Charles Sumner Walsh

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
08 October 1948 - 15 March 1968
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Charles S Walsh

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Charles Sumner Walsh

02 Dec 1997

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

From his sister
Mary Jane
11 June 2003

Charles S Walsh

The photo and following article are taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987. The special supplement was issued in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.

Seven months before he was to graduate from Roxborough High School, Walsh and several buddies enlisted in the Marines. The 19-year-old private first class stopped home briefly before shipping out to Viet Nam in December 1967 and joining Company K of the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. "He was a happy-go-lucky boy," his mother recalled, "but he matured quickly in just a short time in the war." Walsh, a team leader, was killed in Quang Tri Province on March 15, 1968. He also was survived by three sisters.


From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Jim McIlhenney

12 Nov 2004

Chuck was loved and remembered by my oldest sister Nancy Dwyer. She never forgot and talked and thought of him daily until her recent death (Oct 2004). Chuck was life long friends with my older sister. We had a neighbor (Frank Pennetti) from East Falls also killed that I knew. Whenever my sister and I remembered Frankie she always told me to include Chuck Walsh, about him and never to forget or under- appreciate the life he lost so others may live.

This is my letter of gratitude for the sacrifice taken from you, your family and friends. He did not die in vain fighting for the oppressed, weaker or smaller of us. I was seven years old when he died. His sacrifice kept younger boys like myself from having to go to war later in history. He will not be forgotten by the generations that followed.

Patrick Michael Dwyer
US Navy Submarine Service 1982-1988

A Note from The Virtual Wall

LCpl Francis Pennetti of Philadelphia, mentioned above, was assigned to Kilo Company, 3/26 Marines. He and Pfc Kenneth V. Goodman of Stewart, Minnesota, were killed in action on 24 Jan 1968.

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