Alan Richard May

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
05 May 1946 - 20 May 1967
Cicero, Illinois
Panel 20E Line 061



Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Alan Richard May

26 Apr 2000

Hi Good Buddy,

I still remember the good times when I double-dated with you and Mary Lou. And spending time at your brother's house. And at the 1st National Bank. I went to Nam in '68-'69. Was with the 1st Infantry Division near Saigon. Still think about you often. Used your name in a short story I wrote that was published on the Web.

The Lord be with you,
Bob Brongiel

14 Sep 2004


Heard from a friend of your. "JC" was his name. John told me you guys were there together at the end. Sent me photos of you and him and others in your platoon. Says he misses you. I do too.

From a friend,
Bob Brongiel

15 Aug 2006

The photo was taken while on liberty in Okinawa. From left to right, the people in the picture are a waitress; Terry Smith; John Vallely; John Creasey; and Al May.

Bob Brongiel
Vernon Hills, Il

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Operation HICKORY in May 1967 was directed at reducing the combat strength and supporting infrastructure of North Vietnamese Army units operating in and south of the DMZ. The Battalion Landing Team built around 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines was inserted on 20 May in the northeastern corner of the HICKORY operating area.

Hotel 2/3 made an opposed air assault into LZ PARROT at YD147773; the opposition was strong enough so that the LZ was closed to further landings until Hotel 2/3 and supporting arms had secured the area. Hotel 2/3 then moved toward its initial objective, a village to the north-northwest at YD144787. The village was fortified and defended by what appeared to be a reinforced NVA platoon, supported by mortars and artillery firing from within the DMZ. The NVA was forced to withdraw by sundown, but the Marines had lost eight men in the intial landing and the subsequent assault. They were

  • A Co, 3rd Eng Bn
    • Pfc Ronald L. Sharar, Orlando, FL, combat engineer with Hotel 2/3

  • Hotel Company:
    • HM3 Donald R. Ellis, Florence, AZ, Corpsman H&S with Hotel 2/3 (Silver Star)
    • Cpl Roy Smith, Birmingham, AL
    • LCpl Edwardo J. Gonzales, Sinton, TX (Silver Star)
    • Pfc Mark R. Lander, Battle Creek, MI
    • Pfc Alan R. May, Cicero, IL
    • Pfc Ronald D. Starr, Martins Ferry, OH
    • Pfc Sandy Zimmerman, Baltimore, MD

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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