Frederick George Lynch, Jr

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
28 February 1945 - 05 March 1966
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Panel 05E Line 119


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Frederick George Lynch, Jr

29 May 2006


by a friend,
Albert J Kelly
01 June 2006

The photo and following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987.

"Fred" Lynch had a keen sense of humor and a deep love for his family. He attended Father Judge and Frankford high schools before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1962 at the age of 17 during the Cuban missile crisis. The 21-year-old lance corporal, a messenger, was assigned to Company I of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He died in Quang Ngai Province, Viet Nam, on March 5, 1966, with only 45 days remaining on his four-year enlistment. Survivors included his parents and three sisters."


From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Jim McIlhenney

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 05 March 1966 the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, engaged elements of the 21st NVA Regiment in an 8 hour battle near Chau Ngai. Quoting from the 3/1 Command Chronology for March 1966, the NVA troops
"occupied classic defensive positions, were well-armed and equipped, and defended occupied positions in strength."
Enemy resistance slackened with nightfall and when the Marines began again after daybreak they found the NVA had withdrawn. The position turned out to be an extensive tunnel and underground bunker complex for the NVA 21st Regiment. The operation cost the Marines 42 dead; the NVA left 102 bodies on the field and appeared to have carried as many more with them as they retreated.

India 3/1 had fifteen of the Americans killed in the action:

  • Sgt Robert Brown, Plaquemine, LA
  • Sgt John H. Eaglin, Beaumont, TX
  • Cpl Albert Cabanayan, Kahului, HI
  • Cpl Leland F. Dixon, Whistler, AL
  • Cpl Roy Gonzales, San Antonio, TX
  • Cpl Russell E. Metzger, North Highlands, CA
  • LCpl Thomas K. Emmons, Denver, CO
  • LCpl Frederick G. Lynch, Philadelphia, PA
  • LCpl Robert L. Nueku, Nanakuli, HI
  • Pfc Steven A. Church, Renton, WA
  • Pfc Ronnie E. Hall, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Pfc Fred H. Horton, Denver, CO
  • Pfc Alan C. Mulford, Seattle, WA
  • Pfc David L. Sabec, Vandalia, OH
  • Pfc Royce G. Scoggins, McKinney, TX

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 May 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009