George Lee Silva

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
11 June 1948 - 23 February 1969
Nice, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for George Lee Silva

25 May 2002

George is remembered by his mother and father, Joe and Jean Silva, and his only sister, Elizabeth Silva Breeze. He was and still is in all of our hearts and is remembered and missed by many friends and family.

We will always love him ...
my grandmother misses him dearly.

A memorial initiated by his niece,
Lila Brown-Soliz
24 Aug 2002

It's been 33 1/2 years, buddy. Holbrook, Sergeant Mescher, Giangroso and I are trying to get together next month. I wish you were there to join us, brother. I remember how you and I ate that Gallo Salami my Mom sent us from San Francisco the day before we got hit. Us Nor-Cal boys had to stick together... Gotta go now, 'Gunner'.

E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

From the 3/7 Marines Command Chronology for February 1969:
"During the period 22-28 February 1969 the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines was engaged in heavy contact with NVA forces throughout the [Tactical Area of Responsibility]. This contact was in conjunction with the enemy TET offensive." ...

"At 1430 on 23 February 1969 a squad patrol from Co L was taken under fire by an unknown size enemy force in vicinity AT900705. The patrol returned fire resulting in 01 NVA KIA. The patrol regrouped with the remaining elements of the platoon and continued in close contact with the enemy for the remainder of the day accounting for 06 NVA KIA and 01 AK47 captured.

"On the morning of 24 February, after an extensive air and artillery prep, elements form Co L, 3/7 moved out in the attack. Again they encountered heavy S/A's and automatic weapons fire. At this point Co L's Command Group and one platoon from Co L reinforced the unit. Further air strikes were called on the enemy emplacements and Co L set in for the night.

"The next morning, 25 February 1969, Co L commenced their push in vicinity AT899704. They immediately became engaged with a well entrenched enemy force killing 09 NVA ... The contact continued for the remainder of the day..."

Fourteen men from Lima 3/7, including the Company Commander, were killed in action during the engagements outlined above:

  • 23 Feb 1969:
  • 24 Feb 1969:
    • Capt James K. Hall, San Francisco, CA
    • LCpl Wayne L. Thomas, Fort Worth, TX
    • Pfc Michael B. Duffy, Spokane, WA
    • Pfc Tommy Johnson, Fitzgerald, GA
    • Pfc Garold R. Simmers, Rock Hill, SC
    • Pfc Gary W. Smith, Fort Atkinson, WI

  • 25 Feb 1969:
    • Pfc Lawrence G. Donaldson, Ligonier, PA

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 May 2002
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