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"He was very proud to be a Marine," said the young serviceman's mother.
The private first class attended Thomas Edison High School
before joining the Marine Corps
PFC Pettus ws assigned to Company H of the 2nd Battalion,
4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division.
He died in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, on March 30, 1967.
Source: Philadelphia Daily News 10/26/1987
Thomas Alva Edison High School of Philadelphia,
lost 54 former students during the Vietnam War,
more than any other U.S. high school. ...
School District of Philadelphia.
The 2/4 Marines' Command Chronology for March 1967 contains the following entry:
"On 30 March 1967, Company H on way to provide security for rice harvest
at AT8256 were ambushed by a company of VC dug in at AT810574.
At 0813H, Bald Eagle (Company E) was alerted. At 0940H, Bald Eagle
and Command Group 'A' departed their CPs by truck to CAC B2-2 position,
where the Bald Eagle was picked up by helicopters and dropped into LZ
at AT791566. Companies H and E commenced a search and clear mission to the west
and southwest of Hill 25 AT807553. Sporadic contact was made during the day.
At approximately 1700H the sweep secured.
Results are as follows: VC KIA (Conf) 11, VC KIA (Prob) 8, Detainees 6,
USMC KIA 8, USMC WIA 6."
The Operations Log makes it clear the 14 casualties occurred
during Hotel 2/4's initial engagement, which began at about 0800.
The casualties had been medevaced by 0911.
Unfortunately, the death toll was increased when Pfc James R. Morgan
died from his wounds the following day.