Roy William Howard

Lance Corporal
H&S CO, 3RD AMTRAC BN, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
29 October 1949 - 02 August 1968
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Panel 50W Line 050

1ST MARDIV

3RD AMTRAC BN
Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Roy William Howard

13 Apr 2007

Man, I'll never forget the day I saw you in boot camp. A "real person" in the herd, ha. I couldn't take my eyes off you, I couldn't place your face and I couldn't believe it was you once I realized it, ha, somebody from home, from school! But I remember your face that day, all these years, to this day. I wish I could have seen you on leave. No, they'd never allow something like that would they. Next time I heard about you, I was at sea and you were leaving Nam, killed in action. I'll see you again sometime. I went to where you were over there, Quang Nam, so I know what it was like for you, almost.

A friend,
Mike
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The 3rd AMTRAC's daily Situation Report for 02 Aug 1968 contains the following:
"Contacts: At 022130H at coord BT075704 3rd AMTR Bn squad size patrol while moving at the above coord saw two VN run into a house in Tan Luu village. The patrol surrounded the house and sent a four man team in to check the suspects. As patrol entered house, they received automatic weapons fire from back room. Patrol returned fire, killing one suspected NVA sapper in the house, and one suspected NVA sapper as he fled. Enemy KIAs suspected NVA sappers due to equipment captured on their bodies. Dispatched Bn reaction squad to assist wounded Marine. Searched area and found equipment listed below. Continued on mission."
The "equipment listed" included AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition, grenades, a grappling hook, and maps of the 3rd AMTRAC Battalion's command post.

LCpl Roy W. Howard was killed in the incident and two other Marines were wounded.



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Apr 2007
Last updated 04/17/2007