Norman Lee Eversgerd
01 Mar 2007
PFC Eversgerd was the second son to be given to be given by his family ... An older brother had been killed earlier while serving with the US Army ... all gave a lot, some gave more, much more.From a fellow Marine and unit NCO,
Wayne M. Clark
Notes from The Virtual Wall
From the 1/13 Marines Command Chronology for Aug 1968:
"The 1st Battalion of the 13th Marines had an artillery firing position located on the Cao Dei peninsula, a thumb of land which protrudes into Cau Hai Bay about 4 kilometers northwest of Phu Loc. At 180155H August 1968, an enemy force of unknown strength attacked the Mortar Battery position in vicinity of Cao Dei peninsula. The attack was initiated with approximately 80-100 82mm mortar rounds, followed immediately by sapper attacks on defensive position, communications facilities, and command and control facilities. A reaction force (see 26th Marines below) engaged the enemy force as they were departing the position.The nine men were
Continuing, at 0205 hours, the 1st Platoon of A Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, defending in the artillery area, fired their organic 60mm mortar illumination and tried to call in their pre-arranged defensive fires, but the artillery could not man the guns. At 0231 hours, headquarters lost contact with Alpha 1 and heavy casualties were feared. At that time, 2nd platoon and 1st Bn, 13th Artillery reactionary forces moved to A1 location.
At 0245 hours, the battalion headquarters area received incoming while the Sea Bee's fire 81mm counter mortar fire. By 0315 hours, the reactionary forces had arrived but there was no communication for 20 minutes but finally regained by 0345 hours. The artillery position had been overrun at 0317 hours with VC in the bunkers, taking rifles and setting booby traps and satchel charges.
By 0329 hours, incoming stopped at the headquarters area and the flare ship was on station by 0345 hours. Control was regained and air support raked the area around the artillery base and started sweeping through the area, but unable to do a complete search until first light due to booby traps and satchel charges. By 0600, the sweep began. At 0630, med-evac and status reports were compiled and the engineers went to A1's position to blow booby traps and stachel charges.
By the end of the action, A Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines defending the artillery area, lost 9 men killed and another 12 men from both units were wounded in action. The men killed were:
Pfc Norman Eversgerd's brother, SP4 Marlin Chris Eversgerd (1946-1967), US Army, predeceased Norman when he was killed in action on 19 March 1967 during the battle at Fire Support Base Gold (also known as the Battle of Suoi Tre).
Pfc Eversgerd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris F. Eversgerd, was survived by his mother Erma Josephine Renschen Eversgerd-Gallatin (1925-2014), father Christopher Frank Eversgerd (1916-1979) and siblings James (1947-2011), Duane, Larry, Darlene, Linda, and Donald "Dino".
They are all buried in Saint Boniface Cemetery, Germantown, Clinton County, Illinois.
- - The Virtual Wall, October 30, 2014
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