FACES FROM THE WALL
Birth 16MAR51 Rank SGT Date of Death 18SEP70 P. of birth Vancouver Service Marines Place Quang Nam, S. Vietnam Town of
Ridgefield Unit Co K, 3/7TH Mar, 1st Mar Div Death Code Hostile Died Wounds; Ground Casualty; Multiple Fragmentation Wounds Hometown service # 531482930 Panel 07WEST - 71 married Single MIA - Medals Tour Date 29DEC68 Comment Cemetery Willamette National Cemetery, Portland OR
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Sgt. David Baker Funeral services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, for Sgt. David Baker, 19. Marine Corps sergeant who died in Vietnam. Arrangements are to be announced by Vancouver Funeral Chapel. Baker was born in Vancouver 16 Mar 1951, attended Pleasant Valley Grade school and Ridgefield High School. He joined the Marines when he was 17. In addition to his mother, Mrs. Anna Hartnett, David is survived by his father, Jess Baker, The Dalles Or; brothers, Dan, in the Navy; four sisters, Mary Ann Baker, Linda Daffron, Barbara Fink Hartnett, and Brenda Fink Hartnett, all of Vancouver; and grandparents, Gertrude Jones and Ernest Baker, both of Vancouver. (The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 21 Sep 1970)
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Ridgefield Marine Dies in Vietnam A Ridgefield Marine, Lance Cpl. Robert "Les" Vaughan, 18, has become the 21st member of the armed forces with Clark County ties to die in the Vietnam war, it was learned today. Vaughan, the son of Mrs. Lela Brewster of 603 Main St., Ridgefield, was reported killed 27 Dec (1967) while on patrol at Quang Tri. Mrs. Brewster said she was notified of her son's death last Thursday, and that he was said to have died of gunshot wounds of the body. The young Marine attended Ridgefield High School before entering the Marines in October, 1966. He had been in Vietnam for three months at the time of his death, serving with M Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. Mrs. Brewster said her son will be buried in Willamette National Cemetery when the body is returned from Vietnam. (The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 1 Jan 1968)
Cpl. Robert Vaughan Ridgefield WA (Special) Lance Cpl. Robert Les Vaughan, 18, Ridgefield WA, was killed 27 Dec (1967) at Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He is the son of Mrs. Lela Brewster, of Ridgefield. Cpl. Vaughan was born 14 Mar 1949, in Emmet ID and joined the Marine Corps in October, 1966. He went to Vietnam last October. In addition to his mother, survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Sharon Lucas, Vancouver, and Mrs. Sharlene McCoy, Clear Lake CA; and five brothers, Larry, Vancouver, and Tom Vaughan, Gary Brewster, Mike Brewster, and Chris Brewster, all of Ridgefield. Funeral arrangements are pending at Vancouver Funeral Home. Burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. (The Oregonian, Portland OR, 4 Jan 1968)
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Diane Morgan and the Camas Public Library, Gregory Payne
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Army Pfc. Boykin is casualty The death of Army Pfc. Prentis B. Boykin Jr., 20, as the reseult of wounds received in action while serving in Vietnam was reported today. According to an Army spokesman, the soldier died in Vietnam 4 Mar (1968) as the result of wounds suffered during a firefight with enemy forces. He was a member of Company C, 16th Armored, 173rd Airborne Division. Boykin was the eighth member of the armed forces with Clark County ties to die in the Vietnam War this year, while only one death had been reported at this same point in 1967. His was the 29th death of a county resident or former resident since the war began nine more than during the Korean War. Boykin was graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1965 and entered the Army here 1 Nov (1966). He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Prentis B. Boykin Sr., 2913 E. Fourteenth Court. The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 8 Mar 1968)
