Edward AtkucunasLance Corporal
F CO, 2ND BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
20 January 1951 - 10 May 1969
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The database page for Edward Atkucunas
The photo and following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987.
SEMPER FIDELIS, MARINE!
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
I met Ed through my boyfriend at the time. They were good friends, having grown up together. I remember Ed took me for a ride through Benjamin Rush Park, right before he left for Vietnam. He didn't have a girlfriend, that I knew of, but he was such a wonderful person, with a great sense of humor. I never thought at the time I wouldn't see him again. I will always think of him with a kind heart, big shoulders, and a good sense of humor.
From a friend,
He was my third cousin. I remember his going-away party. I was 7. I was walking up the basement stairs and he picked me up really high and ran up the stairs with me in his arms. I'm 43 and I still can see that moment.
His was the first funeral I attended. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I remember the grief and tears for an 18 year old hero.
His mother passed away January 7, 2005 ... my Mom's birthday. I told her to celebrate my "Aunt" Mary's death, for on that day she was reunited with her son ... who was her life!
From a cousin,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 09 May 1969 2/5's rifle companies were conducting "search and clear" operations in Quang Nam Province. The 2/5 Command Chronology reports that two Marines were killed in action and three were evacuated after being wounded in action - two by mines, one by gunshot. The casualty database and other records show two men from 2/5 died that day as a result of "multiple fragmentation wounds", the term usually used for mines and other explosive devices, and one the following day from similar causes. The 2/5 Operations Journal for 09 May contains the following entries:
"0400H - A Marine from Company F detonated a boob trapped 105mm artillery round with pressure detonation located in a treeline at AT855515. Results: One USMC WIA and one USMC KIA."Three deaths are believed to have resulted from these two incidents:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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