Sammie Lee Watson, Jr

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
02 October 1948 - 28 November 1968
St Louis, Missouri
Panel 37W Line 003


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Sammie Lee Watson, Jr

20 Sep 2006

Marine, I never knew you. You died on the same day and place that my brother did. You were there, fighting for your country and the American way of life. I mourn your passing. You were gone in a flash, in the prime of your youth, never to return to St. Louis, Missouri. You never got a chance to lead a productive life, marry, raise a family, or be there for your aging parents. You are our hero. You have served our nation well and we thank you for your honor and sacrifice !

Rest in peace, Marine. You're not forgotten!

From the sister of a fellow fallen Marine,
Judy Tedrow Metzker

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 1/26 Marines' Command Chronology for Nov 1968 contains the following entry:
"27 Nov 68: A3-3 received 6 rounds of 60mm incoming [mortar fire]. A reaction force was sent out and ran into an enemy automatic weapons position. One Marine was KIA in the initial contact. Another force was sent to assist and another Marine was KIA. Reaction force could not get in position to assault [without sustaining additional casualties] and were pulled back because of darkness and terrain. Position attacked in the morning with NGF [Naval gun fire], Arty, Air, and overrun. Results: 3 USMC KIA, misc gear and demolitions captured."
The three Marines killed in the action were

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Sep 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009