Robert Theodore Marmie

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
16 March 1946 - 10 August 1969
Columbus, Ohio
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Theodore Marmie

10 Feb 2006

Bobby is my cousin. I really didn't know him that well, since I grew up in Cincinnati and he was from Columbus.

I do remember him being a fun cousin! Whenever he would visit, he'd throw the kids around in the pool and we loved it!

Robert Mayman, Jr

Notes from The Virtual Wall Note

During the summer of 1969 the North Vietnamese Army made repeated attempts to drive Allied forces from the heights of Mutter's Ridge, which formed a portion of the southern boundary of the DMZ. According to the Command Chronology for the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines on 10 August Echo Company, 2/3 Marines, lost 19 men in heavy fighting near Hill 484.

On the night of 09/10 August the 3rd Platoon, Echo 2/3 and the attached portion of the 81mm Mortar Platoon, H&S 2/3 established a night defensive position near Hill 484. At 0415 on 10 August the position was attacked from three sides by NVA regulars. Although the NDP perimeter was breached the Marines held out and the NVA withdrew - but only to reorganize. At 0615 the NVA attacked again, this time under cover of a heavy mortar barrage. Once again, the Marines held and the NVA withdrew. At 1015 on 10 October, reinforcements from Alpha Company 1/3 Marines began to arrive. As noted, by that time the men from 2nd Platoon Echo 2/3 and the Mortar Platoon elements had incurred 19 men killed in action and 75 wounded - in effect, every man in the NDP was dead or injured.

While the 2/3 Chronology reports 19 Killed in Action, The Virtual Wall thinks there were 21 - one man from Alpha 1/3 was killed later on 10 August, and one man from 1/12 Marines was killed. The 1/12 Marine is believed to have been an Artillery forward observer team member; 1/12 was in support of Echo 2/3 that day. The 21 dead were

  • HQ Btry, 1st Bn, 12th Marines
    • Pfc Reginald M. Sater, Eau Gallie, FL

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marines
    • Sgt Alberto T. Anzaldua, Santa Rosa, TX (Silver Star)

  • E Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines
    • SSgt Charles B. Seminara, Syracuse, NY (Silver Star)
    • LCpl Lawrence K. Dowd, Bridgewater, MA (Silver Star)
    • LCpl Stephen Glowe, Detroit, MI
    • LCpl Dale S. Wilkinson, Lighthouse Point, FL
    • Pfc Joseph L. Hesson, Pennsauken, NJ
    • Pfc Richard A. Johnson, Wallingford, CT
    • Pfc Peter F. Kristof, Medfield, MA
    • Pfc Robert T. Marmie, Columbus, OH
    • Pfc Ronald R. Ozimek, Depew, NY
    • Pfc Charles A. Poe, Las Vegas, NV
    • Pfc Lindsay C. Turner, Edgemoor, SC (Silver Star)
    • Pfc Luther Walker, Johnston, SC
    • Pfc Brian E. Wolfe, Oxnard, CA

  • H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines
    • LCpl Sam Catalano, Pueblo, CO
    • Pfc William R. Dickey, Mentor, OH
    • Pfc Donald L. Elliott, Springfield, MA
    • Pfc James G. Hilliard, Tampa, FL
    • Pfc Michael J. Mooney, Long Beach, CA
    • Pfc Michael F. Sheridan, Atglen, PA

As noted, PFC Bobby Marmie was one of the Marines who died that day. He, and the other men who died during the Mutter's Ridge battles of 10 August and 17/18 September, are listed on the

The Virtual Wall's Mutter's Ridge Memorial

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