Edward Lawrence Towslee

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
17 February 1948 - 04 April 1968
Akron, Ohio
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Edward Lawrence Towslee

18 Nov 2007

Your family and friends miss you honor and love you.

From his nephew,
Joe Cramer

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Operation PEGASUS, intended to break the siege of the Khe Sanh Combat Base, began on 04 Apr 1968. The 1st Battalion, 9th Marines (less B Company) was ordered to leave the combat base, assault, capture, and occupy Hills 471 and 552 overlooking Khe Sanh. Alpha 1/9, reinforced with elements from H&S Company, had been assigned responsibility for assaulting Hill 471. The Marines did as ordered, taking all assigned objectives by nightfall on 04 April. Once Hill 471 had been taken, C Company, previously in reserve, moved up and established a defensive perimeter on the east side of the hill. Meanwhile, D Company had encountered only token resistance while taking Hill 552. Heavy fighting continued through the 5th as the North Vietnamese counter-attacked in an effort to force the Marines from the hilltops, but the Marines held their positions. On 06 April 1/9 was relieved on Hills 471 and 552 by troops from the Army's 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry, who were airlifted into position. 1/9 displaced on foot to a position about 1 kilometer distant from Hill 471, establishing a night defensive position by about 2100.

Twelve Marines were killed in action on Hill 471:

  • D Btry, 2nd Bn, 12th Marines
    • Pfc Dennis Smith, Bayonne, NJ (F/O team with A/1/9)

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marines
    • LCpl James O. Holloway, Newark, NJ (Silver Star)
    • LCpl Brian V. Lindberg, Dunnell, MN
    • Pfc Robert M. Jacob, Bristol, CT
    • Pfc Timothy J. Nightengale, Buffalo, NY
    • Pfc Edward L. Towslee, Akron, OH

  • C Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marines
  • H&S Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marines
    • Capt Walter C. Jones, Garden City, NY
    • LCpl Charles C. Miller, Mount Pleasant, IA
    • Pfc Ronald T. Cavazos, Detroit, MI
    • Pfc Steven L. Sparks, Columbus, OH
The fights for Hill 471 might have cost a 13th casualty - LCpl Walter M. Ostapchuk, assigned to Alpha 1/9, died of wounds on 05 April - but The Virtual Wall cannot determine if he was wounded at Hill 471 or in an earlier engagement.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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