Lyle Scott TateCorporal
FOXTROT CO, 2ND BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
05 November 1946 - 09 May 1967
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I met Corporal Lyle Scott Tate in August 1966 when we were attached to Golf Co 2nd Bn 3rd Marines north of Dia Loc, some 20 miles south of DaNang. We were then transferred to Hill 65 west of Dia Loc and attached to Fox Co. They put me into an 81mm mortar section and Lyle into one of the platoons. We stayed for 3 months prior to going to the DMZ. Throughout those months and up to April of 1967 I talked to Lyle on several occasions and we become friends. Then came the battle at Khe Sanh.
From April 27th to May 9th 1967 all the companies of 2/3 had major severe battles with NVA. We saw it all and casualites were high. On May 9th Fox Co got into a very bad engagement with an NVA unit. Casualties were adding up extremely high and Fox Co needed help. Echo Co rescued them led by LT James Cannon. A couple days later the whole Battalion was relieved by the 26th Marines and we were taken back to the airstrip at Khe Sanh. It was then when I found out that my friend Lyle was killed. The news put me into a very sad and disheartened mood and at that time I truly realized that I was in a real war. We knew then that the enemy needed not to be taken for granted anymore. It was either kill or be killed. It was then that I changed into a raging animal, and I wanted to kill 'em all.
Thirty five years later at a 2/3 reunion I met Lyle's CO, Lt Patrick G Carrol. He told that Lyle died in his arms from a bullet wound under his arm pit which severed an artery. Lt Carrol tried to stop the bleeding but couldn't and was wounded three times while he laid there with Lyle. Lyle bled to death.
When I look at the 5 pictures I have of Lyle all I think about is how horrible Vietnam was. I will not forget you, Lyle, and I miss you, but someday we'll meet again.
From a fellow Marine,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe Khe Sanh Combat Base sat in a valley just south of the western end of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Vietnam, and was overlooked by peaks rising as high as 2500 feet to the north, west, and southwest. The infamous "Hill Fights" in and on the mountains surrounding the combat base began in early 1967 and eventually grew into the seige of the combat base in 1968. The fighting in the spring of 1967 had two diametrically opposed objectives:
The meeting engagement on the hillside quickly grew into a full-fledged battle fought in difficult terrain largely covered in six-foot-tall elephant grass. By the time the fight ended, Fox 2/3 had lost 22 Marines and 2 Navy Corpsmen, with many more wounded - and the NVA had withdrawn back into the jungles and tall grasses.
With one exception the Marines of Fox 2/3 brought out their dead and wounded: the body of Private Robert J Todd could not be found in the elephant grass. The dead 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 05 Jan 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009