The database page for Anthony Gilbert Maldonado
Anthony, that day 37 years ago seems like only yesterday. The terrible battle that began before daybreak and ended just after dark took many of our brothers' lives. It also took the hearts of many loved ones who waited for your return. It was not to be. For many years the survivors ask the question "Why not us"? The answer is in God's heart never to be known by any of us as long as we live on the earth. What we do know is that because of the sacrifices you and the others made for us we returned safely, although a piece of our heart was left there after each loss of our brothers occured.
We want each of you - Larry Clemons, Cal Courtemanche, Dennis Cunnane, Charles Gregory, Charles Hampton, Dubois Jones and Robert Whitley - to know we have not and will not ever forget or let others forget you and your deeds. We ask that the Lord will grant your loved ones who remain behind the peace only HE can bestow. We all look forward until the day each of us is together in our Father's home where you reside this day. Rest well, Anthony, and give our love to the others as well.
A Note from The Virtual WallIn late 1967, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, and reinforcing elements formed Battalion Landing Team 3/1 embarked in the amphibious warfare ships of Task Force 76.5 [(USS Valley Forge (LPH 8), USS Navarro (APA 215), USS Alamo (LSD 33), USS Whetstone (LSD 27), and USS Vernon County (LST 1161)]. BLT 3/1 provided an amphibious and airmobile ready reserve force for the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force and found themselves heavily committed during the TET 68 offensive.
During operations ashore between 25 Jan and 08 Feb 1968, the 3/1 Marines lost at least 42 men; of these, not less than thirteen were Mike Company casualties:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009