Isidro BacaPrivate First Class
M CO, 3RD BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
07 October 1947 - 21 August 1967
Socorro, New Mexico
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I was only 14 when you were killed ...
Felix G Barreras Jr
My mom told me a story about you when you were young going out
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am a diamond glint on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you waken in the morning hush;
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft stars
that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
- by Mary Frye (1932) -
Love, Jo Ann
From his first cousin,
We lost you 36 years ago today, I was just 10 years old.
Issy, your name is etched on the wall and in our hearts.
I remember the night you had to go to California on your way to Viet Nam you came by our house.
I also remember that my dad had spent a year there and tried to talk you out of volunteering.
There was another member of the family, another Marine.
Thank you and God Bless you.
You were only 19 years old when you lost your life but you lived a lifetime and you keep on living in my heart and soul.
You were so funny and kind and full of love for everyone.
You are my hero. I will never forget you and I will always love you. Until we meet again.
From your cousin
Things You Didn't Do
Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car and I dented it?
Issy, Mike Company had a reunion in Colorado Springs in late July 2006. Your friends were there. Dennis Meredith, Phil Hendricks, Ray Calhoun, Tommy Wheeler, me and many others. We remembered you fondly. We drank a toast to your memory. You remain in our hearts. We miss you.
From a fellow Marine who served wtih Issy,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines' Command Chronology for August 1967 contains the following entry:
"At 211130H [11:30 am, 21 Aug] at XD994484 the resupply convoy to Ca Lu was ambushed. The convoy consisted of three vehicles. One vehicle made it through to Ca Lu and the other two were destroyed. The convoy personnel were pinned down and requested assistance. The convoy was hit with intense SAF [small arms fire] and rockets of undetermined size. At 1312H two tanks, two twin-40s, one platoon (rein) aborted patrol mission and moved to the ambush site arriving at XD994484 at 1330H. Artillery missions were called and air was on station. Company "L" (-) departed 3/3 CP [Command Post] moving south with two twin-40s at 1330H and made contact at 1355H taking intense SAF and rockets. Both dusters [the twin-40s] were hit and the Company "L" CP group was surrounded at XD985508. The remaining units of Company "L" moved out and were hit at 1400H. One platoon from Company "K" and two tanks moved out of the 3/3 CP to support Company "L" at 1536H. A platoon from Company "M" removed the casualties from the resupply run back to Ca Lu. One tank with the platoon from Company "K" threw a track and repairs were in progress at 1605H. The platoon from Company "M" proceeded back to the ambush site. The WIAs from Company [illegible] were evacuated to 3/3 CP at 1713H. At 1900H the platoon from Company "M" returned with their tanks to Ca Lu, retrieving the two trucks of the resupply run from the ambush site. Company "M" also brought in 3 wounded NVA of which only one lived. The enemy broke contact at 1900H and Company "L" commenced to move back to 3/3 CP. Artillery missions were called throughout the entire engagement with excellent coverage of the target. Air strikes were very effective and on target. 81mm mortar missions also were called. There were 109 confirmed enemy killed and 305 probable enemy killed."Six Americans - two Marines and four soldiers from the Duster unit - were killed in the action:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Dec 2000
Last updated 08/18/2007