Sydney Claude HowardLance Corporal
M CO, 3RD BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
28 February 1948 - 14 March 1969
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The database page for Sydney Claude Howard
A Note from The Virtual WallFire Support Bases NEVILLE and RUSSELL were west of Cam Lo, with NEVILLE the westernmost of the two. In late February 1969, NEVILLE was occupied by Golf Btry 3/12 with Hotel Company, 2/4 as a security force. Five miles to the east, FSB RUSSELL had Hotel and Mortar Batteries, 3/12, and elements of 2/4 as a security force - primarily Echo 2/4, but also elements of H&S Company.
In the early morning hours of 25 Feb 1969 both bases were hit hard by NVA sappers - about 200 from the 246th NVA Regiment at NEVILLE and an equal number from the 27th NVA Regiment at RUSSELL. In each case the attacks began with heavy mortar fire and supporting artillery fire from within the DMZ, followed by a ground attack clearly intended to destroy the artillery pieces in their gun pits. In each case the enemy partially overran the base, and in each case the Marines drove them out again. When the sun rose, the Marines had over three dozen dead and 100+ wounded, while there were 61 enemy bodies inside the two perimeters - but the guns had sustained no serious damage and were firing.
Twenty-nine Marines and sailors were killed in the defense of FSB RUSSELL ... but on the afternoon of the 25th another Marine was wounded by NVA mortar fire - LCpl Sydney C. Howard of Lakewood, California. On 14 March 1969 he died from his wounds.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 15 Nov 2000
Last updated 09/29/2007