Eddie Paul AustinCorporal
B BTRY, 1ST BN, 11TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
02 December 1946 - 21 April 1967
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The database page for Eddie Paul Austin
To my childhood friend,
Your life is remembered and your sacrifice appreciated.
You are not forgotten.
Eddie you were my best friend over there until your death. You always were helpful and caring. Your belief in God was so strong I always wonder why you died and not me, a somewhat believer. I guess God just wanted you home.
I wear a KIA bracelet with your name on it daily. Rest in peace.
From a friend - we served together,
A Note from The Virtual WallCorporal Eddie Austin was an artilleryman assigned to an artillery forward observer team serving with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. Fox 2/1 manned an outpost on a hill at Nui Loc Son, running daily (and nightly) patrols to deny the valley below to the enemy.
On 21 Apr 1967, most of the company set out on a daylight patrol that took them into the village of Binh Son. As the Marines approached across the rice paddies they were ambushed by a dug-in VC Main Force battalion that enjoyed a clear line of fire across level land with little cover ... Fox 2/1 had run into a hornet's nest. Fourteen Marines were killed and 18 others wounded early in the fight, which continued until other elements of the 1st Marines and the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, arrived and flanked the VC from their fortifications.
By the time Fox 2/1 was relieved they had lost 26 men. Corporal Eddie Austin was the 27th.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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