Layne Farell CliftonPrivate First Class
F CO, 2ND BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
05 September 1945 - 09 May 1967
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I went through ITR, BIS and Staging Bn with Layne and I was a fellow member of Fox 2/3.
My dear friend, I have missed you all these years and never got to say goodbye to you but I will never forget you. I can see you as if you are here before me now. I hear your voice and that laugh. You will always be a hero to those of us who knew you. It's hard to believe it has been so long ... nearly 40 years. I hope you would believe that I have lived a life that would have pleased you and all those others for I try now to live it as you would have lived yours.
Stephen W. Amodt
A Note from The Virtual WallThe Khe Sanh Combat Base sat in a valley just south of the western end of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Vietnam, and was overlooked by peaks rising as high as 2500 feet to the north, west, and southwest. The infamous "Hill Fights" in and on the mountains surrounding the combat base began in early 1967 and eventually grew into the seige of the combat base in 1968. The fighting in the spring of 1967 had two diametrically opposed objectives:
The meeting engagement on the hillside quickly grew into a full-fledged battle fought in difficult terrain largely covered in six-foot-tall elephant grass. By the time the fight ended, Fox 2/3 had lost 22 Marines and 2 Navy Corpsmen, with many more wounded - and the NVA had withdrawn back into the jungles and tall grasses.
With one exception the Marines of Fox 2/3 brought out their dead and wounded: the body of Private Robert J Todd could not be found in the elephant grass. The dead were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 15 Aug 2006
Last updated 08/28/2006