Robert Lee Scofield

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
10 December 1946 - 18 August 1965
Bedford, Indiana
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Robert L Scofield

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Lee Scofield

27 Feb 2003

Robert L Scofield
Photo courtesy of Richard Young

Dearly beloved son,
who will always be missed, of
Alva Burl and Nadine Marie Scofield
and brother of sisters
Norma Jean, Peggy Mae, and Nancy Kay.

Placed by his mother,
Nadine Marie (Emery) Scofield
2020 Plaza Drive #114, Bedford, Indiana 47421

07 Mar 2003

In loving memory of my brother. Never gone, never forgotten.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 18 August 1965, elements of the 3rd and 4th Marines made simultaneous amphibious and airborne assaults in an area about 10 miles south of Chu Lai. The purpose of OPERATION STARLITE was to cut off and destroy the 1st VC Regiment (60th Bn, 80th Bn, 52nd VC Co, and a Weapons Company).

The landings met only light resistance but heavy fighting broke out as the Marines deployed from the LZs. When night fell the VC withdrew, leaving a rear guard and over 100 dead behind. Fifty-one Marines and sailors died as a result of the fighting on 18 and 19 August. The 3/3 Marines lost 16 men on the 18th:

  • I Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines
    • Capt Bruce D. Webb, Wheaton, IL (Navy Cross)
    • Sgt Robert F. Batson, Houston, TX
    • Sgt Peter C. Towne, Morris, CT
    • Cpl David J. Thomas, Dallas, TX
    • HA Thomas R. Brand, Allen Park, MI
    • LCpl Francis J. Delmark, Salt Lake City, UT
    • LCpl Merlin E. Marquardt, Fort Wayne, IN
    • LCpl Jon D. Vannatta, Richmond, IN
    • Pfc Ollie R. Cotten, Sand Lake, MI
    • Pfc John L. Jemison, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Pfc Edward Kopec, Chicago, IL
    • Pfc Gilbert R. Nickerson, Racine, WI

  • K Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines
    • Sgt Frank H. Blank, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Pfc Floyd E. Doades, Decatur, IN

  • L Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines
    • Sgt Robert Taglione, Detroit, MI
    • Pfc Robert L. Scofield, Bedford, IN

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Feb 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009