Charles Jerry Gaines

Second Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
10 October 1935 - 20 November 1966
Newton, Mississippi
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Charlie J Gaines

Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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10 Jan 2002

As long as we live
You will live.
As long as we live
You will be remembered.
As long as we live
You will be loved.

A memorial from from his wife and daughter.

20 Jan 2002

Lt. Gaines was my platoon commander. He was a good man in a bad place.

I was wounded and a few yards away from him when he died.

I was in the med-evac chopper with Lt. Gaines at the start of his journey back to the "world".

He was respected by all the Marines of the 3rd Platoon and is greatly missed. He led us through a lot of hard times in Nam and is responsible for many of the living to come back to the "world".

You will always be remembered and missed by those who served under you. You laid down your life for us and we are eternally grateful. Semper Fi, Marine!

Ronnie Duran
193 Biscayne Blvd., Rossville, GA. 30741

10 Aug 2005

Lt. Charles Gaines was and will always remain my best friend and he will always remain an inspiration to me. His love and kindness motivated me to want to be like him. I enlisted in the Marine Corps at the earliest possible age and my life was forever changed for the better. Of the many positive things that can be said of Charlie, perhaps none is more meaningful than "he cared." Not a day goes by without him passing through my memory. I look forward to joining with him again among God's legions.

From a cousin,
Thomas R. Gaines

09 Oct 2006

Although I never personally knew you, your cousin, Thomas R. Gaines and I have a son, Kyle Charles Gaines, and a grand daughter, Charlie Ruth Gaines, named after you. You are bigger than life to all you left behind and you will never be forgotten.

From his cousin in law,
Marlynn W. Gaines
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 2nd Bn, 1st Marines Command Chronology for Nov 1966 contains the following entry for 20 Nov:
"At 1415H, a Co F platoon conducting a combat patrol at BT040602 discovered a mined punji trap. During probe of the pit the mine detonated causing 3 USMC KIAs and 8 USMC WIAs of which 3 WIAs were not evacuated."
The three men killed by the mine were
  • 2ndLt Charles J. Gaines, Newton, MS;
  • Sgt Harry J. Shepherd, Largo, FL; and
  • Cpl William B. Dorsey, Yonkers, NY.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Jan 2002
Last updated 10/15/2006