Theartis Watts, JrPrivate First Class
3RD PLT, A CO, 1ST BN, 27TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
18 October 1949 - 17 August 1968
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The database page for Theartis Watts, Jr
Today, August 17, 2005, marks the 37th anniversary of the date in which you gave the supreme and ultimate sacrifice for our Country. You served honorably and died gallantly on the field of battle. I was honored to have shared that field of battle with you. You were a member of the "HARD LUCK PLATOON" of Alpha 1/27. That monicker was given to the platoon because it was always being hit by the enemy. You were only 18 years old, like many others, so young, yet so brave. You handled the PRC-25 radio quite well and knew how to call in med-evacs and fire missions on command. Your map reading skills were very good. You were a TRUE MARINE. The NVA ambushed your patrol from across the river. By the time reinforcements arrived, it was too late. Rest In Peace, Bro.
From a platoonmate,
A Note from The Virtual Wall
Both photographs originally were published in The Philadelphia Daily News.
Pfc Theartis Watts is buried in Site 266, Section M, Beverley National Cemetery, Beverley, New Jersey.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009