Gregory Lee YeagerLance Corporal
I CO, 3RD BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
31 August 1948 - 06 September 1967
St Paul, Minnesota
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The database page for Gregory Lee Yeager
Our son Gregory died in Vietnam on Hill 43 close to Thang Binh on Sept 6, 1967. We would like to hear from his friends and comrades who remember him.
Greg was young but was looking forward to a future that was cut short. We remember a big smile and a friendly face. He graduated from Central High School in 1965 in St. Paul.
We miss him still after 40 years.
From his parents,
A Note from The Virtual WallShortly before dawn on 04 Sep 1967 NVA and VC troops attacked US Marines in the Que Son Valley, beginning Operation Swift. As the battle escalated, both sides introduced additional forces. On 6 September two battalions of the 1st VC Regiment attacked the lead company of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. Bravo Company was isolated and nearly overrun before artillery-delivered tear gas drove the enemy back. The nearby 3rd Battalion was heavily engaged a few hours later. When India 3/5 was dispatched to attack an enemy held hill, it was isolated and nearly overrun by the 1st VC Regiment's previously uncommitted 3rd Battalion. Kilo 3/5 was sent to relieve India and, though it eventually fought through, the two-company force couldn't move because of the many casualties. That night, two assaults were repulsed. In a night attack of their own Mike 3/5 broke through to the encircled companies, completing the disruption of the enemy force. By dawn on the 7th the NVA/VC have withdrawn into the surrounding mountains.
One hundred twelve Marines and sailors were dead. The intensity of the fighting can be judged by the fact that three Medals of Honor and three Navy Crosses were awarded posthumously to Marines and sailors who died in the battle. India 3/5 Marines lost 25 men on 06 Sep at Hill 43, about 9 kilometers southwest of Thang Binh:
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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 Jun 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009