Richard Aaron SkinnerPrivate
A CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
23 November 1945 - 10 August 1966
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This is my brother, I was 14 when he was killed. I look at things much differently now than I did as a teenager. Life moves on and we have to move on with it....
Marilyn Skinner Dayton
A Note from The Virtual WallAt about 1100 on 10 August 1966, during OPERATION COLORADO, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, made contact with elements of two NVA battalions near the village of Cam Khe about 8 kilometers west of Tam Ky. The initial contact developed into a full-fledged battle fought in a driving rainstorm which did not clear until about 1730. Although VMO-6 provided armed Huey support, and both shore-based artillery and naval gunfire supported the Marines, fixed-wing aircraft were unable to operate in the area until the rainstorm broke. The 1/5 Marines suffered 16 men killed in action with another 65 wounded (one of whom died the following day) but killed more than 100 NVA troops before the battle ended.
The Marines and sailors who died in the fight were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 04 Apr 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009