Victor OhanesianLieutenant Colonel
H&S CO, 2ND BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
16 September 1926 - 01 March 1967
New York, New York
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My name is Michael W. Botello and I am a Marine. I enlisted in the Corps in 1968 when I was 17 and volunteered for Vietam as soon as I turned 18 the following August. I served with H&S 3/5 out of An Hoa moving supplies to field ops and transporting casualties out. I was searching the wall for LtCol Victor Ohanesian's name and could not find it listed.
LtCol Ohanesian was the Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He was fatally wounded by mortar fire on February 28, 1967 during a rescue mission of a Recon Team north of Camp Carroll. LtCol Ohanesian died on March 1, 1967 from his wounds. The details about this incident are listed in a well written book by Edward F. Murphy entitled "The Hill Fights - The First Battle of Khe Sanh" pages 103 to 106. LtCol Ohanesian is also mentioned in two other parts of the book.
LtCol Ohanesian was an outstanding Marine officer and was a wonderful husband and father. I was fortunate and honored to know Mrs. Ohanesian and their children when I returned from Vietnam and discovered that my little sister's best friend was their daughter, Vicky.
Nothing can ever prepare a young Marine for entering into the presence of a natural sense of honor and greatness; royalty, but that's what it was like when I met Mrs. Ohanesian. She was and remains to me Marine Corps Royalty, in the same way Virginia Puller is Marine Corps Royalty.
LtCol Ohanesian was taken from us far too soon in my opinion since his family and our nation were in need of his wisdom and guidance. However, it evidently was not to be since God called him home to command the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines of Heaven's Dream.
Semper Fidelis, LtCol Ohanesian
Michael W. Botello
A Note from The Virtual WallA bitterly fought battle at the end of February 1967, which took place about 5 kilometers northwest of Cam Lo, cost the lives of 28 Marines and sailors:
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a Marine who served under him,
Michael W. Botello
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Jun 2008
Last updated 11/13/2010