Marlin Ladon PriceLance Corporal
G CO, 2ND BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
06 July 1947 - 12 September 1967
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Marlin Price was a good man. I served with him in Hawaii, and we were shipped to Viet Nam together. Marlin was killed a couple of days before I was wounded. He was a gentle, funny man. He loved his family very much. I think of him often, and still miss him.
From a friend,
28 May 2007
Memorial Day, 2007 ... It will soon be 40 years. In my den I have a framed rubbing I took of Marlin's entry on The Wall in Washington. If any kin of Marlin read this, send me an e-mail. Maybe I'll drive down to Alabama and have a beer (or iced tea, or whatever) with you. I am proud to have know Marlin Price.
From a friend and fellow Marine,
Marlin Price and I came from different parts of Birmingham, Alabama. He attended Minor High School and was married to Mary. They were high school sweethearts and married during boot-camp leave. His father was a coalminer and his family lived in a coal mining community that surrounded a commissary or company store.
We met in Boot camp. I noted above that Marlin's service number is 2287508. Mine is 2287490. After leave he and I served together as infantrymen for about a year at the Kaneoi Marine Corps Airbase in Hawaii. Before going to Viet Nam we were given 20 days leave before being sent to Viet Nam. Marlin got 25 days because he was married. It was during leave when we were separated.
He was truly the finest man I have ever known. Did not curse or drink. I never heard him say a negative word toward anyone or raise his voice in anger. He talked fondly of his whole family. Always had a positive spirit. He died trying to save another man's life. I have always felt he deserved to live more than me. He was so much better of a man.
God in Heaven loves Marlin Price. I visited his family after I got back. His mother hugged me and patted me on the chest. She then asked me, "Is my boy in Heaven?" My guilt for living while Marlin died is so great, I have never been able to go back. I live my life every day in hopes that I will someday see him in Heaven. I know with certainty that he is there.
Please forgive me, Mrs. Price, for never coming back to see you.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallGolf 2/9 Marines lost five men on 12 Sep 1967 in an engagement 7 kilometers south-southeast of Con Thien (Hill 158). They were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Feb 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009