Gene Leander Twehous

United States Navy
01 January 1948 - 17 September 1967
Fremont, Nebraska
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USN Fleet Marine Corpsman

Purple Heart (2 awards), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Gene Twehous

The database page for Gene Leander Twehous

07 Dec 2000

Gene Twehous was just a simple 19 year old kid. Barely out of high school. Liked by everyone who knew him. The type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back.

Gene was trained as a Hospital Corpman and assigned to duty with the Marines as a combat medic. He was killed during an ambush.

Walter R. Love
U S Army
Vietnam 67/68

01 March 2001

If you are able to include this photograph on Gene's page, it would be most appreciated by myself and many others who knew this absolutely great, totally cool guy we called "The Bird".

As a Fleet Marine Corpsman, Hospitalman Gene Twehous saved others' lives and had already been wounded (earning him the Purple Heart Medal) before he rejoined his platoon and went back into the bush.

In 1967, while accompanying his platoon across a stream swept by heavy enemy sniper fire, Hospitalman Gene Twehous was fatally wounded after ensuring that all his comrades had made the crossing safely.

Charley Brugh

4,563 Navy Corpsmen,
most serving with Marine infantry units,
received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
692 of those Corpsmen died in Vietnam.

"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --

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