Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
Lance Corporal 2
17 Jan 1948 2
05 Jul 1967 2

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Full Name:
Ernest Floyd Petty 2
17 Jan 1948 2
Male 2
05 Jul 1967 2
Cause: Artillery, Rocket, Mortar 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 05 Jul 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Hometown: Uehling, NE 2
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Lance Corporal 2
7th Comm Bn 2
Comm Supt Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
E3 2
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 2
Marine Corps 2
PLRS Maintenance Technician (USMC) 2
Years Served:
2 2
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 14 2
Panel: 23E 2

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I was there when Ernie died. He was killed along with one other Marine in my company early on the morning of July 5th when the Dong Ha combat base received a sustained artillery barrage. He was sleeping outside of one of the squad tents because it was so hot. I was sleeping on the other side of a low sandbag wall inside the tent. The first two rounds hit almost simultaneously, killing Ernie instantly and mortally wounding another in another tent. A third was also sleeping outside the tent near Ernie and was seriously wounded in the leg.

Thank you Marine for your service to this great nation and 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                  

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A Note from The Virtual Wall
The Communications Support Company, 7th Comm Bn, lost two men on 05 Jul 1967: LCpl Ernest F. Petty and LCpl Marvin O. Stevens of Chicago.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

There but for the grace of God ...

Ernie was wild and fun. I visited his hometown a year ago, read the local paper with notes on his comings and goings, saw his school, the cafe his parents owned and his grave, where he is buried next to his father. After seeing where he came from gave an explanation for all that energy.

Getting closer
Getting closer to the resurrection. B.M. except the email.
Posted by: dkp
Relationship: He is my brother
Monday, January 30, 2006

To My Fellow Marine
The day will come when we once again walk side by side.

Sgt. Bob Miller,
U.S.M. C.
Posted by: Bob Miller
Relationship: We served together
Sunday, January 29, 2006

i will always remember
i love you and will see you
in the ressurection love kathy
Posted by: donnan kathleen
Relationship: He is my brother
Sunday, October 17, 2004


More then a "Name on The Wall."

Name On The Wall


by Jimmy Fortune and John Rimel




I saw her from a distance
as she walked up to the wall
She laid a wreath of flowers,
then her tears began to fall

She took out pen and paper,
as to trace her memories
She looked up to the heavens,
and the words she said were these:

"Lord, my boy was special,
and he meant so much to me
And though I'd love to have him,
just one more time to see

All I have are memories,
and monuments recall
So Lord, let me know he's not
just a name upon a wall"

"He's really missed by family,
being home on Christmas day
He died for God and Country,
in a place so far away

I remember just a little boy,
playing war when he was three
But this time it's for real.
He wont be coming home to me"

"You know my boy was special,
and he meant so much to me
And though I'd love to have him here,
I know that this can't be

So thank you for the memories,
and the moments I recall
And please just tell him
he is more than a name upon a wall"

Uncle Ernie Pittman "Petty"

Dearest Uncle Ernie Pittman was signed up for war by his Mother on his 17th Birthday . He was singed in under the name of his Step father Petty. I want Ernie to be remembered for his sacrifice and service to his country for his true birth name of Pittman . He was born in a small shack in Harlan Kentucky to Allen Eugene Pittman and Anna Ruth Dunsmore . Ernie has a older sister Phyllis Pittman a younger sister Delores Ann Pittman and his younger Brother Robert "Robby" Allen Pittman . Ernie also has a half sister Donna Kathleen Petty. Ernie died just days before he was to come home . He died at Dung ha base while sleeping outside his tent . A man by the name of Michael Hand slept next to him and carried Ernie to the medical tent , but nothing could be done. A friend of Ernie's By the name of Ray Erwin has told me stories of you while at war and what a great soul you were , how funny you were and that you died a hero. Ray actually held on to some belongings of yours in hopes of one day returning them . This year 2017 your belongings will be making there way home Uncle Ernie . 

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