Islam Ozger
Private First Class
I CO, 3RD BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
New York, New York
July 12, 1947 to April 05, 1969
ISLAM OZGER is on the Wall at Panel W27, Line 16

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Islam Ozger
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27 Jan 2008

You were apart of the "3rd Herd" when you started your life as a Marine. Platoon 3008, Parris Island, South Carolina. There were 82 of us in that "Herd". It was the start of the toughest 12 weeks of our lives as we saw it then. The reality of it was it was preparation for the tough times to come and the initiation in to the Brotherhood of Warriors. Six of our guys sacrificed all. One of these six Heroes was you. You are always in our hearts and we speak your name so you are never forgotten. The world has changed its attitude towards the Vietnam Vets but our Brotherhood has never wavered. We have held each other in love and esteem. We have held a special place in our hearts for you ... our fallen brother. Rest in Peace, my Marine Corps brother. Until we meet again in Heaven, I know that God has watched over your loved ones and kept them in His loving embrace.

From a fellow Marine and Boot Camp buddy,
Richard Booker
505 South 3rd Street, Colwyn, Pa. 19023
warmdaddy8850_547@msn.com


 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 05 April 1969 India, Kilo, and Lima Companies, 3/1 Marines, were conducting sweeps in Quang Nam Province. At 1120, Lima began a river crossing and found themselves taking fire from a treeline on the opposite side of the river. India 3/1 was in a position to take the enemy in the flank and proceeded to do so - but by 1330 had found the enemy well entrenched and willing to fight. India 3/1 pressed the attack and by 1500 had forced the NVA to withdraw, leaving 72 bodies behind. The assault had been costly, though, with 9 men killed and 32 wounded in the action - and one of the wounded died later in the day. The dead were
  • 2ndLt Steven E. Donaldson, Peabody, MA
  • 2ndLt William S. Geary, Roslyn, PA
  • HM3 William E. Boone, Tuskegee, AL (H&S with India 3/1)
  • LCpl Stephen A. Daniel, Waco, TX
  • LCpl Paul R. Le Houllier, Somersworth, NH (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Richard T. Leavell, Jeffersonville, IN
  • Pfc Robert C. Lira, Indio, CA
  • Pfc Willie L. Lowe, Louisville, KY
  • Pfc Islam Ozger, New York, NY
  • Pfc Richard W. Perdue, Rocky Mount, VA
3/1 suffered another loss as well - LCpl Jimmie L. Forrest of Winona, MS, assigned to Kilo 3/1, was hit and killed by a bomb fragment during an air strike on a separate group of NVA soldiers.

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