HENRY KOLAKOWSKI JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 57W, LINE 26 OF THE WALL

HENRY KOLAKOWSKI JR

WALL NAME

HENRY KOLAKOWSKI JR

PANEL / LINE

57W/26

DATE OF BIRTH

07/13/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/15/1968

HOME OF RECORD

FARMINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Oakland County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HENRY KOLAKOWSKI JR
POSTED ON 1.13.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Captain Henry Kolakowski, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Officer. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Happy New Year in heaven. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 8.2.2019
POSTED BY: Bill Clark

Captain Ski

I was Capt. Ski’s radioman in Lima Company. He was the finest officer that I ever served under. He was taken from his family and his Corp much to soon. I am so sorry Skipper. Semper Fi
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POSTED ON 7.6.2018
POSTED BY: D. Roberts, LtCol. USMC (ret)

We Remember, 50 years

At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We remember him.

Semper fi,
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POSTED ON 4.25.2018

Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

On June 15, 1968 during Operation Marmeluke Thrust in Quang Nam Province, RVN, Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), became heavily engaged with a large enemy force and sustained several casualties. As the company prepared to evacuate its wounded, a friendly artillery round impacted nearby, killing the company commander CPT Henry Kolakowski Jr., platoon commander 2LT William G. Ross, company gunnery sergeant GSGT William F. Gunset, and machine gunner PFC Gary C. Seymour. Although seriously wounded by fragments from the same errant round, 1LT Joseph T. Campbell realized that he was his unit's only remaining officer and refused medical aid in order to assume command of the company. Despite his weakened condition due to the loss of blood, he ensured that a landing zone was secured and selflessly directed the evacuation of the other casualties. When the medical evacuation helicopter arrived and immediately came under intense enemy ground fire, 1LT Campbell fearlessly moved among his men to direct suppressive fire on the hostile positions, enabling the helicopter to extract the casualties. Ignoring his weakened condition, he directed a second helicopter into the zone to complete the emergency medical evacuation. He subsequently succumbed to his wounds before he could be evacuated. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and 1LT Campbell’s Navy Cross citation]
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POSTED ON 9.29.2017
POSTED BY: Mel Irvin

A great leader of men

I served under then 1st Lieutenant Kolakowski at Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, California from 1964 until 1965 when I volunteered to leave for deployment with 1st. Combat Engineer Battalion in Chu Lai, RVN. He was one of the finest quality Marine officers and human beings I ever met or served under. When I heard of his death, I grieved.

Veteran Sgt Mel Irvin, USMC
1962-1967
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