JOHN M DUDLEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 24E, LINE 20 OF THE WALL

JOHN MITCHELL DUDLEY

WALL NAME

JOHN M DUDLEY

PANEL / LINE

24E/20

DATE OF BIRTH

12/21/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/29/1967

HOME OF RECORD

GLEN ROCK

COUNTY OF RECORD

York County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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LEFT FOR JOHN MITCHELL DUDLEY
POSTED ON 1.8.2022

Operation Kingfisher - July 29, 1967

Operation Kingfisher was a U.S. Marine Corps operation carried out near Con Thien, Quang Tri Province, RVN, lasting from July 16 to October 31, 1967. The objective of Kingfisher was to block entry of North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces into the eastern portion of the province. Initially, only minor contact was made with the NVA. On July 28th, 2/9 Marines, supported by a platoon of tanks and several other tracked vehicles, moved north on Provincial Route 606 to make a spoiling attack into the Demilitarized Zone. The unit made no contact with the NVA and set up a night defensive position near the Ben Hai River. The following morning, as the unit was returning along the same route, a command detonated mine exploded, wounding five Marines. Further down the convoy, a second mine was detonated. The NVA then opened fire with small arms and mortar fire and attacked the armored vehicles with rocket-propelled grenades. The enemy hugged the U.S. column, preventing the use of air support and causing the column to break up into several separate firefights. The convoy then retreated; only through the use of napalm support were the Marines saved from a complete rout. The isolated companies set up night defensive positions and were relieved by 3/4 Marines on the morning of July 30th. U.S. casualties were 33 dead and 251 wounded. The lost personnel included CPL Dewey L. Beatty, LCPL Alan C. Erickson, PFC Eric M. Dewey, SGT James M. Lynch, PFC Charles W. Hollwedel, PFC Richard H. Taylor, PFC Jerry G. Wright, PFC Dennis E. Brown, LCPL Michael F. Gaffney, 2LT Robert A. Kisch, CPL Richard L. La Flair, LCPL Ronald L. McJunkin, LCPL Carl J. Olson, PVT Ricky W. Richardson, LCPL Allen J. White, LCPL Robert W. Wilfong, PFC John M. Dudley, CPL Robert L. Ellison, LCPL Walter C. Gibson, PFC Eddie L. Roberts, PFC William F. Seveney, CPL Lee R. Taylor, PFC Steven H. Bennefeld (body not recovered), LCPL Phillip Jacob, LCPL Richard H. Johnson, LCPL Larry V. Kinard, LCPL Anthony M. Leach, CPL Alfred J. Gaspar, LCPL James G. McGovern, LCPL James P. Proctor (died of wounds 08/01/1967), LCPL Henry W. Bernard, LCPL Stanley K. Patrick, and GYSGT David S. Prentice. Thirty-two NVA dead were counted and a further 175 were believed killed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “U.S. Marines in Vietnam: Fighting the North Vietnamese 1967” by Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming; Image: Poncho-wrapped bodies of Marines wait to be put aboard a tank for evacuation]
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POSTED ON 12.21.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class John Mitchell Dudley, Served with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 6.19.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC John Dudley,
Thank you for your service as a Mortarman. Independence Day is approaching, and we remember your sacrifice. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time 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 7.29.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 7.28.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC John Mitchell Dudley, 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
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