Austin Michael Gaughan

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
11 April 1948 - 15 March 1968
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Austin Michael Gaughan

05 Sep 2001

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

Killed during the seige of Khe Sahn.

Just a few kind words about a young Marine from Philly. I briefly served with Austin at Dong Ha in Quang Tri province shortly before his death. It's been 33 years since but I still remember his good-natured attitude about the worse situations. May God rest his soul.

Semper Fi!

From his former squad leader
Jimmy Jetton
2981 County Rd 214, Hillsboro, AL 35643

07 Sep 2002

The photo and following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987. The special supplement was issued in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.

"Aust" Gaughan wanted to join the Marine Corps right out of West Catholic High School in 1966, but his father persuaded him to think about it for a year. Over the next year, he attended Pierce Junior College, clerked at First Pennsylvania Banking and Trust Co., and made regular Saturday morning visits to a Marine recruiting station. Gaughan remained committed to the Marines, and enlisted in July 1967. He trained as a combat engineer and was sent to Viet Nam in January 1968. "I'll be a Marine if it kills me," he wrote home from the war. Not wanting to alarm his parents, he told them that he liked his duty post with Company A of the 3rd Shore Patrol (sic) Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, at Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, and was getting plenty of sleep. After his parents saw a Life magazine article that painted a far grimmer picture of Khe Sanh, Gaughan admitted that life was rough there. The 19-year-old private first class died on March 15, 1968, in the Station Hospital in Da Nang, of wounds sustained in Khe Sanh the previous day. He was survived by his parents."


From a native Philadelphian, Marine, and West Catholic Burr
Jim McIlhenney

26 Nov 2002

God bless you, Austin. We went through 12 years of school together and you will be in my prayers forever. You were always smiling and never had a bad word for anyone. You are truly missed.

Lou Frank

28 Oct 2005

I did a report on Austin for my Vietnam Class at school. We had to research a Vietnam soldier killed in the war who was from Philadelphia. He was a very interesting person to research. There was a lot of information about him which helped a lot. I feel as though I really know him as a friend, even though I've never met him. I decided to do a report on him because he died very young. He was only a year older than me when he died. I put a flag on the section of wall in Philadelphia where his name is written. On October 30, 2005, my Vietnam class will be going to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. I look forward to finding his name on the Wall. I would like his family and friends to know that Austin means a lot to me and I will always remember him throughout my life. I made a promise with Austin when I was at the wall in Philadelphia, I promised him that any time I was in D.C. or near the wall in Philadelphia during the rest of my life, I would stop over and say "Hi" or something like that.

From an internet research "friend",
2466 Bergey Road, Harleysville, Pa 19438

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
former squad leader,
Jimmy Jetton
2981 County Rd 214, Hillsboro, AL 35643
05 Sep 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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