Delma Lee ReedCorporal
B CO, 1ST BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
24 October 1944 - 02 July 1967
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The database page for Delma Lee Reed
Delma Lee Reed was born in Sweetwater, Texas. It was the nearest hospital to the small West Texas community of Trent. He was a life time resident and loved the community. He had plans to return and go to work there. Trent is in Taylor County (Abilene) on Interstate 20. Delma was well liked and and was a hard working young man with a strong work ethic. His mother, Mrs. Ruth Riney, now of Merkel, Texas, wrote in a letter, "Delma worked after school fixing flats for 35 cents apiece. His friends poked fun at him and he would respond that he had 35 cents and they had nothing. Yet, when they would want to ride with him to go to another town, Delma would respond that the price of the ride is 35 cents."
He graduated in 1963 from Trent High School, he lettered three years and was the starting center on the football team for two years. After graduation he married his high school sweetheart, the former Barbara McElhaney of Trent.
As he knew he had a service obligation to his country, he elected to join the Marine Corps, he wanted to be in the best according to his mother.
He was killed while on patrol on July 2, 1967. He had only rejoined his unit a few weeks before as he had been convalescing from a wound that he had suffered Christmas Eve 1966.
At his funeral at the First Baptist Church in Trent, there was standing room only, and people were waiting outside. The people of Trent had canvassed the area towns to locate minature American flags which lined the pathway to his final resting place at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater.
He is remembered on the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.
From a PBVVM representative,
A Note from The Virtual WallAt 10 AM on 2 July 1967, Bravo Company 1/9 Marines were on patrol about 1 and 1/2 miles northeast of Con Thien when they made contact with what they thought was a small, well-entrenched enemy unit. Alpha 1/9, also on patrol nearby, came to help, and the two understrength companies found themselves in a meat grinder - the small enemy force turned out to be 5 NVA battalions that had crossed the DMZ. Even worse, the NVA troops were supported by artillery firing from within and north of the DMZ. By midafternoon, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, had been inserted by helicopter on the enemy's left flank and the massive weight of U. S. air and artillery support was taking its toll on the NVA. By evening the NVA had broken contact, withdrawing into the DMZ. By that time Bravo 1/9 had been destroyed as a fighting force - Bravo 1/9, understrength to begin with, had 58 men killed in action. Alpha 1/9 had 13 killed in action, and H&S Company 15 - including eight Corpsmen.
Delma Reed's first cousin (his maternal aunt's son) PFC Robert E. Lackey of Mount Laguna, California, was one of two men from Alpha Company 1/327th Infantry killed in action on 11 Dec 1968 in Thua Thien Province.
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
29 May 2005
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 05/29/2005