WOODROW C CRONKRITE
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HONORED ON PANEL 26E, LINE 43 OF THE WALL

WOODROW CHARLES CRONKRITE

WALL NAME

WOODROW C CRONKRITE

PANEL / LINE

26E/43

DATE OF BIRTH

01/13/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/10/1967

HOME OF RECORD

SUITLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Prince George's County

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WOODROW CHARLES CRONKRITE
POSTED ON 10.17.2007
POSTED BY: Leesa Mundell

He was my best friend's brother

I never had a chance to meet Woody, but I heard so many fine things about him from his sister Kathy, my best friend. I know he was a very good man who will be missed by his family and friends forever.
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POSTED ON 8.1.2007
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF A FINE YOUNG MAN FROM A SCHOOL FRIEND


My high school buddy, PFC WOODROW " WOODY " CHARLES CRONKRITE, USMC, at the age of 20, was killed in action (KIA) at about 1600 Hours, 10 September, 1967, near Con Thien, Vietnam.

He was a member of the -

2nd Squad
2nd Platoon
India Company
3rd Battalion
26th Marine Regiment

I was a transfer student from Pennsylvania in the Fall of 1960 when I first attended 8th grade at Suitland Junior High School, Suitland, Maryland.

I knew no one except a cousin, a year younger.

I met teachers and students through the normal course of the school year.

Woody learned of me from a mutual teacher.

He approached me, befriended me, helped me feel welcomed, and became an unofficial sponsor of sorts for the remainder of the year.

We were never more than casual friends, but that simple act of kindness stayed with me through the years.

When I learned of his death, I was shocked and saddened.

Ever since, my mind has returned often to our first meeting and our last class together in Mr. Jack's Senior English at Suitland Senior High School.

Woody wanted to be a writer. His writings were destroyed in a fit of anger at his death, an understandable, but regrettable act.

Over the years, Woody, for me, has come to symbolize the loss of so many promising youth from our generation, who gave their lives in service to their country.

I am reminded of the 19 May 1991, "Funky Winkerbean" cartoon strip, wherein the following monologue takes place as two alumni look at class pictures on the wall of their alma mater:

"I was just thinking about a couple of kids from our school who
went over to Vietnam and never made it back.

"I remember one in particular who was a pretty talented artist with
a promising career in front of him ...

"and I began to wonder how many paintings will never be seen,
songs will never be heard, and books will never be read ...

"because of wars yet to come ..."


Woody was with 3/26 only a few weeks before his death.

Most of his time in-country was with MAG-16.

His return addresses were usually:

MAG-16, Zulu Company (Nov 66 - early 67)

and

MAG-16 Forward, Khe Sanh, MATCU 62

( about May 67 until his transfer to 3/26 on 30 August 1967 )



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POSTED ON 12.6.2004
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Woodrow is buried at Arlington Nat Cem.
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POSTED ON 11.2.2003
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you PFC Cronkrite

Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Woodrow Charles Cronkrite, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

Again, thank you PFC Woodrow Charles Cronkrite, for a job well done!

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND




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POSTED ON 12.6.2002
POSTED BY: Nevins A. Frankel

A good friend.

I went to school with Woody. We had a lot of fun in our Senior year. You are missed Woody...
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