Dale Joseph Hess

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
30 November 1948 - 30 April 1968
Dayton, Ohio
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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06 Jan 2004

I am so sorry that you did not make it back. I thank you and your family for your sacrifice.

I have a picture of you and others taken on March 31, 1968 on Hill 558 at Khe Sanh. We were so happy as a helicopter crew had flown us in some ice cream packed in dry ice. What a treat after nearly 70 days on C-rations. I would share this picture with any of Dale's family that would like a copy of it.

Dale was loaned to H&S Company, 2nd Bn, 26th Marines, at Khe Sanh as a radio operator. He was killed after we moved to Camp Carroll and I do not know if he was a radio operator or back with his line company as a rifleman.

I think of you and Nose quite often. You are not forgotten. Rest in peace, Dale.

Jim Malam

8 Apr 2004

Dale, I am a Vietnam Veteran - I was with the 11th Aviation, 1st Cav, at An-Khe Vietnam, from Dec 1965-Nov 1966. I am sorry that you didn't make it home but I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Thanks from a Vietnam veteran and friend,
Fred Haller
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06 Nov 2005

I served with 1st Cav Div - Camp Evans RVN Feb 68. Our tent took a hit on march 25th 1968 and Richard Heil (11B10) was a few feet from me. I was 15th Admin Fwd PIO.

A person quit asking names, but before we got hit he and I found any blank piece of paper we could to write every day to our elected officials on the issue to raise the age of voting to 21.

My heart goes out to combat veterans, the killed, captured, wounded, or just came home lucky.

It is my most sincere prayer that we do not forsake the soldiers and families of any war, and that includes those who are serving right now in Afgahanistan and Iraq. Truth is hardship, and families of combatants pay such a high price it is heart breaking.

My heartfelt salute to Dale Hess and survivors. I finished 1968, and did do 1969, to be sent home at the ripe age of 19. At least I made it home and in spite of "broken promises" I have lived to see our grandchildren.

From a Vietnam veteran,
Steve Higgins

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In late April 1968 it became apparent that the North Vietnamese Army was again moving across the DMZ into the area north of Dong Ha. On 29 April the ARVN 2nd Infantry Regiment sent its 1st and 4th Battalions in a pincer movement to locate and engage NVA units around An Binh. "Task Force Robbie", consisting of Delta 1/9 Marines reinforced with tanks from Alpha 3rd Tanks, was sent to relieve building pressure on the ARVN's southern flank.

"Robbie" ran into trouble at Cam Vu, about 5,000 meters west of An Binh, where a North Vietnamese blocking force was waiting for them. After taking 10 dead and 22 wounded in a six hour fight against a clearly superior force, "Robbie" broke off the contact and withdrew. The ARVN forces had absorbed 17 dead and 47 wounded, could not link up, and also withdrew.

At this point the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, was brought into the fight, advancing toward Cam Vu. India 3/9 was the first to make contact, encountering an "L"-shaped ambush just north of Cam Vu. As 3/9's other three companies deployed in support of India, the NVA broke contact and withdrew under cover of artillery fire from within and north of the DMZ.

The fighting around Cam Vu was paralleled by the engagement of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, with elements of the 325th NVA Division at Dai Do some 5 miles to northeast of Cam Vu. These engagements - the 2nd ARVN Infantry, 1/9, and 3/9 at Cam Vu and 2/4 at Dai Do - were the opening engagements in what became known as the Battle of Dong Ha.

While the Cam Vu fights cost the North Vietnamese at least 197 dead, Allied losses also were high:

  • 1st Bn, 9th Marines - 10 dead
  • 3rd Bn, 9th Marines - 36 dead
  • 1st and 4th Bns, 2nd ARVN Infantry - 17 dead
Lance Corporal Hess' unit, Lima 3/9, was heavily engaged in the fight and had 14 men killed in action:
  • SSgt Loren K. Davey, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Sgt James R. Worley, Hartsville, TN
  • Cpl Cecil M. Haigler, Albany, GA
  • LCpl Michael R. Diggs, Newport News, VA
  • LCpl George Gregorius, Stockton, CA
  • LCpl Dale J. Hess, Dayton, OH
  • LCpl Giancarlo Lucchesi, Buffalo, NY
  • LCpl Sammy R. Lusk, Houston, TX
  • LCpl Samuel A. Singer, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pfc Philip G. Franklin, Seneca, PA
  • Pfc William H. Hancock, Yutan, NE
  • Pfc Roger D. Mills, Linton, IN
  • Pfc Gerald S. Williams, Greenville, MI
  • Pvt Ray D. James, Tiptonville, TN

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow Marine at Khe Sanh,
Jim Malam
6 Jan 2004

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