Gary Lee HallPrivate First Class
E CO, 2ND BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
26 July 1956 - 21 July 1976
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The database page for Gary Lee Hall
You may have been left behind,
Be at peace, Gary.
From one who remembers,
Like I said in the letter I left for Joseph I never knew you but did know one of the three of you men that were left behind on Koh Tang Island. He was PFC Danny G. Marshall. He was my best friend - we grew up in a small town in West Virginia and went to the same schools.
It was and still is a shame that our Government did to you three men what they did, but we now know what happened thanks to a man named Ralph Wetterhahn and his book "The Last Battle".
And Gary I want to tell you the same thing I said in the letters I left for Danny and Joseph: "JOB WELL DONE, Gary".
From a friend of one left behind,
Gary, You are not forgotten.
It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered.
I wear his POW/MIA Bracelet,
The Mayaguez IncidentAfter the fall of Cambodia and South Vietnam to the Communists, Cambodian forces captured the US-registered ship SS MAYAGUEZ, taking her to the offshore island of Koh Tang. President Gerald Ford directed that the ship should be recaptured and her crew freed by use of force.
The USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) battle group and an assault group from the 9th Marines were directed to land on the island and retake the ship and crew. Although intelligence estimates indicated that the island was lightly held, in fact there were a considerable number of Cambodian troops in place - and they had hand-held weapons suitable for use against helicopters.
The Marines staged through U-Tapao RTAFB in Thailand and were landed by USAF CH-53A helicopters. As the helicopters approached shore, the aircraft were taken under fire and four were brought down:
Eventually the US and Cambodian governments agreed to attempt the recovery of remains from the raid and in 1995 a number of human remains were repatriated. During May and June of 2000, the US government announced the positive identification of nine of the missing men.
As of 06 December 2004, nine men who participated in the MAYAGUEZ raid haven't come home:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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