Maurice Joseph O'Callaghan

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
27 December 1946 - 21 April 1967
Iselin, New Jersey
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Maurice J O'Callaghan

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Maurice Joseph O'Callaghan

15 Sep 2002


by a classmate,
Sharon Nelson - Zimmermann
E-mail address is not available.
27 Apr 2004

I feel I know this man personally, even though I never met him. This is unfortunate, I wish I had. Approximately a month or so ago I took on the project of writing his biography. The loss of this young man is tragic and devastating. He had a lot to offer. He will always be remembered, valued, and missed. I suggest you take some time to learn more about his life.

Kristen I. McDonald

31 May 2004

I remember Maurice O'Callaghan from JFK High School in Iselin, NJ. We were in the same Latin class and I must admit I had a crush on him. He was the shy, special boy with the Irish accent who I admired. He was kind and considerate and I will never forget him.

Many years have passed, but his ultimate sacrifice for this country, and my thoughts of him will be with me forever.

From a high school classmate,
Carole (Moroz) Weber
Edison, NJ 08817

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, manned an outpost on a hill at Nui Loc Son, running daily (and nightly) patrols to deny the valley below to the enemy.

On 21 Apr 1967, most of the company set out on a daylight patrol that took them into the village of Binh Son. As the Marines approached across the rice paddies they were ambushed by a dug-in VC Main Force battalion that enjoyed a clear line of fire across level land with little cover ... Fox 2/1 had run into a hornet's nest. Fourteen Marines were killed and 18 others wounded early in the fight, which continued until other elements of the 1st Marines and the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, arrived and flanked the VC from their fortifications.

By the time Fox 2/1 was relieved they had lost 26 men - 27, actually, including artillery Forward Observer Corporal Eddie Austin (B Btry, 1/11 Marines).

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