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  • Final Mission of CPL Vilis Lisments

    Posted on 1/17/18 - by
    On November 22, 1965, a platoon of LVTP-5 amphibious tractors from B Company, 1st Amtrac Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, was operating in the coastal waters off Quang Nam Province, RVN. The platoon split into two sections and headed in different directions, each with predetermined drop-off points where they were to sweep local villages for enemy presence. The conditions in the water were very windy, and the vehicles battled a strong current as they traversed the mouth of the Ca De River. One of the tractors, B-3-1, lost power when its engine was swamped by water. Unable to restart the motor, another track maneuvered over and hooked a tow cable to assist the crippled 40-ton tractor. The line then broke, and B-3-1 sank. Nine Marines were drowned in the incident. The lost Marines included PFC Barry F. Andersen, PFC Michael A. Beringer, LCPL Richard R. Bigley, PFC John D. Campbell, PFC Darell G. Freeman, CPL Billy W. Hedge, CPL Vilis Lisments, SSGT Moses C. Tabor, and LCPL Richard G. Wick. Navy divers recovered the remains of Andersen, Bigley, Freeman, Hedge, Lisment, and Wick on December 16, 1965. Tabor’s remains were recovered December 21st. B-3-1 was pulled from the water several weeks later. [Taken from and information provided by Charles Caldwell (January 2018)]
  • CPL Vilis Lisments, USMC

    Posted on 6/15/16 - by Jim McIlhenney
    Marine Corps Recruit Depot
    San Diego, CA
    Second Battalion
    Platoon 236


    Commenced Training: 18 June 1963
    Graduated : 28 August 1963

    SGT L. West - Platoon Commander
    SGT R.L. Robertson - Junior Drill Instructor

    One other member of Platoon 236 was KIA in Viet Nam.
    LCPL Ignacio Almanzar Jr. - San Elizario, TX

    Semper Fidelis, Marine!

  • To 'Willy" lets be honest , none of us had ever known a "Vilis"

    Posted on 11/3/15 - by Charles V. Caldwell
    We first met playing football for the AmTrac Bn. team, fall 1964. remained close, were aboard the same LST - San Diego/Okinawa Aug/Sept '65,and the same ship to Vietnam, arriving Nov 18th. We talked long into the night/morning of the 21st/22nd. Early on the 22nd the plt split into two sections, tractors 3-1 thru 3-5 went one way and 3-6 thru 3-10 another. Willy was on 3-1 and I was on 3-9. the two sections rejoined each other later that morning which was when I learned of his death.

    It will be 50 years, NOV 22nd. No disrespect to JFK, but my thoughts on that day are with Willy. I intend to be at his gravesite Nov 22nd, This is one Marine that considers his friendship very special. RIP
  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 11/22/13 - by A Marine Corporal, Vietnam
    Semper Fi Corporal.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/31/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL Vilis Lisments, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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