George Alfred Nash, Jr

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
19 January 1948 - 06 September 1967
Valparaiso, Indiana
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for George Alfred Nash, Jr

09 Nov 2004


by a friend.
William H. Wills III
17 Dec 2004

George was a personal friend during our time with the 5th Marines' Scout/Snipers. We laughed and played together when the opportunity presented itself. I'll always remember him as an outstanding Marine and a valued member of our platoon. His recently deceased mother adopted the platoon after his death, and made our time much more bearable after his death. To George and his family, I have the utmost respect and honor to have been his friend and fellow Marine in some very trying times. I love you George, and may you rest in peace forever.

From a friend,
Ken Barden
1514 Eastover Drive, Jackson, Ms 39211

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Shortly before dawn on 04 Sep 1967 NVA and VC troops attacked US Marines in the Que Son Valley, beginning Operation Swift. As the battle escalated, both sides introduced additional forces. On 6 September two battalions of the 1st VC Regiment attacked the lead company of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. Bravo Company was isolated and nearly overrun before artillery-delivered tear gas drove the enemy back. The nearby 3rd Battalion was heavily engaged a few hours later. When India 3/5 was dispatched to attack an enemy held hill, it was isolated and nearly overrun by the 1st VC Regiment's previously uncommitted 3rd Battalion. Kilo 3/5 was sent to relieve India and, though it eventually fought through, the two-company force couldn't move because of the many casualties. That night, two assaults were repulsed. In a night attack of their own Mike 3/5 broke through to the encircled companies, completing the disruption of the enemy force. By dawn on the 7th the NVA/VC had withdrawn into the surrounding mountains.

One hundred seven Marines were dead. The intensity of the fighting can be judged by the fact that three Medals of Honor and three Navy Crosses were awarded posthumously to Marines and sailors who died in the battle.

  • Bravo 1/5: 21 dead
  • Delta 1/5: 27 dead
  • H&S 1/5: 8 dead
  • India 3/5: 25 dead
  • Kilo 3/5: 4 dead
  • Mike 3/5: 17 dead
  • H&S 3/5: 4 dead
  • HQ Co, 5th Marines: 1 dead
  • 2/11 Marines: 1 dead (arty FO)

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