Earl Leroy LewisPrivate First Class
L CO, 3RD BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
14 August 1949 - 27 December 1967
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The database page for Earl Leroy Lewis
Earl was from the oil-field town of Odessa, Texas. I knew him casually when I was a senior at Odessa High School and he was an underclassman. I remember that he always had a smile, a mousy kind of smile that made you wonder what he was up to.
Earl was born in Alturas, California but had lived in Odessa since he was two years old. Earl was killed December 27, 1967. I was home on Christmas leave from the U.S. Army at the time. I read about it in the newspaper with great sadness. Two months later I was in Vietnam.
Unlike Earl, I came home from Vietnam and unlike Earl I completed my education, had a family and a career. I have no tears left from my youth for the young men from Odessa, Texas who perished in Vietnam. However, I can help to provide for them a legacy.
Earl is buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Very near to him are the resting places of many of Odessa's other casualties of the Vietnam War.
Earl is remembered by his classmates from Odessa High School, Class of 68, and on the
Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.
Billy M. Brown
A Note from The Virtual WallWhen Battalion Landing Team 3/1, built around the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, landed at Than Tham Khe during Operation Badgertooth they ran into a buzz-saw. At day's end on 27 Dec 1967, BLT 3/1 had lost 49 men, most of them from Lima Company:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 31 Jan 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009