Thomas Howard RetschulteLance Corporal
2ND PLT, C CO, 3RD RECON BN, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
07 February 1947 - 21 January 1968
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The database page for Thomas Howard Retschulte
July 6-8, 2007 the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall was in Susanville, California. A photograph of the Wall taken by Terry Chapman, Historian for American Legion Post #204, late at night showed the name THOMAS H. RETSCHULTE. Realizing that there was no memorial page on behalf of this fallen hero I have decided to honor him by creating one.
Further research on behalf of LCPL Retschulte indicated that he and 4 others of C Co, 3rd Recon Bn team "LITTLE GULL" lost their lives on 21 Jan 1968.
To LCPL Retschulte, the 4 other team members of "LITTLE GULL" and to all who are honored upon the Vietnam Veterans Mermorial Wall - YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. God bless you all.
From a fellow Vietnam Veteran,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe post-patrol report for Recon Team LITTLE GULL (2nd Plt, C Company), submitted by message as 3rd Recon Bn 221519Z JAN 68, is contained in the 3rd Recon Bn's Jan 1968 Command Chronology. It states the patrol was made up of nine men, 8 US and one Vietnamese Kit Carson scout, and began its move into its operating area on foot on 15 Jan 1968. Their mission was to determine enemy activity, plot prospective landing zones, and prosecute the enemy using air and/or artillery. The operating area was in the vicinity of Hill 484, about 14 kilometers north-northwest of the Ca Lu Airfield and 23 kilometers north-northeast of the Khe Sanh combat base. After extraction the team's surviving members were debriefed by Captain G. W. O'Dell, who prepared the report quoted below:
"5. Observation of enemy and terrain.The body of the Chronology contains a summary (page 11) which reads
"During the initial firefight 5 USMC were KIA and 1 WIA. Two men (1 WIA) managed to break contact and evade until picked up by helicopter. An attached Kit Carson scout was captured by the NVA and taken to their harbor site. During the evening he managed to loosen his bonds, overpower his guard, and evaded back to friendly lines. He related that enemy KIAs numbered 15."There are two discrepancies between the reports quoted above and the casualty database:
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a fellow Vietnam Veteran,
Bruce D. Dyer, USN
MACV, Saigon 69-70
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Jul 2007
Last updated 07/31/2007