Jack Shively Swender

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
14 February 1943 - 18 December 1965
Kansas City, Kansas
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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14 Nov 2007

Hi, Uncle,

Even though I have never met you I thought I would write a little something here for you. All I remember about you is what dad has told me about you, that you would give him fits and cause him trouble. I met Tom Miller about 20 years ago. He also told me a little about you, how sometimes how when you didn't have some supplies you needed you would always find them somewhere. I have also met the First Sergeant of Fox Company at the time of your loss. He's a typical Marine through and through. One thing before I go - dad has told me several times and a few of his friends that the only reason you joined the Marines is because he did. Well, I guess I know where I get some of my stubbornness from. I hope by doing this I might hear from some of your buddies.

From his nephew,
Cletis R. Swender

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 18 December 1965 the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines and 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines were engaged in Operation HARVEST MOON in Quang Nam Province. The 2/7 Marines were moving toward the hamlet of Ky Phu in a battalion column march. At about 1300 both the head and the tail of the column began receiving heavy mortar and automatic weapons fire. The 2/7 Marines deployed and assaulted the enemy, who were well dug in and apparently planned to stay and fight it out. It took the Marines four hours of heavy fighting to eject the 80th VC Battalion from Ky Phu; when the VC withdrew they left 105 bodies and numerous weapons on the battlefield. Eleven Marines were killed in the action, and three more died later from wounds received:
  • F Co, 2nd Bn, 7th Marines
  • G Co, 2nd Bn, 7th Marines
  • H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 7th Marines
    • Cpl Donald D. Karlin, Wichita, KS
    • Cpl William V. Moss, Chappaqua, NY
    • Cpl Joseph E. Nimiroski, Attleboro, MA
    • LCpl Vernon E. Holland, Lexington, KY
    • LCpl Ernest F. Losoya, Salinas, CA
    • LCpl Jack S. Swender, Kansas City, KS
    • Pfc Melvin L. Frontella, Mountain View, CA

  • H Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines
    • Capt Paul L. Gormley, Dracut, MA
    • LCpl Robert J. Wilkins, St Charles, MO (Silver Star)

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Nov 2007
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