Floyd Eugene ClosePrivate First Class
1ST PLT, DELTA CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
26 July 1947 - 04 September 1967
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Floyd Eugene Close is my Uncle, but unfortunately I never had a chance to meet him. He was only 20 years old at the time of his death. I have heard stories about him my whole life and he has always been a huge part of my life through everyones' memories. I wish I had been given the opportunity to have my own memories with him. He is definitely a hero to his family and those who love him.
Rest in peace and know that you are still very loved.
A Note from The Virtual WallIn early September 1967 the 5th Marines headed into battle against North Vietnamese Army forces in Quang Nam and the nearby Que Son Valley. As the 3/5 Marines headed into the valley and a ten-day battle, Bravo and Delta 1/5 fought a three-day battle of their own on 4, 5, and 6 September.
On 04 Sep 1967 Delta 1/5 was heavily engaged, with 23 dead and many more wounded - but they kept the field of battle. Reinforced by Bravo 1/5, the Marines continued until the NVA withdrew late on the 6th - but the price paid included a known total of 56 dead Marines and even more wounded. Private Floyd Close was one of the men killed in the initial fighting on 4 Sep 1967.
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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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