Freddie BrookinsLance Corporal
M CO, 3RD BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
20 February 1948 - 06 March 1968
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The photo above and following article are taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987. The special supplement was issued in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.
SEMPER FIDELIS, MARINE!
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe area around Con Thien, located just south of the Demilitarized Zone, was a hotbed of North Vietnamese Army activity from the earliest days of US involvement in the ground war. Three NVA divisions were located in or immediately north of the DMZ, and quite commonly would cross into South Vietnam proper. When they did, the NVA were supported by their own heavy artillery firing from within or just north of the DMZ, a degree of firepower not available to the NVA or VC units operating further south. While large US and SVN army forces were deployed in Quang Tri Province at various times during the war, the Marines were there continuously from 1965 until US withdrawal - and carried the primary burden of fighting the NVA regulars.
On 06 March 1968, while the siege at Khe Sanh was being fought only a few miles to the west, Mike Company, 3/3 Marines, was conducting a company-size recon patrol near Con Thien when they engaged part of the NVA's 362B Division. Fourteen men from Mike 3/3 were killed in the heavy fighting which followed:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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