Norman Philip Chittester

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
22 April 1949 - 22 February 1969
Falls Creek, Pennsylvania
Panel 32W Line 076


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Norman Philip Chittester

12 Feb 2008

Norman Philip Chittester grew up in my home town of Falls Creek, Pennsylvania. He is the only person from my home town who died in Vietnam. I do not know very much about Norman but I have been trying to find any information on him that I can find which is not very much.

He is memorialized on a granite stone in our memorial park. I know he was only in-country for four months before being killed in the Quang Tri Province. He is located on panel 32w row 076 on the wall.

If you knew Norman Philip Chittester I would like to here from you.

From I live in his hometown,
Brian Miller

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In late February 1969 the 1/9 Marines were engaged in Operation DEWEY CANYON at the northern end of the A Shau Valley. Their Command Chronology for February 1969 contains the following commentary:
"An aerial observer reported that there was an [sic] huge bunker complex, covering 6 grid squares, ... at YD197053, and on 22 February Company A returned to attack these complexes. On the fringe of the complex at YD199046 Company A met heavy resistance, killed 105 enemy and suffered 10 killed and 61 wounded."
The Chronology also contains the text of a SPOT report from Company A, which, in paraphrase, reports that at 1300 22 Feb Company A
"Charged on first enemy position with two platoons in assault. Heavy machinegun fire caused me to commit my 4th Platoon. With help of Broncos [OV-10 aircraft] and 81mm mortars moved through and wiped out the first enemy position. Directed air strike and arty against second enemy position."
The SPOT report also states that in addition to inflicting 105 casualties on the NVA a considerable number of weapons and supplies were captured.

The ten men who were killed in the assault described above were

  • 1stLt Lee R. Herron, Lubbock, TX (Navy Cross)
  • 2ndLt William J. Christman, Gaithersburg, MD (Navy Cross)
  • Cpl Richard P. Hodges, Atlanta, GA (Silver Star)
  • LCpl John R. Baird, Oak Lawn, IL (Silver Star)
  • LCpl David A. Chacon, Gilcrest, CO (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Larry J. Boehm, San Felipe, TX
  • Pfc Fred Butler, Miami, FL
  • Pfc Norman P. Chittester, Falls Creek, PA
  • Pfc Anthony L. Johnson, Buena Vista, VA
  • Pfc William B. Tarrance, Torrance, CA (HQ Co, 9th Marines with Alpha 1/9)
Six other 1/9 Marines died in other nearby engagements:
  • Capt George Meerdink, Corpus Christi, TX, Bravo 1/9 Marines
  • 2ndLt Lawrence P. O'Toole, New York, NY, Delta 2/12 Marines (F/O with Bravo 1/9)
  • Cpl John F. Dedek, Oak Hill, NY, H&S 1/9 Marines
  • Cpl Bruce E. Robinson, Falls Church, VA, Bravo 1/9 Marines
  • LCpl Walter A. Joyce, Scarsdale, NY, Delta 1/9 Marines
  • Pfc Robert M. Ysguerra, Union City, CA, Bravo 1/9 Marines

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
I live in his hometown,
Brian Miller

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Feb 2008
Last updated 02/13/2008