. They died in a rocket attack on April 29, 1975, while providing security for the Defense Attache Office, at the Tân S?n Nh?t Airport in Saigon [1]. The American evacuation of Saigon was complete by the next day, April 30, 1975. Corporal Charles McMahon was from Woburn, Massachusetts. Lance Corporal Darwin Judge was an Eagle Scout and was from Marshalltown, Iowa. Judge was 19 years old at the time of his death. Both men were members of the Marine Security Guard Battalion at the American Embassy. They were killed in artillery fire from several approaching NVA infantry divisions closing in on Saigon. Their bodies were left behind but were returned to their families the next year for burial. Judge never received the Purple Heart he deserved and was not given Marine burial honors until 25 years later [2]. The first U.S. casualty in Vietnam was Flying Tiger John T. Donovan who was killed on May 12, 1942, but American involvement in Vietnam was not considered official at that time and as such his name does not appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial [3]. The first two official caualties were U.S. Army Major Dale R. Buis and Master Sergeant Chester Charles Ovnand who were killed 17 years before McMahon and Judge on July 18, 1959.

I was born in Marshalltown and growing up my dad would always talk about this event. I have finally made the story real for me.

Thank you Marine for your service to this great nation and 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                  ike

Thanks LCpl Judge

You are not forgotten. Rest in peace, Marine.

Semper Fi

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