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WAYNE ELLSWORTH MARCHAND


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 8 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SSGT Wayne E. Marchand

    Posted on 6/15/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SP5 James Gabriel Jr. and SSGT Wayne E. Marchand were Special Forces infantryman assigned to Detachment A1-213 (Da Nang), C Company, 1ST Special Forces Group, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Vietnam (MAAGV). On April 8, 1962, both soldiers were seized after their training camp was overrun by Viet Cong guerrillas. They were found two days later murdered by their capturers. The following is an account of the battle from the Friday, April 20, 1962 edition of Time magazine which reported this story under the title ‘South Viet Nam: We Are Being Overrun': The first Americans to die in battle against the Communist Viet Cong guerrillas fell in a remote valley of South Viet Nam last week. Scene of the struggle was a jungle clearing outside An Chau, a village 360 miles north of Saigon. There, Sergeants James Gabriel and Wayne E. Marchand were drilling 31 local Vietnamese volunteers in a two-week field exercise. All went well until the third night of the exercise. Suddenly at 10 PM, there was a rustling in the saw grass across a nearby river. Concerned, Sgt. Gabriel fired warning shots, sent up flares in the direction of the noise. For a long time there was silence. Then came what sounded like a dog's bark. From a different direction, a cock crowed. At last came the tap of a bamboo tocsin, and the VC came running out of the dark. This first attack was quickly repulsed, but shortly after daybreak the guerrillas came back in earnest. “I saw SGT Gabriel phoning and shooting and changing clips all at the same time,” said a Vietnamese villager. “Three times he was wounded and knocked down. The third time he didn't get up.” Before he fell, Gabriel radioed a final message to the U.S. base at Da Nang seven miles away: “Under heavy attack from all sides. Completely encircled by enemy...ammunition expended. We are being overrun.” When 20 Americans rushed down from Da Nang in helicopters, they found the bodies of Gabriel and Marchand, hands tied behind their backs with their shirts, each shot in the back of the head. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and ‘South Viet Nam: We Are Being Overrun.' Time, April 20, 1962]
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  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 4/8/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

    Dear SSGT Wayne Ellsworth Marchand, 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, for those who love you, and for the Sgt's son.



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



    Curt Carter (son of Sgt. Ardon William Carter, 101st Airborne, died February 4, 1966, South Vietnam)


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  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/3/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Wayne is buried at Lafayette Cemetery, Brock, Nemaha County, NE.
  • Family Update

    Posted on 6/4/11 - by Charlene Marchand jcmarchand146@cox.net
    Went to the traveling wall today with son, Dan. Brought back lots of memories. As you know your parents,brothers and sisters but one has joined you in heaven. Some event always brings back your memory. Till next time.
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  • Too Wounded to Walk, 2 Are Slain by Guerrillas, Stars and Stripes, April 11, 1962

    Posted on 12/15/10 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    DA NANG, Republic of Vietnam (AP) – Communist guerrillas killed two captured U.S. Army sergeants because they were too badly wounded to walk any farther, the survivors of a jungle ambush reported Wednesday. The Americans’ arms had been bound behind them. Vietnamese patrols and air forces were still searching the jungle area 45 miles east of the Laos frontier for two other American army sergeants who were captured in the attack on a bivouac Sunday. The U.S. Army identified the slain soldiers as Staff Sgt. Wayne E. Marchand of Plattsmouth Neb., and SP5 James Gabriel of Honolulu. The two missing men are SFC Francis Quinn of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Sgt. George E. Groom of Stewartsville, Mo. All four soldiers were members of an Army Special Forces unit which specializes in anti-guerrilla warfare and were engaged in training village self-defense group. Survivors told U.S. authorities the two slain Americans were seriously wounded in the attack by Viet
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