On the morning of the 26th the Marines regrouped, reoccupied the position, and recovered additional bodies, increasing the casualty count to 12 dead. No identifiable remains were recovered for two Marines known to be present, and a week later one of the wounded died of his injuries. The fifteen men were
1stLt John W. Abbott, Hammond, IN, Bravo 1/3
2ndLt Timothy M. O'Neill, St Louis, MO, Bravo 1/3
Cpl Gary D. Carter, Tyler, TX, Bravo 1/3
Cpl Daniel L. Pucci, Berea, OH, Bravo 1/3 (DoW 06/02/1969)
Cpl Jan Rauschkolb, Denver, CO, H&S 1/3
Cpl William F. Skaggs, St Paul, MN, Bravo 1/3
LCpl Paul A. Graff, Sunnyvale, CA, H&S 1/3
LCpl Michael A. Powell, Atlanta, GA, H&S 1/3
LCpl John Winters, Clark, NJ, Bravo 1/3
PFC Jimmy K. Church, Columbus, OH, Bravo 1/3
PFC Keith A. Kahlstorf, Britt, IA, Bravo 1/3
PFC Edward T. O'Donovan, Chicago, IL, Bravo 1/3
PFC Jim J. Walters, Sioux City, IA, Bravo 1/3
PFC Leroy C. Williams, Jacksonville, FL, Bravo 1/3 (Body not recovered)
Pvt Monek Weitz, Roxbury, MA, A Btry, 1/12 Marines (Body not recovered)
Pvt Weitz was a member of an artillery Forward Observer team attached to Bravo 1/3.
Thank you Marine for your service to this great nation and to our 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 ike
Bravo 1/3 Vietnam 1968-69
I met Jim in the 1st platoon in late 1968. He never liked the M-16 rifle and preferred carrying his M-14 instead. I was squad leader of the 1st platoon M-60 machine squad and Jim would replinished his ammo from my gun squad which I never denied him. He was a good Marine and friend. I was there when Jim died May 25, 1969. I knew Jim along with Lt. John Abbott, Gary Carter, Daniel Pucci, William Skaggs who also died the same day. I will never forget you. Semper Fi.