Joe Louis Lockhart McGill

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
24 August 1946 - 09 May 1968
Shelby, North Carolina
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joe Louis Lockhart McGill

01 Aug 2005

Who didn't like Joe? How could anyone who knew him not love the guy? Always smiling and making us laugh. Always a word to ease the tension. Our whole unit was devastated by the news that he'd been hit. As I recall, he never had the chance to see his baby daughter. He was a true friend.

From a friend and brother-in-arms,
Jud Parker
E-mail address is not available.

01 Mar 2006

Anyone reading this memorial who served with Joe,
please contact me.

From his best friend and brother-in-law,
Billy Alexander

20 Mar 2008

I served with Joe in the mortar section of Mike Co 3/26. This photo is supplied by his family.

From a friend and fellow Marine,
James P. Sigman

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Mike 3/26th lost four men on 09 May 1968:
  • Cpl Sidney B. MacLeod, McLean, VA
  • LCpl Stephen D. McGee, Mishawaka, IN (Silver Star)
  • LCpl Joe L. McGill, Shelby, NC
  • LCpl Philip G. Wigton, Omaha, NE
On 26 December 1967 the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, took responsibility for garrisoning Hill 881 South, one of the several peaks which surrounded the Khe Sanh Combat Base. 3/26 stayed on Hill 881S throughout the siege of Khe Sanh; they didn't leave 881S until 18 April 1968. During this period of bitter, bloody fighting 3/26 had 82 men killed in action and hundreds more wounded.

Corporal MacLeod and Lance Corporals McGee, McGill, and Wigton all served on Hill 881S and went with Mike Company when 3/26 was withdrawn to the Quang Tri City area ... but that area had its own problems, and 3/26 was afforded little time before beginning combat operations anew. The four men were killed in a patrol action about 4 kilometers southwest of Quang Tri Airfield.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 01 Aug 2005
Last updated 08/10/2009