|3rd Battalion / 26th Marines Vietnam Tour of Duty|
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was September 1967.
3rd Battalion, 26th Marines would fight two major engagements early in that month,
suffering almost 350 casualties — four out of 10 Marines killed
or wounded in a battle against a
reinforced regiment of battle hardened, NVA regulars.
The NVA's 812th Regiment was estimated to have fielded 3000
soldiers against 3/26's under strength battalion, outnumbering
them by more than 3 to 1. The first shots were fired on
September 7th and the Marines, who were trained to run towards
the sound of gunfire, would stay engaged in a life and death
struggle with the enemy for the next 4 days until finally on the
10th, a severely battered enemy was forced to withdraw.
There was no
significant air support for the
embattled Marines until the final day. No
reinforcements were ever sent...
During the entire month of September, 3/26 suffered a
total of 55 killed, 434 wounded in what was to be the
deadliest month in the Battalion's history.
These actions took place just south of the DMZ in an
area that became known as 'Leatherneck Square,' a quadrangle just below the
Ben Hai River, which marked the boundary between North and South
Vietnam. (see the
3/26 Command Chronologies for a detailed, day-by-day account
of our entire Vietnam tour of duty.)
The 26th Marine
one of the most highly decorated units to serve in the Vietnam
conflict.. Awarded the
Citation, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Award,
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Award,
and other special citations while fighting in some of
the fiercest battles under extremely difficult
conditions. You (or one of your relatives) were a part
of that experience and deserve to have your stories
that history by adding your
photos and experiences to
our archives. If you're like most of us, you came home
to a world that only wanted to forget about the war, and
now after 40 years, all you have left are a few old,
grainy photos and fading memories. Someday your
grandchildren will be asking,
grand-dad do in the war?"
The purpose of this website is to help answer their
send comments to webmaster,
Bill Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org
The 3/26 Project
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Why you should
Many veterans or the families of veterans who served in 3/26
have no photos to record their Vietnam service. Over time,
pictures became lost or none were ever taken.
By sharing your photos on this site,
not only are we able to highlight your service to our country,
but theirs as well.
families who have lost a loved one, or to those of us who
survived but have no pictures, finding one now, after all
these years makes it a priceless possession.