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is honored on Panel 1E, Line 107 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of CPL Lowell H. Merrell

    Posted on 10/1/17 - by
    On April 23, 1965, a 1st Force Recon Company patrol conducted a landing of a reconnaissance team at a small beach at the confluence of the Son Bon Tran River in Quang Nam Province, RVN, when it was engaged by an estimated 25 Viet Cong enemy combatants upon insertion. The patrol was able to withdraw under fire to the LCVP landing craft, but two sailors and one Marine were killed in the action. TM3 William R. Fuhrman was the .30 caliber gunner on the boat and was credited with saving Marines’ lives at the cost of his own. EN2 Richard H. Langford kept the boat running and returned fire until he too was killed by enemy fire. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions. CPL Lowell H. Merrell was the only member of the seven-man recon team lost in the engagement. He was wounded by Viet Cong rifle fire after being inserted onto a beach and was hit again as CPL Dennis Taylor carried him back to a boat. Merrell died from wounds to chest, shoulder, and leg. A Marine camp on China Beach one mile south of Marble Mountain Air Facility was named after him. He had escaped from a similar attack two days previously. [Taken from,, and information provided by David R. Sanchez at (September 2001); also the book “U.S. Marines In Vietnam: The Landing And The Buildup, 1965” by Dr. Jack Shulimson and MAJ Charles M. Johnson]
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/27/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Corporal Lowell Howard Merrell, Served the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
  • Semper Fi, Corporal.

    Posted on 4/23/14 - by A Marine - Vietnam
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/23/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL Lowell Howard Merrell, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/12/11 - by Robert Sage
    Lowell is buried at Crooked Creek Cemetery, Faxon, Benton County,TN.
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