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  • Misadventure (Friendly fire)

    Posted on 8/27/18 - by
    At 2:25 PM on August 17,1970, M Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, were in a company defensive position in Quang Nam Province, RVN, when twenty 60mm mortar rounds were fired at a tree line 500 yards to the southeast of the Company’s position. The rounds were fired because the Company was about to move out and the tree line was the most likely place for snipers. Half way through the fire mission, the Company began to take 60mm incoming mortar rounds, resulting in four Marines killed, and approximately 30 wounded, many requiring evacuation. It was believed that that either the Company was fired on by an unknown enemy force at an undetermined location or that the rounds fired by the Company were faulty and landed within their own perimeter. The four lost Marines in this incident included CPL Curtis C. Colyear, PVT Moses E. Jones, SGT John W. Reese Jr., and LCPL Charlie W. Taylor. Reese survived evacuation and was flown to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, where he expired August 26, 1970. The following is a personal account of the mortar incident by Jack Michel: “Our company had moved off Fire Support Base Rider the day before and was dug-in at the bottom of the mountain that Rider was on. The morning of the 17th we were getting ready to move out to our rear area at LZ Ross. Our night patrols were starting to come in and we were busy packing our gear, eating, and filling in our foxholes. The mortar squad was firing extra rounds into the tree line in front of my position to lighten its load, so that the company could move a little faster back to Ross. The mortars were exploding about 150 to 200 yards into the tree line, which was across a rice paddy in front of me. When a mortar round exploded in the middle of the rice paddy I said to a guy in my squad, ‘Geez, that was a short round.’ As our (mortar) guys continued firing from behind me, I thought I heard a mortar tube firing to my right. The next round to explode was at the bottom of the hill we were on, and the rounds started coming up the hill in front of my squad. We were under attack by mortar fire from our right. I yelled, ‘Incoming!’ and everyone hit the deck. The Viet Cong peppered the top of the hill with mortars. When the mortars stopped, I set up my squad for security and got all the pressure bandages I could and made my way to the top. It was like a meat market, bodies all over the place, parts of bodies everywhere. I just froze because I had never seen anything as gruesome as the scene that was in front of me at that moment. What finally sparked me and got me back in action was when somebody started saying, ‘He’s turning blue, he’s turning blue!’ That snapped me back to reality. One guy was screaming and told me to get away, [his buddy] needed a corpsman. I tried to help the [blue] guy again and for some reason, I said, ‘I’m a corpsman.’ And he said, ‘I thought you were a squad leader.’ I said, ‘Well, I am, but I’m also a corpsman,’ because he was not going to let anyone touch this guy until a corpsman showed up. So, I flipped the [blue] guy over, smacked him in the back and he spit out a huge glob of blood. We got him patched up. I don’t know if he lived or not; he had three holes in his side that I could have put my thumb in. I tended to some of the other wounded and later helped load the dead and wounded onto medevac helicopters. We took (what seemed like) over a hundred casualties in those few minutes.” [Taken from, Command Chronology, 7th Marines, August 1970, and information provided by Jack Michel (December 2011) at]
  • Semper Fidelis

    Posted on 8/17/18 - by A Marine - Vietnam
    Semper Fidelis Lance Corporal Taylor.
  • Semper Fidelis

    Posted on 8/17/15 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Semper Fidelis, Marine.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/17/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LCPL Charlie William Taylor, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/23/12 - by Robert Sage

    Charlie is buried at Atlantic City Cemetery, Atlantic City,NJ.

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