Clifford Leroy Whipple

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
08 November 1946 - 18 December 1965
Downey, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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23 Dec 2006

L/Cpl Clifford L Whipple, G 2/1, was a brother Marine in our company. We trained at Camp Pendelton prior to shipping out to Chu Lai, RVN. On December 18 1965 Golf 2/1 was called upon to aid a company of Marines who had been ambushed in the middle of a rice paddie. As we approached a couple of downed choppers were visible in the paddie. The VC were set up in a tree line to the front and waited for us to start across the paddie before springing their ambush. Our platoon was the point, and we imediately took casualties. A machine gun team was brought up to put fire into the tree line, as the rest of us were pinned down by accurate rifle fire and mortars. Our machine guns opened up but one gunner was hit very quick, and another gunner took his place and also was hit and killed. I believe it was L/Cpl Whipple. That day was very hot, and the paddie provided little cover. Every move brought fire on us. As it grew darker we were able to move back. Air strikes forward also allowed us to move out and retrieve our casualties. There were heros that day and L/Cpl Whipple was one of them.

From a brother Marine,
John (Jack) Leniger

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Until 22 December 1965 the 2nd Bn, 1st Marines provided the bulk of BLT 2/1. Golf 2/1 had lost three men on 05 Dec, and on 10/11 December Fox 2/1 lost eleven men in a bitter fight near Que Son. On the 18th it was again Golf 2/1's turn; they had two men killed in action and three "died of wounds" on 18/19 December:
  • Cpl Donald C. Crutchley, Baltimore, MD (DoW 12/18/1965)
  • Cpl Joseph M. Thimm, Armada, MI (DoW 12/18/1965)
  • LCpl Gregory Jeremicz, Philadelphia, PA (KIA 12/18/1965)
  • LCpl Clifford L. Whipple, Downey, CA (KIA 12/18/1965)
  • Pfc Kenneth K. Huffer, Kempton, IN (DoW 12/19/1965)
The Virtual Wall cannot determine if all five deaths resulted from a single engagement.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 Dec 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009