George Franklin MyrickHospitalman
D CO, 1ST BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Navy
19 August 1945 - 17 March 1968
Los Angeles, California
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The database page for George Franklin Myrick
George was my neighbor, my friend and my brother.
From a friend,
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 15 March 1968 elements of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, were operating in "Happy Valley", a dozen miles southwest of Danang. The area was a hotbed of NVA and VC activity and, as the name implies, is characterized by jungle-covered mountains with a valley between them. Over a four-day period - 15 to 18 March - the Battalion lost 17 Marines and one sailor to enemy action:
An accompanying helo landed alongside, and its crew - together with the less-injured men from the 46 - pulled everyone from the helo before it exploded. While the squadron's Command Chronology says that 9 of the 15 medevacs died in the crash the casualty database shows only three - surely a tribute to the few men who went time and again into the burning fuselage to aid those who could not help themselves out of the aircraft.
"You guys are the Marine's doctors -
There's none better in the business
than a Navy Corpsman ..."
-- Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller --
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 May 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009