Harold Lucerne Zug, Jr

United States Marine Corps
23 September 1944 - 27 August 1968
Fairborn, Ohio
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Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Harold Lucerne Zug, Jr

06 Jun 2007

Sergeant Zug,

Many years after I found that you were killed by the same artillery shells which seriously wounded me that hot and humid evening of 27 Aug 1968 at the Rockpile. Though I was a clueless Pfc your example as a Sergeant of Marines taught me how to be towards my subordinates: fair but tough! I eventually recovered from my most of my external wounds. The unseen ones, I have yet to be overcome.

You gave your all so that we wouldn't "have to."

If only for that those of us who served with you are beholden to you and personally know the measure of a man you are. I say "are" in the present tense, because yet you live is us who remain!

Sooner now than later I know we will meet again to "guard the streets'. Semper Fidelis.

From his squad mate and subordinate,
Art J. Ramirez
138 W. Marion Street, Clute, Texas 77531

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 3/3 Marines' Command Chronology for August 1968 reports that the battalion rear element was at Camp Carroll near Ca Lu, while the bulk of it was in forward company positions near the Rockpile. On 27 August both positions received 130mm artillery fire from NVA positions within the Demilitarized Zone. Ten Marines were killed by the artillery:
  • Near the Rockpile:
    • Sgt Harold L. Zug, Fairborn, OH, Kilo 3/3
    • LCpl Richard A. Brown, Columbus, OH, Kilo 3/3
    • LCpl Peter F. Comacho, Santa Ana, CA, H&S 3/3
    • LCpl Anthony Manganello, Garfield, NJ, Kilo 3/3
    • LCpl Ernest Postorino, Rockville, MD, Kilo 3/3
    • Pfc Daniel P. Droszcz, Chicago, IL, Kilo 3/3
    • Pfc Roger L. Fraker, Hellam, PA, Kilo 3/3

  • 81 Mortars, H&S Co, at Camp Carroll:
    • Cpl Earl J. Blunkall, Nashville, TN
    • LCpl William L. Pitt, Springfield, TN
    • LCpl Robert G. Washburn, California City, CA

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 06 Jun 2007
Last updated 01/14/2010