Remembering Dan BullockPosted on 8/13/14 - by Alma WebbI wanted to let this young mans family know that I have thought of him all my life. I was 14 when he died. I cut out his death announcement in the paper because we shared the same birthday, he was a year older and his mothers name was Alma. I have been to the wall in Washington DC and rubbed his name. I was walking in NY city and could not believe it when I came upon the memorial with his picture and recognized him immediately. My grandson called tonight, he is going to the traveling wall Friday in Dublin, Ga. He wanted to know the name of who I knew on the wall. Of course I told him Dan Bullock. He is not forgotten, his name and service will now continue for a third generation in our family. Freedom is not free, he gave all. I live in Macon, Ga.MORE
Thank youPosted on 8/12/14Thank you, you will be always be remembered.
Dan BullockPosted on 3/31/14 - by Jim Johst"How little we lament the line, so many gone, before their time."
Dan Bullock,AMERICA'S YOUNGEST MARINE,KIA VIET NAMPosted on 3/30/14 - by Rev. C.-Brandilene MillerTToday is March 28,14 I just came across the story of this hero,MARINE DAN BULLARD.. I am bawling my eyes out...he was just a "kid" in N.Y.,w/the heart of a giant hero,inside. I'm so sorry you got to HEAVEN so early,for I'm sure you could have done SO MUCH GOOD for the youth of N Y. upon your return. However,you did your duty,sir...like any "older" Marine would. You ARE A HERO! I shall NEVER forget your name,your story! GOD BLESS YOU,SIR! May GOD bless your family,also. You are an inspiration!MORE
SEMFER FI Brother Dan RIP :)Posted on 3/29/14A Daughter of a Military Father who is with you since 3-204 :( PUT :) !MORE
Neither of Gods Earthly Sons ( as there are many) will ever be forgotten .
T.Y. ALL FOR THE STRENGHT , LOVE AND DEDACATIONS' YOU SHOWED FOR YOUR COUNTRY . OUR COUNTRY
'I LOVE THE USA' BECAUSE YOU & DAD DID ALSO :)!
MGSGT THOMAS STONE SR. OF MARIETTA, GA MY DAD
GOD IS MY FATHER AND YOURS TOO !!
BROTHER IN JESUS CHRIST IS OUR RELATIONSHIP*
From one Combat Vet to another...Posted on 2/8/14 - by Morgan Ehn LtCol USMC (Ret)PFC Bullock -MORE
I read about you several years ago and your story broke my heart, but also reaffirmed my undying pride in having been a Marine. Your story has touched many of us, and I'm glad Sally Jessie Raphael took it upon herself to see that you had a proper headstone - too bad our country couldn't have done the same.
Dan, you may have only been fifteen, but you were a man as well as a Marine. Rest easy, my brother, and we'll all meet again someday.
Semper Fi - Morgan Ehn, LtCol USMC (Retired), Desert Storm and OIF I (Iraq)
So few like him.Posted on 1/30/14May God bless your family USMC Dan Bullock.
WHAT IF .....Posted on 12/23/13 - by Buster HuckabyI WAS BORN 12-22-53, IN GEORGIA,ONE DAY AFTER DAN WAS BORN IN NY.....I WAS AMONG THE MARINES WHO WERE TRAINED TO GO TO VIETNAM,THEN THEY CALLED THE WAR OFF,AND BEGAN PULLING EVERYONE OUT IN MAY OF 73' .......WHAT IF HE HAD WAITED TILL HE BE 18 LIKE I,AND OTHERS TO ENLIST ? WE WILL NEVER KNOW,AND IT BE HINDSIGHT I KNOW ....I JUST CELEBRATED MY 60TH BIRTHDAY TODAY,AND SAW THIS POST ON MY NEWSFEED,CAUGHT MY ATTENTION. GOD BLESS THE SOUL OF DAN BULLOCK .....SEMPER FI MY BROTHER .....MORE
Federal Immunization Rep./USPHSPosted on 12/22/13 - by R.O. BowlingSemper Fi Mc! Semper Fi! Stand well your guard duty on the Streets of Heaven Mc! Thanks, you SHALL NOT be forgotten!!!! Nor shall ANY Leatherneck, or other Branch member who was KIA, a POW, or honorably served. Neither will any draft dodging scum dog like Slick Willy or LBJ, who RAN YELLOW & shed innocent blood!!! R.O.B./MORE
A-2-1Posted on 12/22/13Rest in peace Marine.
The Few and the ProudPosted on 12/22/13So young to lose his life before it began, for a country that considered him a second class citizen...
Happy Birthday Dan.Posted on 12/22/13 - by Doug RenfrowYou must have been so brave to fight for your country at such a young age.Your family must be very proud of you. As well as I.
SFPosted on 12/21/13 - by MarineGuard the streets brother, I hope to be there soon enough...
Dan BullockPosted on 12/21/13 - by Laura SwanRip Sir, thank you so very much for your brave sacrifice.
Thank You For Your BraveryPosted on 12/21/13 - by Dan BrinkmanMay the Earth by like a feather to you Dan !!!
