Alan Lee MatthewsLance Corporal
HQ BTRY, 4TH BN, 11TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
17 March 1947 - 02 September 1967
Palos Verdes, California
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I am painfully aware of the unfortunate bond which I will forever share with Cpl Jay D. Johnson, Medford, Oregon, and with LCpl Alan L. Matthews, Palos Verdes, Califonia, and with their families and friends and batterymates. Unbeknownst to us survivors, we were all wounded with the news of these deaths, at the same devastating time, but in many different locations.
I can only imagine that my brother Nick, who was killed with them at the same time, and all of their squad, families and friends would want to respectfully acknowledge our shared grief and continued caring for these men and for their loved ones.
I am enclosing a letter from the U. S. Navy Chaplain who performed the Memorial Service at 1100 on Sept. 5, 1967 for my brother Nick, and for Jay, and for Alan - with their comrades all in attendance.
After 36+ years of separation, may we finally be together now in our grief and in our memories, by reading exactly what their Chaplain wrote in the letter below. I offer all of you my heartfelt love and sympathy.
And to these three Marines who died together, and to their squad, my thoughts of love and longing are with you more than you'll ever know.
From Nick Wagman's sister,
I shall always remember the night you died, thirty nine years ago today. I have relived it some thousand times in my mind. Formerly 4th Bn. 11th Marines, 1967-68 Vietnam.
From a battery-mate,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 4th Bn, 11th Marines' Command Chronology for September 1967 reports that a provisional Battery "N" was established to provide artillery for the 1st Marine Division's counter-rocket fire plan. Battery "N" was emplaced along Highway 545 at the northern foot of Hill 306, about 10 kilometers west of Danang City. The Chronology further reports that
"Headquarters Battery furnished two squads of security troops to Battery "N" 1-9 September 1967. On 020020H Battery "N" received mortar fire and infiltration of VC with satchel charges, 3 USMC (KIA) 3 USMC (WIA). Casualties were all from Headquarters Battery security squads.The three Marines killed in the attack were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Dec 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009