(MIA information extracted from PowNetWork.Org) CDR Harley Hall was the commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 143 onboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. On 27 Jan 1973 he and his co-pilot Philip A. Kinzler were launched on an attack mission against North Vietnamese supplies vehicles. On his last pass his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Hall attempted to fly his plane back towards the safety of the Ocean but the plane caught fire and he and his co-pilot were forced to eject extremely close to a Vietnamese Village. The co-pilot was wounded by ground fire and was captured. Harley Hall disappeared. Harley Hall, a career Air Force man, had been the leader of the Blue Angels. He was shot down on the "last day of the war" and was the last Navy air casualty of the Vietnam War. He was the last American to be classified Prisoner of War. Three of Harley Hall's front teeth were returned as evidence of his death. In 1993, his wife refused to acknowledge them as proof of his death. Lots more information about Harley Hall at Pownetwork.org
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In remembrance I, GREGORY PAYNE, WAS ONE OF THE STUDENTS SITTING WITH THOMAS ALLEN METTERT, MARINE CPL ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT's YOUNGER BROTHER WHO GAVE THAT FATEFULL TALK THAT DAY ON APRIL 27th, 1967 IN MRS. VIRGINIA RICHARDS "CWP" CLASS (CONTEMPORARY WORLD PROBLEMS CLASS)WHOSE HUSBAND INCODENTLY WAS A CIVILIAN WAR CORRESPONDANT AT THE TIME AND VERY COINCIDENTLY MET BOB METTERT OVER THERE AND ACTUALLY WITNESSED HIS DEATH, FIRST HAND BEFORE THE MARINE CORPS HAD A CHANCE TO NOTIFY THE FAMILY, BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH FROM VANCOUVER, WASHINGTOPN AT THE TIME HE NOTIFIED HIS WIFE LONG DISTANCE FROM DANANG, VIETNAM AND TOLD HER OF THE EVENT!!!!! IT WAS HELL ON MRS. RICHARDS BECAUSE SHE HAD TOM METTERT IN HER CLASS AND SHE COULD NOT FACE HIM WITH THE TRUTH THAT SHE WAS SWORN TO SECRECY NOT TO TELL THE FAMILY, UNTILL THE MARINE CORPS HAD GONE THROUGH THE APPROPRIATE STEPS TO DO SO FIRST!!!!!!! TOM METTERT AND I GRADUATED FROM HUDSON"S BAY HIGH SCHOOL IN JUNE OF 1967!!!!! My being both long term friends with alot of these people go back as far as 1956 for me, as well as being FAMILY as well to one! Picture and remembrance supplied by his friend, Gregory Payne
Shell Fatal To Marine in Vietnam The war in Vietnam has again been brought close to home, as the death of Marine Cpl. Robert Arnold Mettert of Vancouver was confirmed Wednesday night by the Defense Department. The corporal, son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Mettert, 1208 Brandt Rd., was killed last Sunday in the vicinity of Khe Sanh, to become the 11th member of the armed forces with Clark County ties to die in Vietnam. Mrs. Mettert said she was first notified of her son's death Tuesday, but official confirmation did not come until the following evening. He was said to have died of chest wounds suffered from an exploding 81mm mortar shell. The 20-year-old Leatherneck had just arrived back in Vietnam for his second tour of duty. Mrs. Mettert said he had served 13 months there, before coming home on leave last March. He volunteered to go back and left here 21 Apr (1967) arriving in Vietnam just seven days before he met death. Mettert was born 14 Dec 1946 at New Castle IN. He was a 1965 graduate of Hudson's Bay High School and a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He had been a Columbian paper boy for about five years from 1959 to 1963. In addition to his parents and his brother at home, the corporal is survived by another brother, Thomas, and sisters, Mary Ann and Joan, all at home. Mrs. Mettert said the funeral arrangements will be made by the Vancouver Funeral Chapel when the body arrives from overseas with the services to be held at St. Joseph's Church. She also noted that thought she appreciates the sentiment, she would prefer not to receive flowers at her home. (The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 11 May 1967)
Funeral Due For Marine Killed In 2nd Viet Tour.
Cpl. Robert Mettert of the U.S. Marines will be buried in Willamette National Cemetery with full honors Monday morning.
He could be taking it easy in a soft assignment Stateside, but he died instead, in battle near Khe Sanh, just below the DMZ in South Vietnam.
He was struck by an 81-mm mortar fragmant in the chest. "We did everything we could to save him." one of his buddies wrote," but it was no use."
