John Paul Klabunde

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
05 August 1946 - 06 September 1967
Omaha, Nebraska
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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24 Jun 2007

John Paul Klabunde, Omaha, Nebraska, Lance Corporal USMC, Killed in Action at the young age of 21. Never have I met a truer hero, a gentleman, kind and loving.

I know I'm not the only one who misses John, but I know I will never forget him. When someone special touches your heart you never forget. Rest in peace, dear John. I pray we meet again. -R.S. 2007

From his girlfriend,
Rebecca Samuels

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Operation KINGFISHER, the name given to one of the continuing efforts to block North Vietnamese Army units moving from the DMZ into eastern Quang Tri Province, ran from mid-July through October 1967. During that time, the Marines suffered 340 men killed in action and almost 1500 wounded while confirming over 1100 dead from the various NVA units engaged.

At the beginning of September the NVA made a concerted effort to isolate and capture the Marine outpost at Con Thien (Hill 158), just south of the DMZ. The result was a series of bitter engagements around the hill. One such engagement on 06 Sep pitted Echo and Hotel Companies, 2/9 Marines against an NVA battalion. While the Marines held, they lost eight men:

  • E Company:
    • Sgt Donald R. Ward, Silver Spring, MD
    • Cpl Mack P. Mohamed, New York, NY
    • LCpl Donald R. Henry, Dillsboro, IN
    • LCpl John P. Klabunde, Omaha, NE

  • H Company:
    • Cpl David B. LeFever, Norristown, PA
    • LCpl Robert Mason, Greeneville, TN
    • LCpl Allison L. Thomas, Atlanta, GA
    • LCpl Michael J. Tomasek, New York, 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 24 Jun 2007
Last updated 02/17/2008