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is honored on Panel 57W, Line 26 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • We Remember, 50 years

    Posted on 7/6/18 - by D. Roberts, LtCol. USMC (ret)
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We remember him.

    Semper fi,
  • Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

    Posted on 4/25/18 - by
    On June 15, 1968 during Operation Marmeluke Thrust in Quang Nam Province, RVN, Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), became heavily engaged with a large enemy force and sustained several casualties. As the company prepared to evacuate its wounded, a friendly artillery round impacted nearby, killing the company commander CPT Henry Kolakowski Jr., platoon commander 2LT William G. Ross, company gunnery sergeant GSGT William F. Gunset, and machine gunner PFC Gary C. Seymour. Although seriously wounded by fragments from the same errant round, 1LT Joseph T. Campbell realized that he was his unit's only remaining officer and refused medical aid in order to assume command of the company. Despite his weakened condition due to the loss of blood, he ensured that a landing zone was secured and selflessly directed the evacuation of the other casualties. When the medical evacuation helicopter arrived and immediately came under intense enemy ground fire, 1LT Campbell fearlessly moved among his men to direct suppressive fire on the hostile positions, enabling the helicopter to extract the casualties. Ignoring his weakened condition, he directed a second helicopter into the zone to complete the emergency medical evacuation. He subsequently succumbed to his wounds before he could be evacuated. [Taken from and 1LT Campbellā€™s Navy Cross citation]
  • A great leader of men

    Posted on 9/29/17 - by Mel Irvin
    I served under then 1st Lieutenant Kolakowski at Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, California from 1964 until 1965 when I volunteered to leave for deployment with 1st. Combat Engineer Battalion in Chu Lai, RVN. He was one of the finest quality Marine officers and human beings I ever met or served under. When I heard of his death, I grieved.

    Veteran Sgt Mel Irvin, USMC
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/15/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Henry Kolakowski Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • From Glen

    Posted on 1/7/16 - by Glen younglove
    We never meet sir however I married your cousin Barb . Sir I am so very proud to be in your family . Perhaps we will me someday until then I salute you and all the men that fell with you and served with you . From the tributes here you one he'll of a man . Drive on SIR
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