Paul Raymond Le Houllier
Lance Corporal
I CO, 3RD BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Somersworth, New Hampshire
September 26, 1947 to April 05, 1969
PAUL R LE HOULLIER is on the Wall at Panel W27, Line 19

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Paul Raymond Le Houllier

Lance Corporal
INDIA CO, 3RD BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
26 September 1947 - 05 April 1969
Somersworth, New Hampshire
Panel 27W Line 019

 
29 May 2008

I happened upon LCpl LeHoullier's final restiing place in 2005. He is buried in a cemetery in Somersworth NH, his home town. LCpl LeHoullier was an infantryman assigned to I Co, 3/1 Marines, 1st Marine Division. On 5 April 1969 India and most of the battalion was conducting sweeps in Quang Nam Province. At 1120, Lima Co began a river crossing and began taking fire from a treeline on the opposite side of the river. India Company attempted to flank the enemy position and found the enemy well entrenched and willing to fight. India 3/1 pressed the attack and by that afternoon had forced the NVA to withdraw, leaving 72 bodies behind. The assault had been costly, though, with 9 men killed and 32 wounded.

LCpl LeHoulliier was the XO's radio man that day and was helping wounded comrades to the medevac when he himself was hit in the back and mortally wounded. He only had two weeks left in his tour of duty. He was awarded the Silver Star posthumously.

His final resting place includes a photo of him in his dress blues set in the monument stone. I never met him but want to help make sure his sacrifice is not forgotten.

Richard Weston
alrichmimi@earthlink.net


 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 05 April 1969 India, Kilo, and Lima Companies, 3/1 Marines, were conducting sweeps in Quang Nam Province. At 1120, Lima began a river crossing and found themselves taking fire from a treeline on the opposite side of the river. India 3/1 was in a position to take the enemy in the flank and proceeded to do so - but by 1330 had found the enemy well entrenched and willing to fight. India 3/1 pressed the attack and by 1500 had forced the NVA to withdraw, leaving 72 bodies behind. The assault had been costly, though, with 9 men killed and 32 wounded in the action - and one of the wounded died later in the day. The dead were
  • 2ndLt Steven E. Donaldson, Peabody, MA
  • 2ndLt William S. Geary, Roslyn, PA
  • HM3 William E. Boone, Tuskegee, AL (H&S with India 3/1)
  • LCpl Stephen A. Daniel, Waco, TX
  • LCpl Paul R. Le Houllier, Somersworth, NH (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Richard T. Leavell, Jeffersonville, IN
  • Pfc Robert C. Lira, Indio, CA
  • Pfc Willie L. Lowe, Louisville, KY
  • Pfc Islam Ozger, New York, NY
  • Pfc Richard W. Perdue, Rocky Mount, VA
3/1 suffered another loss as well - LCpl Jimmie L. Forrest of Winona, MS, assigned to Kilo 3/1, was hit and killed by a bomb fragment during an air strike on a separate group of NVA soldiers.

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