Francis Ivan Toops

United States Marine Corps
22 November 1942 - 08 October 1965
Logan, Ohio
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Francis Ivan Toops

09 May 2001

"Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank,
but in simple obedience to duty,
as they understood it."
Confederate Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery

A memorial initiated by a friend of his and his brothers and sisters,
Thomas M Shuttleworth
11 Feb 2005


by a USMC buddy and platoon member,
Joe Laplante
Corporal, USMC (Ret)

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Two men from Bravo 1/9 Marines died on 08 Oct 1965,
  • Cpl Francis I. Toops and
  • LCpl Ronald K. Ash of Laurelville, Ohio.
Both men had been wounded previously. The 1/9 Marines Command Chronologies for September and October 1965 identify the circumstances for both men.

On 16 Sep two LVTs (amphibious tractors) were enroute to pick up Marines from Bravo 1/9 for a sweep action. LVTP5 B-26, from Bravo 1st AMTRACS, struck a mine, killing one and wounding three crewmen. The three wounded were taken to the Bravo 1/9 position and medevaced from there. Bravo 1/9 then provided a detail from its 3rd Platoon to guard the damaged tractor pending recovery operations. A second mine was detonated, wounding four men - three from Bravo 1/9 and one from Bravo 1st AMTRACS. The four were medevaced from the site. The three Bravo 1/9 Marines were

  • Cpl F. I. Toops, died of wounds 08 Oct 1965.
  • LCpl D. J. Tanner, WIA
  • PFC H. C. Gregnia, WIA
The 1st AMTRAC Bn Command Chronology for Sep 1965 identifies the five Marines from Bravo 1st AMTRACS involved in the two explosions:
  • Cpl F. V. Labrador, Jr., WIA
  • LCpl E. Boullion, WIA, died of wounds 29 Sep 65
  • LCpl T. Briggs, WIA
  • LCpl G. R. Kinney, Jr., WIA
  • Pfc David D. Case, KIA

1/9's October Chronology reports that a returning Bravo 1/9 patrol was taken under sniper fire at about 0700 02 October, with one Marine seriously wounded. The S-1 (Administration) log identifies Lance Corporal Ash as the Marines who was wounded and evacuated.

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