VIRGIL G CRUZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

VIRGIL GALAN CRUZ

WALL NAME

VIRGIL G CRUZ

PANEL / LINE

2E/97

DATE OF BIRTH

12/06/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/28/1965

HOME OF RECORD

SAN ANTONIO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bexar County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR VIRGIL GALAN CRUZ
POSTED ON 9.28.2020
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Semper Fidelis

Semper Fidelis, Marine.
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POSTED ON 12.6.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Lance Corporal Virgil Galan Cruz, Served with the Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 6.3.2019

Ground Casualty

In 1965, Catfish Outposts I, II, and III were located on hills west of the under-construction air base at Chu Lai in Quang Tin Province, RVN. The outposts were manned by platoon-sized Marine contingents from 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines to secure the Chu Lai area while Navy Seabees constructed the jet-capable airfield. LCPL Virgil G. Cruz was a mortarman serving in the 81mm section from Headquarters & Service Company, 2/4 Marines, on top of Catfish II. LCPL Cruz died at daybreak on September 28, 1965, some thirty-six hours after receiving a “Dear John” letter from his wife. A distraught Cruz reportedly laid down on the hill, pulled the pin on an M67 grenade, and set his head on it. The flash of the explosion was seen by the perimeter guards who believed they were under attack. The rest of the Marines grabbed their rifles and popped some flares. When Cruz’ body was found, a helicopter was called which took his remains to the Battalion Command Post to be identified. They were later transferred to Graves Registration for processing back to the United States. The casualty report the Marine Corps filed after the incident coded the loss a grenade “accident.” [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Jerry Branson (April 2019) and Jim Mazy (May 2019)]
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POSTED ON 3.7.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lcpl Virgil Cruz,
Thank you for your service as a Mortarman. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 2.16.2018

never forgotten

he was a good uncle well liked by everyone who new him, we miss him very much,my mom the most virgil was her baby brother she took it really hard so did the rest of the family,we will never forget you virgil, I name my son after you so the name lives on,see you one day uncle,,Ruben cruz guzman
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