That was Sunday, 7 May (1967). Ten days later Mettert's body came home in a sealed coffin, marked "body unviewable."
The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.,Sunday at the Vancouver WA Funeral Chapel.
Corporal aged 20.
Cpl. Mettert, son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Mettert, 1208 Brandt Rd., Vancouver WA was 20. He had already served his 13 month tour in Vietnam. He would have automatically returned to a quiet stateside assignment for six months. But he volunteered to return to the thick of the fight near Khe Sanh. Why? To save some money he told his mother.
"He was determined to pay his own way through college," she recalls. But the truth came out when he talked to a class of seniors at Hudson's Bay High School, where he was a graduate with honors in June, 1965. "It may sound corny," he told his schoolmates last month, during his last home leave," But I happen to love my country. We had to fight for our freedom, when we were getting started. Now we are a rich and powerful nation and I feel we have an obligation to help others fight for their freedom."
"Aren't you Afraid?, the students asked.
"Sure Im afraid whenever I go into action," he said. "Everyone is but you get so busy you don't think about yourself. "You know you can get it any day," he told his teachers " I've said goodbye to everyone."
That was his last day at home, 21 Apr (1967). He was back in Vietnam by April 30. His mother got a letter dated 3 May (1967) telling about some hot fighting for Hill 831 near Khe Sanh, but assured his mother he was back in the safety and comparative comfort of Camp Carroll, the main Marine artillery plateau.
He was in command of a squad and had been recommended for promotion to sergeant. Four days later he was dead, just seven days after starting his second tour of duty in Vietnam.
His brother, John, now at home, also volunteered to serve two sucessive tours of duty 19 months as a Marine Corporal in Vietnam. John was released from active duty 4 April, 1967.
Mr. and Mrs. Mettert have a son, Thomas A., and two daughters, Mary Ann and Joan Renee at home. Cpl. Metterts survivors also include an aunt, Sister Antonetta, a nun at Dayton OH, and the grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Mettert of Newcastle IN.
Cpl. Mettert was a junior dealer for the Oregonian for five years before enlisting. (Oregonian, Portland OR, 20 May 1967)
Here are four photo's of Del Odegard from two of his old friends who will never forget him. Larry Melton and Jim Uphouse, Co. B 1/327 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne
Soldier Killed by Shrapnel
Sgt. Dan Poff Viet casualty Among the victims of the new round of attacks that began during the weekend in Vietnam against allied military installations and population centers was Sgt. Daniel L. Poff of Vancouver, who died early Sunday, the Defense Department announced Monday. The 21-year-old soldier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil B. Poff of 2801 N. W. 91st St., was killed at about 3:30 a.m., when enemy forces launched a mortar attack against the base camp, where he was serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. Poff was the 44th member of the armed forces with Clark County ties to die in the Vietnam war. He had almost completed his tour of duty overseas, having been in Vietnam 11 months. During that time he had participated in the Awshaw Valley sweep and in several other dangerous missions. Though he was born in Minneapolis on 8 Sep 1947, Poff had lived most of his life here. He was graduated from Columbia River High School in 1965, and was a member of the track team there in his senior year. He attended Clark College for two years before entering the Army in October 1967. In addition to his parents, the sergeant is survived by brothers, Timothy and James, and a sister, Kim. Funeral services are pending at Vancouver Funeral Chapel. Details will be announced after the body is returned from overseas. (The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 25 Feb 1969)
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Vancouver Marine is Viet victim The Vietnam war has claimed the life of another Clark County serviceman. Marine officials said today, Killed in action was Pfc. Daniel G. Wessler. Wessler, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim R. Wessler of 2300 E. 18th St., was killed 19 Mar (1969) in Quang Tri Province while on patrol. Marine officials said that Wessler, a life-long resident of Vancouver, sustained fatal injuries about the head and body when an enemy mine exploded. Wessler, a member of G Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, joined the Marine Corps last July and had been in Vietnam for about two months. The latest casualty brought to 46 the number of local servicemen killed in Vietnam - 26 more than the local men who were killed in the Korean War. Funeral services will be held at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel following return of the body from Vietnam. (The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 24 Mar 1969)
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