Francisco Albert Mazariegos

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
29 December 1947 - 27 June 1967
Tampa, Florida
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3RD MAF&nsbp; 3RD MARDIV&nsbp; Combined Action Program
Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign Frank A Mazariegos

The database page for Francisco Albert Mazariegos

10 Feb 1999

Frank wrote this in Vietnam:

"Look, God, I have never spoken to You
But now I want to say, "How do You do"

You see God, they told me you didn't exist
And like a fool, I believed all of this

Last night from a shell hole I saw Your sky
I figured right then they had told me a lie

Had I taken the time to see the things You made,
I'd have known they weren't calling a spade a spade

I wonder, God if you'd shake my hand
Somehow, I feel you will understand

Funny, I had to come to this hellish place
Before I had time to see Your face

Well, I guess there isn't much more to say
But I'm sure glad, God, I met You today

I guess the zero hour will soon be here
But I'm not afraid since I know You're near

The signal! Well, God, I'll have to go
I like You lots, this I want You to know

Look now - this will be a terrible fight
Who knows, I may come to Your House tonight

Though I wasn't friendly with You before
I wonder, God, if You'd wait at Your Door?

Look, I'm crying, me - shedding tears
I wish I had known You these many years

Well, I will have to go now, God, Good-bye
Strange - since I met You I'm not afraid to die"

Frank Albert Mazariegos

A sniper's bullet found its mark on June 27th.
The Door opened.

From Frank's sister,

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The Khe Sanh Combat Base drew enemy artillery and mortar fire on a continuing basis, and tracking down and destroying the enemy positions was an equally continuous activity on the part of the Marines. On 27 June 1967 the Combined Action Company at Khe Sanh sent a patrol to Hill 689, 4 kilometers west of the combat base, to look for suspected mortar sites.

As the patrol reached the crest of Hill 689 they encountered a much larger NVA force and were ejected from the hilltop with two dead and two men missing in action. India 3/26, which was returning from an overnight patrol, was diverted to Hill 689 to assist the CAC OSCAR Marines. The Company Commander sent the 1st and 2nd Platoons up the hill on slightly divergent courses, intending to take the NVA from two directions. Both platoons encountered heavy enemy fire and the remainder of India 3/26 moved in to assist. At the same time, Lima 3/26 was lifted into the area. By 1930 the crest of Hill 689 had been cleared of NVA and India and Lima joined to form a consolidated night defensive position.

Both MIAs from CAC OSCAR had been found dead, and the 3/26 Marines lost 14 men in the engagement - a total of 18 Americans killed in the action. A week later LCpl Charles Gattis died from wounds received on Hill 689, raising the toll to 19 men. The Virtual Wall can identify only 18 of the 19; the "missing man" is suspected to one of two artillerymen from A Btry, 1/13 Marines who died at Khe Sanh on the 27th ... but we cannot prove it. The 18 are

  • Combined Action Company OSCAR (Khe Sanh)
  • H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 26th Marines
  • I Co, 3rd Bn, 26th Marines
    • 2ndLt Dale C. Allen, Deshler, OH (2nd Platoon Commander)
    • SSgt Donald P. Hamilton, Alicia, AR
    • Cpl Anthony Dicesare, Trenton, NJ
    • Cpl Richard L. Walker, Pikesville, MD
    • Cpl Stephen G. Wassenich, Dayton, OH
    • LCpl Jeffrey J. David, Camp Hill, PA
    • LCpl Charles M. Gattis, Crete, IL (DoW 07/05/1967)
    • LCpl Alejandro R. Godinez, Los Angeles, CA
    • LCpl Freddie L. Johnson, Sandersville, GA
    • LCpl Kenneth A. Millard, Long Beach, CA

  • L Co, 3rd Bn, 26th Marines
    • Capt Franklin D. Bynum, Columbus, GA (Company Commander)
    • Pfc Fredrick J. Brenke, St Peter, MN
    • Pfc William J. Williams, Elizabethton, TN

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Feb 1999
Last updated 08/10/2009