SEMPER FIDELISPosted on 12/21/13Thank You brother for your service, bravery and commitment to the Corp.
Thank You Hero !!Posted on 12/21/13 - by Marnie MowlesThank you hero for your sacrifices to our country and for our freedom. You will never be forgotten.
Rest In Peace Brave Marine.Posted on 12/21/13 - by CWO- W-3 "SFC" George Samek, US Army RetiredAmerica Has Been Blessed With Men Who Fight For Liberty. "Welcome Home
Greater Love.Posted on 12/21/13 - by GordonGreater love hath no man, that he lay down his life for a friend. Dan, you paid the ultimate sacrifice so others could live. I am sure heaven is a better place with you there standing guard. I served in Vietnam on the date you paid the ultimate, in a different part of the country. Rest in peace my brother. Semper FiMORE
Thank YouPosted on 9/21/13You join the Marines during the time that people were questioning the US involement in Vietnam to live out one of ylur dreams. And gave your life in this dream. PFC Bullock thank you for your couage, And I bet your Mother was in heaven with open arms waiting for you. Thank you again and God Bless you and your family. You are what make the Unite States Great !!!!!MORE
To the Family of PFC Daniel BullockPosted on 9/15/13The moving Memorial Wall came to my aea today. I heard that Daniel was only 15 years old when he died. For whatever reason I could not stop looking at his name; I was really drawn somehow and wanted to find his picture and his story. Blessings to all of youMORE
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Semper FiPosted on 6/7/12 - by A Marine
Semper Fi, Marine.
The Daily Beast articlePosted on 5/30/12 - by Arnold M. HuskinsOn Memorial Day, Remembering 15-Year-Old Marine PFC Dan Bullock by Michael Daly, 28 May 2012MORE
Among those we should remember on Memorial Day is Dan Bullock, who was just 14 on the September day in 1968 when he strode into a Marine Corps recruiting station with an altered birth certificate.
At a time when the nation was stunned by the Tet offensive in Vietnam and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, this teen from Brooklyn retained a very clear goal.
“He wanted to make his mark in life,” his father, Brother Bullock, later told reporters. “He wanted to be something.”
The surrounding streets offered only trouble. The neighborhood schools seemed to promise little more. And the younger Bullock was so audaciously eager as he set off for boot camp that his family said nothing to the Marines of him really being four years shy of the minimum age of 18.
“He was all excited when he was in uniform, talking about getting up in rank,” his stepmother, Jewel Bullock, would recall to the press. “He said, ‘When I get back, I’ll have my stripes.’”
Bullock was strong and fast, but he still had no more than a 14-year-old’s stamina. He got his first sense of what resides at the core of the Corps when his fellow recruits at Parris Island had to carry him at the end of the long runs.
Dan Bullock was 14 when he signed up with the Marines using doctored documents—and 15 when he died in Vietnam in 1969.
In April 1969, five months after his 15th birthday, Private First Class Dan Bullock arrived in Vietnam. He was assigned as a rifleman to Fox Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment. Nobody in the unit guessed his true age, but there was a general sense that he somehow did not belong.
“Everybody who met him either wanted to protect him or push him around,” recalls Lance Cpl. Steve Piscitelli.
Piscitelli was one of those whose impulse was to protect this kid from Brooklyn who kept to himself. Piscitelli tried to draw him out.
“He wouldn’t talk,” Piscitelli says. “He wouldn’t open up. But he was 15. He wasn’t going to tell me.”
Piscitelli came to feel like a kind of older brother.
“The others just sensed he wasn’t supposed to be there,” Piscitelli recalls. “It was, ‘What are you doing here?’”
Piscitelli invited Bullock to join him in some good-natured sparring, figuring that this might establish more of a connection between them.
“He really was in great shape except for the endurance thing,” Piscitelli says.
During some playful sparring on June 6, Piscitelli dislocated his thumb. He was unable to handle a rifle properly and had to stay behind guarding the tanks when the unit deployed that night to the bunkers that ringed An Hoa combat base.
After midnight, Piscitelli heard a fierce battle erupt a mile away. He listened to shouts on the radio as the gunfire raged.
“There were a lot of Marines doing what Marines do,” Piscitelli says. “They don’t run. Marines never panic. We don’t do that. That’s why we are who we are.”
Piscitelli found out just how bad it had been when he counted the number of ambulatory survivors who came back with the dawn.
“Forty-five went out, only 20 returned,” Piscitelli recalls.
Among the five killed was Dan Bullock. His captain, Robert Kingrey, wrote to the Bullock family back on Lee Avenue in Brooklyn, describing how the night defensive position had been attacked around 1 a.m. on June 7.
“Dan immediately realized that the attack was stronger than usual and that the ammunition supply was becoming depleted,” Kingrey recounted. “He rushed to get more ammunition for his unit. He constantly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to keep the company supplied with the ammunition needed to hold off the attack. As the attack pressed on, Dan again went to get more ammunition when he was mortally wounded by a burst of enemy small arms and died instantly at approximately 1:50 a.m.”
