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Full Name:
Orval Harry Skarman 2
11 Mar 1947 2
Male 2
28 Nov 1975 2
Cause: Unknown, Not Reported 2
Age at Death: 28 2
Body Recovered: Not recovered 2
Casualty Date: 15 Jan 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Hometown: Duluth, MN 2
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Sergeant 2
3rd Bn 2
L Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
E5 2
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 2
3rd Marines 2
Marine Corps 2
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Lutheran (also Missouri Synod) 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 56 2
Panel: 34E 2

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My father served in Vietnam was lucky enough to make it home, severly wounded. But he had always worn the POW bracelet of Sgt. Orval Skarman, which was passed on to me when he died at age 38. He had been exposed to Agent Orange and had the skin problems that came along with it. For many years, I tried to find information about Sgt. Orval Skarman, but with no luck. I didn't know if he was ever recovered from the war. Apparently not. I always wanted to contact his family (parents, brothers, sisters, etc) to let them know that he was never forgotten. I hope they find out about this site. I would like to see his picture and maybe know more about him. If so, send me an email at Laura Passomonti (daughter of Nicholas Passomonti, Rifleman, Army)

To family of Sgt. Orval Skarman

Wanted to find more information from friends or family. I've had a POW bracelet that my father wore with Sgt. Skarman's name on it.

SKARMAN, ORVAL HARRY Name: Orval Harry Skarman Rank/Branch: E5/US Marine Corps Unit: L/3/3 3rd Marine Division Date of Birth: 11 March 1947 Home City of Record: Duluth MN Date of Loss: 15 January 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 164902N 1065235E (YD100600) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0987 Others in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: NO RETURN FROM R & R SYNOPSIS: Orval Skarman was a Marine stationed in northern South Vietnam near the demilitarized zone (DMZ). To the west, at Khe Sanh, his fellow Marines were battling what was to become one of the most publicized battles of the war. The battle for the city of Hue was one Skarman would not be around for. Skarman went on R & R at China Beach on January 4, and did not return. What happened to him was never discovered. He just disappeared. The Marines did not doubt his honor; they knew something had happened to Skarman that prevented his return. Perhaps he was captured or killed. He was classified Missing In Action. Like nearly 2500 other Americans, his fate remains unresolved. Since the end of American involvement in Southeast Asia, over 10,000 reports relating to Americans have been received. Nearly 1000 of these reports are first-hand, eyewitness reports. Many concern American prisoners who were not released at the end of the war. Collectively, they present a compelling case that Americans are still held against their will by an enemy many of us have forgotten. Whether Skarman was killed or taken captive is unknown. But, as long as there is even one man alive, held captive in Southeast Asia, we must consider that Skarman may be alive. We must insist that every effort is made to bring him home. Source:

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I did not know you but I will never forget you


I now wear the bracelet bearing your name (your name is worn in my heart as well). The little I have been able to find out about you gave me a few chills, even though I am a woman: we were born in the mid-west, raised as Missouri Synod Lutherans, were both buck sergeants (only I am in law enforcement). I hope someday to encounter you, in any form, if to only say thank you and are remembered.


Young Hero's God Wants With Him

    If I should die and leave you here awhile,  Be not like others, sore and undone,  Who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep.  For my sake - turn again to life and smile  Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do  Something to comfort other hearts than thine.  Complete those dear unfinished tasks of mine  And I, perchance,  may therein comfort you. -- -Hughes and Hall ---     Bless this family  O Lord, Bless Them all         ike  

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 34E 056
Serial Number 475527715

A Note from The Virtual Wall
Sergeant Orval Skarman was assigned to 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines. An experienced Marine, he was released from his unit for a period of R&R - but he did not return on schedule, and on 15 January 1968 he was classed as Missing in Action. No trace of him was ever found, but there was nothing in his record to indicate that he would willingly abandon the Corps.
A week earlier, a CH-46 helicopter from HMH-463 had crashed on a mountainside while ferrying troops, including a number of men going on R&R, between Dong Ha in Quang Tri Province and Phu Bai, near Hue. The CH-46, flying in heavy rain and fog, had collided with a sheer cliff. Although the wreckage had been sighted within a few days, weather and geography combined to delay recovery efforts for three weeks. Sergeant Skarman was not manifested on the CH-46, but neither were some of the men whose bodies were recovered from the wreckage. It's impossible to know, but it's certainly possible that Sergeant Skarman caught a lift on CH-46A BuNo 153710, died in the crash, and was not recovered when search teams finally made it to the cliffside crash site.

Thank you Sgt. for your service to this great nation and to 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      

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