Royce Glenn Scoggins

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
02 October 1947 - 05 March 1966
Mc Kinney, Texas
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Royce G Scoggins

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Royce Glenn Scoggins

3 May 2004

Royce was a good kid from my hometown of McKinney, Texas, and joined the Marine Corps at the age of seventeen. He was a good Marine and died at his position manning an M60 machine gun during the first battle in which Marines went up against the North Vietnamese Army during Operation Utah just north of Quang Ngai City. It was one hell of a fight and Royce died with honor.

From one Marine to another, Semper Fi, my brother. Til we meet again.

Ronnie D. Foster
P O Box 603, McKinney, Texas 75070

6 Aug 2004

Royce was a mighty fine brother. I know because I was his oldest brother. His other brother and I were almost inseparable while we were growing up on the farm near Gunter, Savoy, Tioga, and Collinsville, all in Texas. We worked hard and played harder. I guess there was nothing we didn't do or try as kids. We all helped raise our baby sister and our half brother and sister, while our mom worked two jobs just to keep us fed.

Royce was extremely slow to anger, but when he did, someone was in real trouble. He was also a champion for the underdog. I have seen more than one kid get whipped for picking on another kid. He was never a very big person, physically, but even though I was 4 years his senior, I knew better than to make him mad.

From his brother,
Sam Scoggins
1105 Sandpiper, Denton, Texas, 76205

18 Nov 2006

Royce was my nephew, the son of my sister, Eula Mae. He was a cotton top little kid with loads of freckles. He was very quiet and never had much to say. He did enjoy playing with kids and was always such a nice little guy. He grew into a caring man and served our country in a noble way. I will always miss and love him. He and others like him, are why we have the freedoms we still enjoy. He was taken from this life at an early age, much too young to face death. May God let him rest in peace.

From his aunt,
Elsie Primm
3115 Royal Gable Dr, Dallas, Texas 75229

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, lost 38 men killed in action in the fighting on 5 March 1966; eleven of them were from India 3/1:
  • Sgt Robert Brown, Plaquemine, LA
  • Cpl Leland F. Dixon, Whistler, AL
  • Cpl Roy Gonzales, San Antonio, TX
  • LCpl Thomas K. Emmons, Denver, CO
  • LCpl Frederick G. Lynch, Philadelphia, PA
  • LCpl Robert L. Nueku, Nanakuli, HI
  • Pfc Steven A. Church, Renton, WA
  • Pfc Fred H. Horton, Denver, CO
  • Pfc Alan C. Mulford, Seattle, WA
  • Pfc David L. Sabec, Vandalia, OH
  • Pfc Royce G. Scoggins, McKinney, TX
Royce Scoggins was staying with his father in McKinney, Texas, when he enlisted at the age of 17. The military "Home of Record" is the place where someone enters the military and frequently differs from the person's actual place of permanent residence. Pfc Scoggins' permanent residence was Tioga, Texas.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 3 May 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009