A CO, 3RD ANTITANK BN, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
21 February 1942 - 08 January 1968
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The database page for Vicente Garza
Even though I did not know Sgt Vicente Garza personally, I feel a bond with him. A friend of mine called and was surprised to know that I was alive. He had heard that Sgt Garza had been killed in action in 1968 in Vietnam. I was in Nam in 1968 and apparently he heard Sgt. Vicente Garza's name. Sgt Vicente Garza suffered a tragic death along with 41 other Marines when their helicopter went down. May Sgt Vicente Garza of Houston, Texas, rest in peace. My belated condolences to his family.
Vicente "Chacho" Garza was a father, son, brother, and an uncle. He was my uncle, he passed before I was born, but all I have heard are great things about him. My Uncle "Chacho" is my mother's brother, they were very close. They were only 15 months apart. My father was also very close to him. He told me he didn't look at him as a brother-in-law, he looked at him as a close friend.
They were in Vietnam together. I wasn't born when that helicopter crashed, in fact it was years later. My parents always kept a picture of him in our house. I would always look at his picture wishing that I could have met him. But I know that he is always watching us from heaven. I have 2 heroes that I will always look up to, one is my dad, he is a great man. He retired a Major from the Marines. And even though he has been retired for some time now, he always says "Once a Marine, always a Marine". And my second hero is my Uncle "Chacho", because he died serving his country.
To wrap this up, I would just like to give thanks to all of our soldiers out there. I have a nephew Derick out there in Iraq right now. He is fighting to keep us all safe. And I love him with all my heart.
Thank you to all of our Armed Forces.
From his niece,
A Note from The Virtual Wall
Sergeant Vincente Garza was one of 46 men aboard when CH-53A (BuNo 153710) of HMM-463 slammed into the mountainside. The bodies were not recovered until three weeks later when a reinforced platoon from Alpha 1/3 Marines was able to reach the wreckage on 28 Jan 1968.
Staff Sergeant Bennett W. Olson was buried in Plot S-3811, Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, on 27 June 1968. The other men were buried together on 23 July 1968 in Section 81, Plots 270-272, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 08 Jan 2006
Last updated 02/28/2008