Theodore D. Van Staveren
Theodore D Van StaverenLance Corporal
RADIO RELAY & CONST CO, 7TH COMM BN, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
30 November 1948 - 10 April 1968
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Before Theo went to Vietnam, he was stationed at the Marine Base in San Diego and we lived in La Mirada, California. We used to visit him there and we also brought him to our home. Our small children enjoyed his visits with us.
From his then-sister-in-law,
I graduated basic training with Ted in 1967.
This same photo is also in my graduation book. He was a great guy with a friendly smile and like all of us was young and eager to serve our country.
Though we were in Viet Nam at different times his picture on this site and memories of boot camp bring sadness and reality to me in my current day struggles to make sense of it all.
Perhaps Ted's lesson and message to me is that there was a cause and we both wanted to serve regardless of the final outcome or the criticism for what we took on as young patriots.
From a Marine brother,
09 Jul 2007
I knew Ted in Salt Lake City, Utah and we both were in Platoon #165 C in San Diego basic training after enlisting on a delayed entry program in Utah.
Theo was more than likeable and had a calmness about him even during the physically and mentally gruesome basic training.
I was stationed at MCAS El Toro when I received the news of his fatal wounds. I was taken back like never before as I knew him as a civilian, a Marine Recruit and a Graduated Marine. I really liked him.
Me heart and prayers go out daily to him and his as I view The Virtual Wall often.
God speed, Ted. You are still missed.
I wrote this poem in 1970 while assigned TAD in Dak To, Vietnam. I pray these words are accepted with the spirit they were written.
From a friend and Marine brother,
A Note from The Virtual Wall
Exerpt from the 7th Comm Bn Ops Log, 10 Apr 1968
The two Marines from the RR&C Company killed in action by gunshot wounds on 10 April 1968 were
"Walensky and Van Staveren as radio relay operators in April 1968 were attached to and supporting the Korean Marines (Chung Young Brigade) south of Da Nang. On the day they were killed they were traveling up the beach toward Da Nang in a 3/4 ton utility vehicle and were killed in a VC ambush. The truck was hit by an RPG and disabled, Walensky and Van Staveren took up a defensive position and were killed by small arms fire as a result of enemy action.
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