Terrence MoranPrivate First Class
F CO, 2ND BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
19 May 1948 - 19 September 1968
New York, New York
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The database page for Terrence Moran
REMEMBEREDby his comrades in arms from
VVA Chapter 421
From another Vietnam veteran,
A note from The Virtual Wall:
Lance Corporal John L. Krol
Terry was a great friend. He wanted me and Johnny to join with him ... we wanted to but our parents wouldn't let us. Terry has been in my thoughts all these years. I feel sad when I think of him. But when I think of him I also smile. He was everthing a man should be. He was great looking ... all the girls wanted to go with him. We had lots of laughs and some adventures. I saw the Moving Wall in California and I looked for his name. When I saw it I started to cry. I never knew his family but I alwys wanted to let them know how much Terry ment to everyone. I always wonder if I had joined with him if I might have been able to save him. I know he's with God and he's smiling that big smile he had right now. It's been a long time but I can still see him as if he was here. He will always be in my heart and prayers.
PFC Terrence Moran and I were friends in Vietnam. We were Marines in Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV.
In June 1968, I met PFC Moran in Subic Bay, Philippines, when I joined Fox Company. We completed several weeks of Jungle Warfare training, boarded the USS OGDEN and we headed for SE Asia via the South China Sea. Fox 2/7 was now on the Battalion Float Phase, and little did we know that we were sailing straight into hell.
Terrence Moran was born in New York, New York, on May 19, 1948 and was only 20 years and 4 months old when he was killed in action. PFC Moran had been in Vietnam for 10 months, and had already participated in numerous major combat operations with Fox 2/7 before he was killed.
PFC Moran showed extraordinary heroism on September 19, 1968, during Operation Mameluke Thrust, also known as Operation Dodge City. Fox Company was conducting a reconnaissance in force in Quang Nam Province when we encountered a large enemy force employing heavy automatic weapons and accurate sniper fire which pinned down elements for Fox Company and caused numberous casualties and many more Marines were wounded in action. Disregarding his own safety, he fearlessly exposed himself to the intense hostile fire where he succumbed to his bullet wounds.
PFC Moran's bold initiative and heroic efforts inspired all who observed him and contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of Fox Company's mission. By his courage, sincere concern for the welfare of his fellow Marines and unwavering devotion to duty, PFC Moran upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
The following Fox 2/7 Marines died with PFC Moran: Cpl Thomas J. Cavanaugh; Sgt Raymond T. Conway; PFC Michael A. Figueroa; PFC James D. Kelley; LCpl John L. Krol; LCpl Mark A. Knollmeyer; PFC Peter D. Matarazzo; PFC Gary E. Noles; Pvt Francis S. Rhoades; LCpl Roy W. Rich; LCpl Pedro S. Rodriques; Cpl Edgar A. Smith; PFC Mark L. Triplett; and LCpl Philip J. Wadja.
PFC Moran and LCpl John L. Krol were both from Staten Island, New York.
Terry, you will never be forgotten. You gave the supreme sacrifice for your country. You served the Corps honorably and died gallantly in battle.
God Bless and Semper Fi
From a friend in Fox 2/7,
Terry Moran also served with India 3/7 before he was with 2/7. My first night in a bunker at An Hoa was spent with him. We were both from New York state and clicked. He filled me with all kinds of scoop on the Nam ... really took me under his wings as much as possible. He was transfered to another unit and when I saw him again in Danang, he was driving a 6-by and happy as can be. I found his name on the Wall and was shook up pretty bad because I truly thought he had made it back. A great guy, great friend, and tremendous Marine. If any of his family would like more stories about him in Nam, please contact me. Gos bless,
From a fellow Marine and friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 19 Sep 1968 sixteen men from 2/7 Marines were killed in action north of the La Tho River in what was known as the "Dodge City" sector north of the Go Noi Island area:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 9 Aug 2002
Last updated 08/10/2009