Final Mission of PFC Dennis R. CarterPosted on 6/18/14 - by email@example.comPFC Robert L. Babula, PFC Robert C. Borton Jr., PFC John E. Bodenschatz Jr., and PFC Dennis R. Carter were members of 1st Platoon, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. On 28 August 1966, the four were assigned as a fire team ambush with instructions to establish an ambush site approximately 500 meters to the south of their platoon patrol base. This specific location is in Hoa Hai village within grid square BT 0667. The fire team departed at 3:00 a.m. on August 28, and were given instructions for use of the pyrotechnics they were carrying as signaling devices. They were further instructed to relocate in the same general area or return to their platoon patrol base in the event their ambush site was compromised, and finally to return no later than 9:00 a.m. that morning. When the fire team failed to return as scheduled, an immediate search of the area was conducted by Company K with negative results. During the period of August 29-31, the Battalion made a dovetailed search of the entire area covering all possible routes of egress in the event the team members had been captured. Indigenous personnel in the area were questioned, but no evidence was uncovered which gave any clues. Villagers were questioned and a search of the area continued. On September 4, Company K discovered part of an American wrist watch and PFC Bodenschatz' two identification tags in the vicinity of BT 061673. The search was intensified in that area, including the use of heavy engineer equipment in an effort to locate graves, but no further trace was found. On September 13, the Battalion cordoned off grid squares BT 0567, 0667, 0566, 0666 and all inhabitants were assembled, screened, and interrogated by an ARVN interrogation team from Hoa Vang District Headquarters. Three Viet Cong suspects were retained for further questioning, however, no additional information was obtained concerning the four Marines. The Battalion commander's final determination was that the four Marines were probably captured. In 1975, information was declassified that indicated that since the fire team's disappearance, Marine headquarters had received two reports sighting three to four Americans being displayed in villages south of the area in which the fire team disappeared. A Christmas card received by Company K/3/1 1st Marine Division, sent by Babula's mother and sister, stated that they had recently received news that Babula was a prisoner of war. None of the four, however, returned in the general prisoner release in 1973. [Taken from pownetwork.org]MORE
Marine BrothersPosted on 6/4/14 - by Sel J. Wong, firstname.lastname@example.orgThis is his boot camp photo from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Platoon 314. He earned the title “U.S. Marine” on May 20, 1965.MORE
Thank you for your service to our great nation, my brother.
Semper FiPosted on 8/28/13 - by A Marine, USMC, VietnamSemper Fi, Staff Sergeant.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 8/28/13 - by Curt CarterDear SSGT Dennis Ray Carter, sirMORE
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
PhotoPosted on 1/30/11 MORE
Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial HighwayPosted on 5/8/10 - by email@example.comA portion of Sepulveda Boulevard/State Highway Route 1 in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport has been dedicated to the residents of Los Angeles County who served in Vietnam. This section of highway is now designated the Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. Adopted by the California State Legislature in 2000, the highway honors the more than 350,000 California veterans who served in the Vietnam War, including the 5,822 killed or missing in action. Los Angeles County has the largest number of Vietnam veterans in California and 1,857 of its residents were killed or missing in action during that war. This memorial corridor provides a fitting and proper way for the residents of Los Angeles County to express their gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices these Vietnam veterans have made for their country.MORE
MIA/POW BraceletPosted on 6/16/05 - by Rondo Harding, MSGT, USAF (Ret) firstname.lastname@example.orgTo any surviving family members. I wear the MIA bracelet bearing the inscription of Marine Corpes SSgt Dennis R. Carter. I have worn this bracelet all these years with great admiration and humility. I am willing to part with it to any family member who wishes to possess it, and wear it with the same devotion I have. It is somewhat scratched from wear, but very much intact.MORE
NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYERPosted on 8/10/04 - by Chris Spencer email@example.comIt is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep 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 sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not dieMORE
Thank you SSGT CarterPosted on 7/13/03 - by Donald LytleAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Dennis Ray Carter, for your courageous and valiant service to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten!
Again, thank you SSGT Carter, for a job well done!
MAYBE ONE DAY SOON....UNTIL THEN.....HEAVENLY PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND
Not ForgottenPosted on 2/10/03 - by Candace LokeyI have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.MORE
We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229
If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :
POW/MIA RECOGNITIONPosted on 1/22/02 - by David AlbertTo any surviving family member: Please contact me, Mayor Dave Albert...regarding Dennis. He was my inspiration for federal legislation that requires the POW/MIA flag flown on National holidays all over the world! If you are a family member, friend, etc., you should hear the story behind the law. Please contact me at:Ph:(310) 326-3868MORE
Fax No: (310) 326-3245
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.