Kingrey continued: “Dan was one of the finest Marines I have ever known. He took pride in doing every job well and constantly displayed those qualities of eagerness and self-reliance that gained him the respect he well deserved. Although I realize words can do little to console you, I hope the knowledge that we share your sorrow will, in some measure, alleviate the suffering caused by your great loss.”
The letter was preceded at the Bullock home by a Department of Defense telegram informing them that he had died from “multiple missile wounds to the body and small-arms fire.” Reporters appeared at the apartment and the grieving family told them that Dan Bullock had been only 15. Word of his true age soon after reached Fox Company in Vietnam, explaining what the other Marines had intuitively sensed.
We RememberPosted on 2/6/11 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgDan is buried at Elmwood Cemetery,Goldsboro, Wayne County,NC.
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The Youngest Hero...Posted on 4/16/10 - by Mary Kuberek Beerman firstname.lastname@example.orgThank you, Dan, for your service and sacrifice. We will not forget.MORE
Semper Fi, Marine
The sounds of war are quiet now,
A hilltop has been bought,
Can those at home know what they feared,
How fiercely they have fought?
Continue on, U.S. Marines,
Reload, regroup, renew,
Death is silent, always near,
To those, “The Brave, The Few.”
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Rest in Peace, dear Hero.
(excerpt by Earl Carson, 1992)
I Will Remember YouPosted on 4/30/09 - by JackieYou, PFC Dan Bullock were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor You each time we stand and sing the words, THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. Thank you for your bravery, courage and dedication to our Country and freedom. I didn't know you but after reading about you, I will never forget you. Rest In Peace and Honor.MORE
Thank youPosted on 12/29/07 - by JoJo CreechThank you, Pfc. Dan Bullock, for your dedication to this Country and your brother Marines. You will never be forgotten.MORE
JoJo Creech, USMC, 'Nam '68-'69
NEVER FORGOTTENPosted on 5/9/06 - by Bill Nelson email@example.comDan,MORE
Because of your desire to serve your Country, you changed your birthdate and joined the marines at the age of 15. You are the youngest American KIA in the Vietnam War. You died in an attack against your bunker line
serving your Country and your fellow Marines with Valor.
A special remembrace plack in your honor has been placed at the New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.
God bless you for your ultimate sacrifice, at such a young age.
"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,Dan one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
NEVER FORGOTTENPosted on 6/7/05 - by Bill Nelson 2/502nd Infantry,101st Airborne firstname.lastname@example.orgFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
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 "Band of Vietnam Brothers"
PFC Dan Bullock, USMCPosted on 12/27/03 MORE
An Example For All Young AmericansPosted on 11/6/03 - by David A. Prendergast email@example.comI am a Vietnam veteran, and former U.S. Marine. I talk to students every year about Vietnam and the pride of serving our country. I have shared Dan's story each time a talk to young people. They are always shocked, then moved by the story of Dan Bullock, a true American hero. May the Lord grant you eternal rest, and may perpetual light shine upon you. Rest in peace Dan Bullock, you make America proud. Semper Fidelis, fellow Marine.MORE
A Promise to Dan BullockPosted on 1/24/03 - by Steve LowderI only knew you, Dan, through your friends in the Marine Corps. You were the youngest American killed in the Vietnam War, and actually the youngest since records have been kept. I will not rest until the Vietnam Memorial Foundation changes your birthdate to reflect your accurate birthdate of December 21, 1953. Rest in peace.MORE
Check your infoPosted on 12/17/02 - by Mike SinclairDan was the youngest serviceman killed in the war by being 15 years old.
Vet RemembersPosted on 10/17/02 - by R.E.Wood, MSgt. USAF/ret. Vietnam Vet 69-70We were all young once;some gave some; and some gave all; you are a true patriot my friend. God Bless
Patriot and SoldierPosted on 4/18/02 - by Bill NelsonDan,MORE
I became aware of your story through Franklin McArthur ,Jr, your buddy from boot camp.
Franklin has done a great deal on your behalf and helped you get a proper burial and some of the tremendous credit you deserve
for enlisting at that young age to fight for your country. You are a hero,a patriot and a soldier.
God bless you and all your family members.
Vietnam Veteran 2/502nd 101st Airborne
July '69-Sept '70
One of their most memorable events came on Oct. 28 when they escorted a family to the official burial of a 16-year-old soldier killed in Vietnam.
The members said he was the youngest American soldier killed in the war. But because he had forged his birth records to get into the military at 14, they said, he never received a proper burial.
Pfc. Dan Bullock of Goldsboro was killed on June 7, 1969, just 21 days after arriving in Vietnam. The national organization of Rolling Thunder had called the chapter to ask for an escort from the Virginia state line. Chapters from each state from the family’s home in New York helped to escort the family to North Carolina.
The Cumberland County chapter drove north and escorted the family to the burial site. The Sally Jessy Raphael Show paid for the gravestone that featured a colored etching of Bullock, an American flag and the symbol of the Marines. Two American flags were placed beside it as the color guard and other groups saluted.
Many of the Rolling Thunder wore black sunglasses to mask their tears. They called it a proper burial. They have the photos in their scrap book. “It finally gave his family some closure,” said Darryl Schraeder, president of the Cumberland County chapter.
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.