Martin Angel RosalesPrivate First Class
H CO, 2ND BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
02 August 1946 - 10 September 1967
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The database page for Martin Angel Rosales
My name is Freddie Alvarez from Donna, Texas. I am also a former Marine, Vietnam Veteran and hometown boy from the same town where Martin was raised as a young boy.
Although Martin and I never met, I know very much about him.
I met his wonderful parents (Pascual and Augustina), brothers, and sisters. But, most of all, I know his lovely and beautiful wife, Celia A. Rosales, who continues to love and think about him every day of her life. Martin and Celia were married on December 22, 1966.
Martin was killed in action in Vietnam on her birthday, September 10, 1967. She has told me about his great dreams, hobbies, and habits, etc ... and I have enjoyed listening and sharing her lifetime memories about Martin.
In closing, Martin, Sir, you will never be forgotten and always will be our Marine hero, forever. Your memories will always remain alive, from your fellow-Marine, Freddie, and your nephews and nieces that you never met, your family members, Dominga, Beautrice, Margarita, Romalda, Santos, Yolanda, George, Timmy and Pascual Jr. and most of all your wife, Celia Angelita Rosales who will never forget you. God Bless you and RIP.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallOperation SWIFT was an unplanned response to a major attack on Delta 1/5 Marines' night defensive position in the Que Son Valley before dawn on 04 Sep 1967. Bravo 1/5 was dispatched from Que Son to assist Delta but was itself engaged before it could reach the Delta 1/5 position. Kilo and Mike 3/5 Marines, together with the 1/5 Command Group, were helo-lifted into position northeast of where Delta and Bravo 1/5 were engaged. By midafternoon, all four rifle companies were heavily engaged with what turned out to be a regimental-plus NVA force. India 3/5 was committed late in the day, and Delta 1/1 was brought in during the night of 04/05 Sep. On the morning of 05 Sep, the Marine line-up consisted of
07 Sept was spent in reorganization, resupply, and preparation for a deliberate sweep to contact planned for 09 Sep. Eleven Marine rifle companies were now in hand:
One exception was at Hill 43, which had been the scene of heavy fighting on 06 Sep. When a platoon from Hotel 2/5 approached Hill 43 on 10 Sep they found an NVA company had reoccupied the hill. Hotel 2/5, supported by heavy air and artillery strikes, took Hill 63 by storm but lost nine men in the effort:
Operation SWIFT was a Marine reaction to a well-planned and executed NVA incursion into the Que Son Valley. The Marines' flexibility and maneuverability and the availability of air and artillery support turned the tide. The NVA lost 540 confirmed dead and 47 POWs, and there was evidence that 600 or more bodies had been removed as the NVA withdrew.
Although SWIFT was a very decided win for the Marines, it came at a high price: 138 Marines and sailors killed in action, 368 evacuated with wounds.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 Dec 2006
Last updated 12/26/2006