Peter Ray WilleyPrivate First Class
H&S CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
05 January 1948 - 15 January 1968
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The database page for Peter Ray Willey
Peter Willey, who spent his younger days in Huron, Ohio, volunteered for the Marines right out of high school and went to boot camp at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, the summer of 1967. His brother, Ted, who now lives in Colorado, said Pete lost 58 pounds in boot camp and then left for Vietnam that September. After he went overseas, his family sent packages of "goodies" to Pete and his friends, but Pete gave his goodies to the Vietnamese children. He loved children, Ted said, and spent most of his free time with them.
Pete was 20 years and 10 days old on Jan. 15, 1968, when he was killed instantly in action. He was with his company on patrol in Thua Thien Province when the company became engaged in an intense firefight. He was killed by a mortar round which landed in his position. His commanding officer sent the family a personal letter, describing his unbelievable character and bravery.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/10/2009