Jettie Rivers, JrSecond Lieutenant
D CO, 1ST BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
09 November 1932 - 06 July 1967
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The database page for Jettie Rivers, Jr
First Sergeant Rivers was killed with Captain R. J. Sasek on 06 July 1967 at Con Thien, RVN, by the same enemy incoming fire.
C. B. Clement
The photo was taken from The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 1970.
SEMPER FIDELIS, SIR!
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Many stories have been told of First Sergeant Rivers and I have been privileged to hear them. His men speak well of him.
We were fortunate to be on a float from September 1966 to January 1967 so men got to know each other. Lt Dave Morgan, the Forward Air Control officer and a fighter pilot, tells of the two of them walking a sweep and the First Sgt took out a position. Neither one of them belonged out there, but that was the way they both were.
First Sergeants were normally in the rear with the gear but "Top" Rivers did not want to be in the rear and he put two college kids in charge of the office.
He was promoted to Second Lieutenant before he died, but it was not signed until after he died. The Navy Secretary who signed it did not know he was dead. His secretary never told him about it either.
His wife lives around Chicago or did a few years ago.
He was First Sergeant of Delta Company which took the first knocks up on the DMZ.
I remember sitting on a perimeter and the NVA just walked mortars in on Delta and the mortar unit. This was 21 March 1967 near Con Thien.
They were the first into Phu An on 5 March 1967 and hit heavy resistance and took ten or more casualties. I remember Captain William Keys and Gunny Baldwin standing in the middle of the men laid out in their ponchos.
Captain Keys had a sad look in his eyes that seems to of never gone away.
From The Virtual Wall:
The fight at Phu An, 05 March 1967, involved both Charlie and Delta 1/9 and cost the Marines at least eleven men killed in action:
Notes from The Virtual WallOn the morning of 2 July 1967, two undermanned companies from the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, were ambushed in the shadow of Vietnam's DMZ by a regiment of the North Vietnamese Army. The location also was in the shadow of the Marine hill-top outpost at Con Thien, where the 1/9 Marines battalion headquarters was located. At the time, Delta 1/9 Marines had just taken over defense of the hilltop. The initial ambush escalated into a full-fledged battle as additional Marine and NVA forces were inserted.
In an unusual move, the NVA used coordinated artillery fire from within and north of the DMZ in an effort to cordon off the battlefield, thereby preventing or reducing Marine reinforcements. Much of the artillery was concentrated on the Con Thien outpost. On 06 July 1967 members of the Delta Company command group were standing just outside their bunker on the northward-facing slope of the hill. An enemy 105mm shell impacted a few feet away, killing the Commanding Officer, his First Sergeant, and three others:
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C. B. Clement
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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