Remembering an American HeroPosted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear American Hero,
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 (son of Sgt Ardon William Carter, 101st Airborne, February 4, 1966, South Vietnam)
We RememberPosted on 7/10/11 - by Robert Sage email@example.comCharles is buried at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn, Middlesex County,MA.
We served togetherPosted on 9/19/06 - by D. Crider former SGT USMC firstname.lastname@example.orgWe served together at Marine Barracks, Treasure Island San Francisco Ca.
A memorial flag and plaque is now there in his honor.
Never ForgottenPosted on 2/28/06 - by Bill Nelson email@example.comFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
An American heroPosted on 2/23/06 - by Arnold M. Huskins MORE
THE VERY LAST CASUALTIES OF THE VIETNAM WARPosted on 1/1/06 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM
THE VERY LAST CASUALTIES OF THE VIETNAM WAR
CHARLES McMAHON JR :
Since arriving at the Defense Attache Office on 16 April 1975, Marine Security Guards
Lance Corporal Darwin Judge of Marshalltown, Iowa,
Corporal Charles McMahon, Jr., of Woburn, Massachusetts,
were primarily responsible for assisting evacuees during processing and manning security posts.
A steady stream of American, Vietnamese and foreign national evacuees had passed through the DAO compound, but as the advancing North Vietnamese Army gradually tightened the noose around Saigon, the pressure was beginning to mount.
Sergeant Doug Potratz and his family were among the multitudes seeking safe passage to American soil.
Throughout his last month in-country, Potratz displayed an unerring knack for making crucial decisions on particularly ominous occasions.
He married his Vietnamese girlfriend on 4 April - the same day Da Nang fell to the communsts.
He then arrived at Tan Son Nhut Air Base with his wife and 4-year-old stepdaughter the same day South Vietnamese President Ngyen Van Thieu resigned from office on 21 April.
Frustrated by red tape, endless hours of waiting and fruitless attempts at securing a flight out of the country, " I was ready to scream," Potratz recalled. " Judge came up to me and said, ' Sergeant Potratz, I know the guy who fills out the plane manifest. Give me the paperwork, and I'll get your family on the next flight out.'"
Displaying typical Marine resourcefulness, Judge returned a few minutes later, picked up Potratz's stepdaughter and a suitcase, and escorted the family to the plane. " That was the last time I saw Darwin Judge alive," Potratz said. " He was my hero that day."
The days and hours leading up to 29 April were becoming increasingly tense and as one Marine Security Guard described, " full of action, boredom and turmoil."
Responsible for posting the guard that night was Sergeant Kevin Maloney, who, like McMahon, spoke with a thick Bostonian accent.
The two Massachusetts natives were originally scheduled for midnight watch at Post 1 - a position at the DAO compound's outer gate - but buddies Judge and McMahon requested to be posted together.
" I reasoned that no real action would occur until morning [and that] I should be where the action was," said Maloney.
At midnight, McMahon and Judge relieved Lance Corporal Bill English, who, like a somnambulist, trudged to his rack and settled down for a well-deserved rest.
Less than four hours later, the base came under attack by North Vietnamese rockets launched from nearby positions.
Grabbing their weapons and gear, English and his fellow Marines scrambled to reach bunkers located outside the building.
They soon discovered that Post 1 had taken a direct hit, and that both McMahon and Judge had been killed.
Unknown to the Marine Security Guards at the time, Judge and McMahon had become the last United States servicemembers to die in combat on Vietnamese soil.
Because Judge and McMahon exemplified the Marine spirit - exhibiting compassion and professionalism during a bleak, extremely confusing period - they remain both admired and honored by the Marine Security Guards who served in Saigon.
One man who can testify to this is Potratz, who still remembers the actions of a young lance corporal, on his behalf, 25 years ago this month.
" If it weren't for the 'Darwin Judges' and the 'Charles McMahons'," he reflected, " thousands of Americans and Vietnamese would not have made it out of the country and lived a fuller life."
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THE LAST CASUALTIES
SERGEANT STEVEN A. DAVIS
Transcribed from the
MAGAZINE OF THE MARINES
Thursday 27 June 2002
Who Shall We SendPosted on 5/5/05 - by Dave Avery firstname.lastname@example.org"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."MORE
Facta Non Verba
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 4/29/05 - by Bob RossDo not stand at my grave and weepMORE
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye – 1932
Thank you Corporal McMahonPosted on 9/2/03 - by Donald LytleAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Charles McMahon, Jr., for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you Corporal Charles McMahon, Jr., for a job well done!
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND
IN MEMORY OF C. McMAHON Jr. & D. JUDGEPosted on 5/26/0326 MAY 03. FORMER CIVILIAN WITH DEFENSE ATTACHE OFFICE SAIGON. MY WIFE, 2 CHILDREN AND I, LEFT SAIGON IN APRIL 75. THOSE MARINES HELPED MAKE IT POSSIBLE. I ALWAYS REMBER THEIR LOSS. I'M NOW A CONTRACTOR WITH MARINES IN AL-JABER, KUWAIT.MORE
D. R. "BUTCH" COLE
MISSING MY COUSINPosted on 10/20/02 - by Danielle McMahonCHARLIE I MISS YOU!MORE
I AM SEARCHING FOR CHARLIE'S BROTHER SCOTT MCMAHON. HE IS MY COUSIN AND I HAVE NOT SEEN HIM IN YEARS. HE IS RETIRED FROM THE MARINES.
SCOTT IF YOU'RE OUT THERE PLEASE CONTACT DANIELLE OR SUSAN, WE MISS YOU
THE VERY LAST CASUALTIES OF THE VIETNAM WARPosted on 6/27/02 - by CLAY MARSTONCORPORALMORE
CHARLES McMAHON JR
served with the
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
MARINE SECURITY GUARD
DEFENSE ATTACHE OFFICE
SAIGON, SOUTH VIETNAM
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For informaton about the final days of
CHARLES McMAHON JR
please refer to the
DARWIN LEE JUDGE
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~~~ SEMPER FIDELIS ~~~
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
From a fellow Woburnite...Posted on 3/11/02 - by John R. MurphyI was young back then, but I think you knew my older brothers Charlie. The Murphy's by Horn Pond. You will never be forgotten.MORE
God Bless you and the USA!
Hi CharleyPosted on 2/13/02 - by Scott MacNevinI was just a young teen then but I still feel the punches you gave me in the arm at the beach...as a mentor and a friend.MORE
I never thanked you for those.
Thank You Charley, Thank You.
We never met each other but are both Vietnam Veterans from WoburnPosted on 11/23/01 - by Alan A. FaberAlthough we never met, or even knew each other,MORE
we are both Vietnam Veterans from Woburn, Massachusetts.
From one vietnam Veteran to another:
REST IN PEACE YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
The streets are safe...Posted on 1/6/00 - by KurtSemper Fidelis Marine. You are guarding are gates now.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.