Edward Lawrence TowsleePrivate First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
17 February 1948 - 04 April 1968
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From his nephew,
A Note from The Virtual WallOperation 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:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Nov 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009