Gregory Ira WertsLance Corporal
CAP 2-9-1, CACO 2-9, 2ND CA GROUP, 3RD MAF
United States Marine Corps
14 July 1949 - 12 June 1969
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The database page for Gregory Ira Werts
The following article is 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.
A brown belt in karate, the Temple Prep School graduate planned to attend Temple University Law School after returning from Viet Nam. The 19-year-old Marine Corps lance corporal, a rifleman, had been on more than 25 combat missions with the 2nd Civil Affairs Group, 3rd Marine Amphibious Force, when he was killed on June 12, 1969. Werts was survived by his parents and a sister.
SEMPER FIDELIS, MARINE!
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
I was only 7 years old, but I remember Gregory so vividly. He was a neighbor on Mytlewood Street in Philadelphia in 1968; more importantly he was like a big brother to me. Although he stood tall in statue and knew karate, he was a meek individual. I remember when my mother's boyfriend was abusing her, Gregory came to the rescue and asked if she needed any help. Here it is 34 years later, and I still think about Gregory. I will never forget him. God Bless HIS FAMILY, and I thank God for Greg impacting my life in a positive way. HE WAS A MAN'S MAN. I LOVE AND MISS HIM.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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