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is honored on Panel 2E, Line 58 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of CPL William C. Laidlaw

    Posted on 2/3/18 - by
    Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major regimental-size offensive action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War. The operation was a plan to launch a pre-emptive strike against a Viet Cong regiment to nullify the threat on the vital Chu Lai Air Base and Base Area and ensure its powerful communication tower remained intact. On August 18, 1965, the first day of the operation, C Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, III MAF, reported that two of their tanks were extensively damaged after they were involved in a very close and intense battle with the Viet Cong near Van Tuong. The tanks were damaged by anti-tank rockets, 81mm mortars, 57mm recoilless rifles, and well-aimed small arms fire. Company C reported one Marine killed in action, CPL William C. Laidlaw, and seven other Marines wounded. Company B, 1st Tank Battalion reported one flame tank was damaged and four crewmen were wounded. [Taken from and]

    Posted on 2/24/17 - by JAMES STRAUB STRAUBEE1@YAHOO.COM
    CPL William C Laidlaw is resting at Central Cemetery, Randolph, MA

  • Semper Fidelis

    Posted on 8/18/15 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Semper Fidelis, Corporal.
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear CPL William Clive Laidlaw, sir,

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

    With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

    Curt Carter

  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 8/18/09 - by R. H. Wyatt
    Semper Fi Marine
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