Robert Edward ChurchPrivate
G CO, 2ND BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
27 December 1946 - 16 May 1968
Lakehurst, New Jersey
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The database page for Robert Edward Church
REMEMBEREDRobert E. Church and William W. Hester graduated from Central Regional High School together in 1967.
On 16 May 1968, Bob Church was killed in action.
Six weeks later, on 01 July 1968,
Their high school's Class of 1969 dedicated their year book
A memorial initiated by a fellow veteran.
Robert E. Church and John G. Church,
John brought Bob's body home.
From their sister,
Robert Church died trying to protect our flank while we were receiving fire from three different directions. He wasn't ordered to do that, he was just being a Marine. While the majority of the platoon hit the tree line he lay down in that peanut field with another Marine and kept up a base of fire. He wasn't far from the tree line but he was very exposed.
When Robert was wounded our corpsman "Doc" Casey crawled out to work on him and he also was mortally wounded. Robert was awarded a Bronze Star and "Doc" the Navy Cross for their sacrifices that day. The Navy dedicated a barracks to "Doc" Casey and that barracks is located in Lakehurst, NJ. Lakehurst was Robert's home town. I doubt the Navy knew of that connection and every time I visit Lakehurst I think of the irony.
Robert and "Doc" shared their given names, both grew up in NJ and both died trying to protect their friends. They both are missed.
From a fellow Marine,
To the memory of Private Robert E Church.
Your heroic actions under fire exemplify the finest Honors and Traditions of the Corps and the ultimate sacrifice you made to save the lives of your fellow Marines. Semper Fi Marine !
From a brother Marine,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 16 May fight for the fortified hamlet at Phu Dong was the first major engagement in Operation Allen Brook, aimed at clearing VC and NVA forces from Go Noi Island, formed by the confluence of the Ky Lam, Ba Ren, and Chiem Son Rivers.
At Phu Dong, three companies of Marines assaulted dug-in North Vietnamese Army regulars from the newly-arrived 36th Regiment, 308th NVA Division. By days' end the NVA had been forced from Phu Dong, leaving more than 130 dead behind. In addition to 38 wounded, the Marines lost 25 men killed in action:
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
Marsha Church Gardner
210 United States Ave, Lindenwold, N. J. 08021
15 Aug 2002
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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