Harry Leonard Kaus, Jr

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
29 November 1946 - 18 August 1965
Dunkirk, New York
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Silver Star

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Harry Leonard Kaus, Jr

19 Nov 2007

Dear Harry,
You are still in our memories and our hearts.

We often wonder what life would be like if you were here with us.

On Memorial Day when we attend the services and lay the wreath in your memory, how I wish we were all going to a picnic together afterward.

Dear big brother of mine, all of your siblings are very proud of your bravery.

Can't wait to see you in heaven.
Love, Little Sis Kathy

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 2nd Bn, 4th Marines (2/4) arrived in Chu Lai in May 1965, but initial contacts with the enemy were minimal. OPERATION STARLITE, the first regimental-sized battle for American forces since the Korean War and the first major engagement for 2/4, was an assault against the 1st Viet Cong Regiment's positions on the Van Tuong Peninsula, 15 miles south of the Chu Lai airstrip. Three Marine battalions (2nd Bn 4th Marines, 3rd Bn 3rd Marines, and 3rd Bn 7th Marines) and supporting units were involved.

On 18 August 1965 Mike 3/3 approached the area on foot, while the remaining forces were landed by amphibious and heliborne assault. Hotel 2/4 was landed in the middle of the Viet Cong 60th Battalion's position and immediately surrounded. Two miles north India 3/3 was heavily engaged by another VC battalion. 18 August cost the lives of 50 sailors and Marines, but set the stage for decisively defeating the 1st VC Regiment, killing 614 Viet Cong.

Hotel 2/4 lost 15 men as a result of the day's fighting:

  • GySgt Albert H. Raitt, Neptune City, NJ
  • SSgt James A. Smith, Warsaw, KY
  • Sgt Jerry D. Tharp, Kemp, TX
  • Cpl William W. Nickerson, Sarasota, FL
  • LCpl James R. Brooks, Anderson, SC
  • LCpl James P. Dewitt, Fruita, CO
  • LCpl Eddie L. Landry, Gonzales, LA (Silver Star)
  • LCpl Joe C. Paul, Dayton, OH, DoW 08/19/65 (Medal of Honor)
  • LCpl Mitchell C. Short, Canoga Park, CA
  • LCpl Kenneth D. Stankiewicz, Buffalo, NY (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Bruce J. Henrich, Detroit, MI
  • Pfc Henry C. Jordan, New York, NY
  • Pfc Harry L. Kaus, Dunkirk, NY (Silver Star)
  • Pfc James H. Sawyer, Morgantown, WV
  • Pfc John B. Tette, Rochester, NY

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 Nov 2007
Last updated 11/29/2007