Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
Lance Corporal 1
02 Jun 1947 1
15 Feb 1968 1

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Full Name:
Charles William Eglin, III 1
02 Jun 1947 1
Male 1
15 Feb 1968 1
Cause: Intentional Homicide 1
Age at Death: 20 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Type: Non-Hostile, Died of Illness/Injury 1
Hometown: Corona, NY 1
Marital Status: Single 1

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Lance Corporal 1
Air Wing:
1st MAW 1
2nd LAAM Bn 1
B Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
E3 1
Major Command:
Marine Corps 1
Motor Vehicle Operator (USMC) 1
Tour Start Date:
10 Aug 1967 1
Years Served:
1 1
Roman Catholic 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 49 1
Panel: 39E 1

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The Loss of Lcpl Charles Eglin

Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam

Charles William Eglin was playing poker with a few other Marines at B Battery, 2nd LAAM Battalion. One of the players, last name of Washington, was insulted by 'racial' remarks made by Lcpl Eglin, and went to his area and picked up a letter opener that he had purchased in the local village. These letter openers were popular - they were shaped like a little samuri sword, with a long slender blade. Washington went back to the card game - there were more words - and he stuck Eglin in the chest with the letter opener, cutting an aorta.

I had Sergeant of the Guard that very sad night, and I remember sitting in the Duty Office (an APC that was buried) with Washington under arrest. The MPs took Washington away in the morning. We never heard of his Courts Martial or what happened to him.

I had little contact with Lcpl Eglin, but I remember him as a young cocky fellow, like so many of us then, from New York. The other Marines in the card game would have restrained Washington if they had even thought he was dangerous. Washington's record was clean to that point, and I don't believe they felt Eglin was threatened until it happened.

Texas Tech University has declassified accounts of this and other incidents in 2nd LAAM in Viet Nam at this website:

On the left of this page, scroll down to "2nd LAAM Battalion", click on that and go to "Feb 1968".

Thank you Marine for your dedicated service to our Country and Corps....



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 Marine                  ike




I have been working for over 13 years Uncle to bring some peace to me and my family. I recently spoke on the phone with one of your good friends from Nam. Everyday I'm closer to getting all the answers. You are never forgotten. I hope you, Dad, and Grandpa are having fun up there. Everything I did was for you and Dad, joining the Army and doing 3 tours in Iraq and one tour for OEF. I had to be the best Sergeant that could be to live up to my Hero's!
- Tommy Eglin Jr

In April of 1968 PFC Warren L Washington was convicted of the murder of CWE III and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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