James Arthur RandallPrivate First Class
2ND PLT, M CO, 3RD BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
24 April 1946 - 30 April 1967
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The database page for James Arthur Randall
REMEMBEREDby a friend.
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From all reputable first hand accounts the fallen Marine depicted by the memorial statue is our M/3/3/3 brother James Arthur Randall who was KIA 4/30/67 at Hill 881s. Cpl Donald Hossack is the radionman figure kneeling over him and looking skyward for the medevac helicopter or for devine intervention. All reasonable attempts to find James Randall's parents and widow have failed to date. He will be remembered by many of his cohorts. He was joined by over two dozen of his fellow Mike Company Marines that day. A description of the fighting can be found
If anyone knows of any surviving relatives... please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are in contact with many of the men who served with James and would like to share memories of him with them.
From the co-founder of www.thirdmarines.net.
Notes from The Virtual WallThe "hill battles" around the combat base at Khe Sanh began in early 1967 and reached a crescendo in late April. The North Vietnamese commanders, remembering the victory over the French at Dien Bien Phu, decided that it could be replicated at Khe Sanh, and to that end positioned large numbers of North Vietnamese regulars in the mountains surrounding Khe Sanh - particularly on the high ground.
On 16 March 1967, Echo Company 2/9 Marines lost 18 Marines in an engagement; airborne FACs were reporting "an alarming buildup of fortifications and NVA activity on the hills overlooking the base"; and USMC Force Recon and Army Special Forces patrols reported similar build-ups in the area. However, the Khe Sanh base commander was convinced there was little or no NVA presence or activity.
On 24 April two platoons from Bravo 1/9 Marines were directed to recon a cave area on Hill 861. As the two platoons moved up the hill they were engaged by an NVA battalion holding the high ground - and lost 14 men in heavy fighting. The "hill battles" for Hills 881 North, 881 South, and 861 had begun in earnest.
On the 25th additional Marines were fed by Company into the increasingly fierce battle, a tactic permitted only by the commander's belief that the opposition consisted of a relatively few NVA troops who admittedly held excellent defensive positions. By day's end, four Marine companies were engaged - Bravo l/9, Kilo 3/3, Echo 2/9, and Kilo 3/9 - opposed by a North Vietnamese Army regiment which had placed a battalion of NVA regulars on each of the three hilltops.
By the 26th it was clear the NVA was present in force and intended to fight. The Commanding General, 3rd Marine Division, introduced the Special Landing Force (BLT 2/3) as reinforcements and later in the day replaced the tattered Bravo 1/9 with Mike 3/9 and Mike 3/3.
Hill 861 was taken on the 28th, and attention given to assaults on Hills 881 North and 881 South. Mike 3/9 lead the way, developing a heavy engagement on the hillside. Mike 3/3 moved around Mike 3/9's flank toward Hill 881 South, settling into a night defensive position northeast of the hill. During the 29th and the night of 29/30 April, the NVA commander inserted the fresh 95th NVA Regiment onto Hills 881 South and 881 North while withdrawing the shattered 18th NVA Regiment.
Thus, on the morning of 30 April fresh NVA troops occupied excellent defensive positions on the two hills, while battered Marines were on the low ground facing an up-hill assault. Mike 3/3 began their assault on Hill 881 South at 0800. The NVA defenders allowed two platoons to pass through their defensive positions and then opened up, trapping the Marines between two fires and initiating a six hour battle for the hilltop.
At day's end, the NVA withdrew from Hill 881 South, leaving over a hundred dead behind - but the Marines had lost 44 men with another 109 wounded. Mike 3/3 took the heaviest loss with 27 dead -
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Nov 2001
Last updated 06/24/2006