Michael Lee Dewlen

Second Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
15 December 1943 - 11 June 1968
Amarillo, Texas
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Silver Star

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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07 Jun 2006

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Landing Zone TORCH was established in early June 1968 by the 1/4 Marines as part of Operation SCOTLAND II, aimed at discouraging the 88th and 102nd NVA Regiments then operating south and southeast of Khe Sanh. LZ TORCH was located about 14kn SSE of Khe Sanh and was promptly occupied by C Btry, 1/12 Marines, with Alpha 1/4 and Delta 1/3 in place as an infantry force. LZ TORCH was attacked by the NVA within a day or two of its establishment.

The 1/4 Marines' Command Chronology for June 1968 contains the following description of the attack:

"On 11 June, at approximately 0215H, an estimated company of NVA attacked LZ TORCH, using small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, satchel charges, and ChCom grenades. Assault was oriented toward "C" Btry 1/12 and "A" Company 1/4. Repelled assault with small arms, automatic weapons, M-26 grenades, M-70, 60 and 81 mm mortars, and arty, both direct and indirect fire. A flare ship provided illumination. Friendly casualties resulting from the action: "C" Btry - 4 KIA/17 WIA; Co "A" - 10 KIA/5 WIA; Co "D" 1/3 - 1 WIA."
Regretably, one of the wounded Marines died during evacuation, for a total cost of 15 American lives:
  • C Btry, 1st Bn, 12th Marines:
    • 2ndLt Michael L. Dewlen, Amarillo, TX (Silver Star)
    • LCpl Billy J. Wyatt, Columbia, MO
    • Pfc James A. Phipps, Compton, CA
    • Pvt Michael L. Ewing, Independence, IA

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 4th Marines:
    • GySgt Edward T. Wright, Los Angeles, CA
    • LCpl Daniel F. Andrus, Riverton, UT
    • Cpl Bernard W. Dickerson, Clarinda, IA
    • HN Milton R. Allerby, Brockton, MA
    • LCpl Robert J. Irwin, Hollywood, FL
    • LCpl Sam Jones, Marshall, TX
    • LCpl Wilber D. Monroe, Langdale, AL
    • LCpl Charles C. White, St Paul, MN
    • Pfc Robert S. Castelot, Hillsboro, NH
    • Pfc Dwight A. Price, New London, CT
    • Pfc Bernard J. Snead, Baltimore, MD

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 07 Jun 2006
Last updated 06/12/2006