Victor TarasukLance Corporal
A CO, 1ST ANTITANK BN, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
22 September 1946 - 22 December 1966
Rachel, West Virginia
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The database page for Victor Tarasuk
Vic was a childhood friend from a small coal camp in West Virginia. He was the first friend to die in Viet Nam and the first to put a human face on the war statistics for me. This gorgeous, dark haired young man (only 20 years old)was enjoying the Bob Hope Christmas show when he was killed. This was the story, as I remember it. After 40 years, I am thinking about friends and hoping others also remember them with affection and appreciation for the sacrifices they made. Please, if anyone has pictures, or memories of Vic to add to this site, do so. No one should be faceless or just another statistic. These folks on the Wall had lives which deserve to be remembered. Rest in peace, dear Vic.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 1st AntiTank Battalion Command Chronology contains the following entry for 22 December 1966:
"22 December: A-34 hit an unknown type land mine at BT 011568 resulting in 1 KIA, 4 WIA. Vehicle sustained total damage. KIA: TARASUK, V LCpl 2200661. WIAs: PANDAVELA, J. S. SSgt 1660221; BEDFORD, C. E. PFC 2276889; PALMER, G. J. LCpl 2201719; ROMANCHUK, M. LCpl 2121234 DoW on 26Dec66."
"A-34" was an M-50 ONTOS, a tracked antitank vehicle which mounted six 106mm recoilless rifles and a heavy machine gun.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Dec 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009