Leonel Mendonca Silveira

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
13 April 1949 - 21 September 1969
New York, New York
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Navy Achievement Medal (Valor), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Leonel Mendonca Silveira

3 Feb 2001

In memory of my father,
Leo Silveira
("Portugal" to those he served with)

We never got to meet in person, so I miss you that much more. Thank you for watching over me - I know you must have been all my life now.

You are dearly missed and loved.

Your Son

22 Dec 2004

We started our Marine Corps tour together at Parris Island, Platoon 3008, October 1968. Young, strong and full of fire, we were going to get it done. I have been trying to find the rest of our platoon and slowly but assuredly I am getting there. I know you are in good company because God is about Blessing us because He loves us so. Say hi to Bruce Carter (MOH 8/7/69), D. W. Gill (11/12/69), Dennis Havelin and Dickie Hudson, who made it home but died later in life and the rest of the "Third Herd" who are standing "at ease" with you in Heaven. You guys are a part of a proud history but more importantly, you are in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved you forever. As for me, you'll always be in my heart and I will speak your name until we meet again.

Semper Fi!

Richard Y. Booker, Veteran, USMC
505 S. Third Street, Colwyn, Pa 19023

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 21 September 1969 Fire Support Base Russell, northwest of the Rockpile and just south of the DMZ, was being shut down. The fortifications and excess munitions were being prepared for destruction in place when an accidental explosion killed four men and wounded fifteen others. The four dead included LCpl Leonel M. Silveira, Pfc Grover Bowen , and two Vietnamese scouts. One of the wounded, Pfc James W. Jackson , was evacuated with the other wounded to the US military hospital at Quang Tri City - where he simply and inexplicably disappeared.

LCpl Silveira and Pfc Bowen are remembered by their brothers-in-arms on the
"Thundering Third" Memorial

In his Addendum Mr. Booker names two other Marines who died in Vietnam. They are
  • LCpl Donald W. Gill, Alexandria, VA, died of wounds 11/12/1969; Alpha 1/5
  • Pfc Bruce W. Carter, Miami Springs, FL, killed in action 08/07/1969; Hotel 2/3 (Medal of Honor)

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