Clyde Randall Hamby

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
10 August 1949 - 22 May 1968
Hayward, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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27 Jan 2007

I knew Randy thru most of grade and high school. We became pretty close in our senior year. As far as I knew, he was going on to collage. I didn't have the grades for that. Over the summer we lost track of each other, and I decided to join the Navy. After boot camp, I went back to our high school, to say hello to everybody. To my surprise, Randy was there. He had joined the Marines! After we had gone to our different old classes, we met on the school steps. We talked a bit about how our different boot camps were, and other small talk. We had to leave, and gave each other a hug, and wished good luck. As we walked to our cars, I joked to him, "Don't paint any bull eyes on your butt." Little did I know, that would be the last time I ever saw him. Months later on the carrier I was on, off of Vietnam, I got word that Randy had been killed in action. I was told, he was shot, while trying to help another shot Marine. I don't know. But I can see him doing that! I think about him all the time!

From a friend,
Steve Robinson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

An early-morning patrol by India Company, 3/3 Marines, came across a company-sized NVA unit near the destroyed hamlet of Lao Son near Con Thien. Some of the NVA soldiers were still sleeping, others were going about their morning routine - and all were disturbed when India 3/3 attacked their encampment. It was soon clear that India needed reinforcements, and the CG 3rd MarDiv undertook to provide them. Lima 3/3 was sent to help India, which was attacking to the south, and the 1/4 Marines were directed to send two companies with tank support eastward along the trace to take the NVA units from their rear. Elements of the 1/9 and 3/9 Marines were directed to establish blocking positions to east and west of the engagement in order to cordon the area.

The 1/4 Operations Log for 22 May says the 1/4 contingent departed 1245, with Bravo 1/4 and a tank element in the lead and Alpha 1/4 in trace. A deliberate engagement by Bravo 1/4 began at 1610; Alpha moved to assist. The NVA, caught between 1/4 to the south and 3/3 to the north, seemed to become confused and lost heavily to supporting air and artillery fires - but they didn't stop fighting.

At nightfall the two 1/4 companies withdrew slightly and established an NDP. At that point Alpha 1/4 had 2 KIA and 7 WIA; Bravo 12 KIA (6 known KIAs could not be recovered on the 22nd), 19 WIA, and 2 MIA. The 3/3 elements had fared better; India 3/3 lost two men killed, while both India and Lima had a number of wounded.

Both elements resumed the assault on 23 May. The 1/4 Marines encountered little resistance and had only 5 WIA. Alpha 1/4 was able to find and recover the bodies of the 8 members of Bravo not recovered on the 22nd (6 KIA, 2 MIA). The NVA repeatedly were caught in the open and supporting arms fires took a heavy toll. Most of the surviving NVA were moving north in an effort to gain sanctuary in the Demilitarized Zone a few kilometers away - but had to evade the 3/3 Marines, who were still moving south. By late afternoon the area was cleared of live NVA, but 3/3 had lost seven more men.

Although 1/9 and 3/9 established blocking positions as ordered they were not actively involved in the engagements and suffered no KIAs/DoWs.

Several hundred NVA bodies were strewn over the area, most killed by air and artillery fires, and a wealth of equipment and supplies was captured - but the two-pronged attack had cost the lives of 25 Marines:

  • 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines - Lao Son 22-23 May:
    • Cpl Benjamin H. Reid, Atlanta, GA, India 3/3
    • LCpl John H. Halman, Ashtabula, OH, India 3/3
    • LCpl Russell U. West, Orange, CA, India 3/3
    • LCpl Leonardo Ramos, San Antonio, TX, Lima 3/3
    • LCpl Kenneth C. Shemory, Mifflinburg, PA, Lima 3/3
    • Pfc Michael W. Williams, Artesia, CA, India 3/3
    • Pfc David E. Gore, Manteca, CA, H&S Co
    • Pfc James R. Corder, Wolf Summit, WV, India 3/3
    • Pvt Ralph B. Fecteau, Cornish, NH, India 3/3

  • 1st Bn, 4th Marines - An Dinh, 22 May:
    • Capt Robert E. Harris, Russell, KY, Bravo 1/4
    • 1stLt Victor D. Westphall, Albuquerque, NM, Bravo 1/4
    • SSgt Edmund J. Kelly, Wilson, NC, Alpha 1/4
    • Sgt Roger W. Boyd, Decatur, IL, Bravo 1/4
    • LCpl Denver J. Berkheimer, Streetsboro, OH, Bravo 1/4
    • LCpl Rolando Hernandez, Corpus Christi, TX, Bravo 1/4
    • LCpl Charles S. Kirkland, Kennett, MO, Bravo 1/4
    • LCpl Duane F. Horgan, Lakewood, CO, H&S 1/4 (with Bravo)
    • Pfc Davis F. Brown, Winter Park, FL, Bravo 1/4
    • Pfc Carlos A. De La Hoz, Yonkers, NY, Alpha 1/4
    • Pfc Alejandro Diaz, New York, NY, Bravo 1/4
    • Pfc William B. Hamacher, Gloucester, NJ, Bravo 1/4
    • Pfc Clyde R. Hamby, Hayward, CA, Bravo 1/4
    • Pfc James E. Joshua, Gadsden, AL, Bravo 1/4
    • Pfc Raymond B. Ralls, Philadelphia, PA, Bravo 1/4
    • Pfc Ray Williams, Atlanta, GA

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Jan 2007
Last updated 02/08/2007