Charles Henry Goldmeyer

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
11 March 1949 - 25 September 1969
San Diego, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Charles Henry Goldmeyer

15 Jan 2005


Corporal Frank Montez was killed
and Pfc Goldmeyer was wounded
in the same action on 20 Sep 1969.

11 Mar 2006

Happy Birthday, my friend, I know it's been a long time since you left us but as long as I can take a breath you will always be remembered as the Hero that you are to me.

From a friend and fellow recon team member,
Roger D Fleming
2951 Dave Ray Street S W, Supply, N C 28462
20 Feb 2005

I remember Charlie very well, we were both from San Diego. We were not on the same team but he did go out with us once as an alternate. I was devastated upon learning of him being wounded and then later dying in the hospital. I was on R&R at the time in Hawaii and he actually died on my birthday (25 Sep). My thoughts go out to his family - he was such a great guy!

From a fellow recon buddy - 1st Plt, A Co, 1st Recon,
Jerry Carruthers
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

13 Mar 2005

Charlie was my little brother. I miss him. He was my oldest daughter's Godfather and was able to come visit her before he left for overseas. We had him for a whole week. In high school, he was the kind of guy who ran to help a girl being attacked. When some young men started coming after a friend and him as they walked home, he stayed and fought because his friend was disabled and could not run. He was a good brother and son. It is so wonderful to know he had such fine friends who remember him.

From his sister,
Judy Faller
10005 S E Bell Avenue #303, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

25 Jul 2005

I knew Charlie Goldmeyer from high school. He was dating a friend of mine for a while. Later that year he graduated and Tina and I became "SENIORS"!! The last place I saw him was on campus. We got the news of his death the following December while at an assembly. It's hard to think that the young boy we used to double date with was no longer with us.

We are a stronger nation because of Charlie. I will hold him in my prayers and heart forever.

A former "Buccaneer"!!!
Del Carter Kesler

23 Jan 2006

Charley... I had just returned from R&R when I heard that Frank was gone and you were severely wounded. I remember that I went immediately to see you in the hospital. I knew you were gravely ill but I wanted you to live so much. I tried to encourage you not to give up and to fight for your life as hard as we were praying that you would make it. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Even after all these years I still think about you and Frank often. Rest in Peace ... my friend. "DOC" Korp

From a friend,
HM3 "Doc" Bill Korp
930 Columbia Avenue, Holland, Michigan 49423

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 1st Recon Battalion Command Chronology for September 1969 contains the orders for and post-patrol report from A Company's "PARALLEL BARS" team. The patrol was to be inserted on 19 September and extracted three days later on the 22nd. The schedule slipped a day and PARALLEL BARS, consisting of eight men, was inserted at noon on 20 Sep 1969.

At 1630 the patrol smelled cooking and heard voices and the sounds of domestic fowl from a knoll. The team leader, Corporal Frank Montez, and three men moved toward the noise while the other members began to encircle the knoll. Montez' group was fired upon by a single NVA/VC and returned fire, killing the enemy soldier. Two other NVA/VC then recovered the dead soldier and withdrew. The other group saw several enemy soldiers approaching from the south and took them under fire. Noticing other enemy troops to the east, PARALLEL BARS regrouped and started moving out. However, they took fire from the intended direction of movement and on the advice of an aerial observer reversed direction.

By this time it was apparent they were surrounded and the team went into a 360-degree defense while calling for extraction. The aerial observer took the enemy under fire with rockets, but shrapnel also hit two team members. The extraction helo added to the close-in fighting with its machine guns before successfully extracting the team at 2030H. Corporal Montez had been killed in the action and three others wounded - Hospital Corpsman Viento twice (once by enemy and once by friendly fire), Pfc Head and Pfc Goldmeyer once each.

HM3 Viento and Pfc Head recovered from their injuries, but Pfc Charles Goldmeyer died five days later.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Judy Faller
10005 S E Bell Avenue #303, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
16 Jan 2005

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