Andrew Charles RackowHospital Corpsman 2nd Class
H&S CO, 2ND BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Navy
26 October 1947 - 06 August 1968
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Andrew Rackow - Andy - was our brother.
He wanted to be a Navy doctor but was sidetracked by the conflict in Southeast Asia. The terrible effects of the war bothered him and so, in 1966, he interrupted his studies at Penn State University and enlisted as a hospital corpsman. He soon attained the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. His unit was assigned to duty in Vietnam attached to the Marines. For many months Andy's outfit was in the thick of some of the heaviest fighting of the war.
In August, 1968, he fell in the line of duty.
Shortly after Andy's death, our parents received a letter from one of his buddies. Excerpts from that truly remarkable, comforting note bear witness to Andy's courage and the kind of person he was.
Andy's bravery in action was recognized, as well, by his superior officers. He was awarded the Silver Star, one of the highest medals awarded by the Navy.
Andy was our brother but, in a sense, he and all the other brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country belong to all America. We would give anything to be able to tell him how proud we are of him. We may not all agree with everything our country is, but it is this country that gives us the very freedom we have to disagree - and the opportunity to make things better. And it has always been men and women like Andy who have preserved the gift of those freedoms.
We are forever proud of and in debt to Andy. We miss him.
From his brothers,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 06 Aug 1968 Fox and Golf Companies, 2/5 Marines, engaged an NVA company about two kilometers southeast of the Liberty Bridge. When the enemy withdrew they left 23 bodies on the battlefield - but two Marines and one sailor died as well:
"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business
than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 02 Apr 2008
Last updated 04/20/2008