MELVIN E NEWLIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 23E, LINE 5 OF THE WALL

MELVIN EARL NEWLIN

WALL NAME

MELVIN E NEWLIN

PANEL / LINE

23E/5

DATE OF BIRTH

09/27/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/04/1967

HOME OF RECORD

WELLSVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Columbiana County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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POSTED ON 4.30.2022

Attack on Firebase Nong Son - July 3-4, 1967

Firebase Nong Son was a U.S. Marine Corps fire support base southwest of Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN. Early in July 1967, a platoon from F Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines was dug in at the base, a second platoon occupied the middle level, and the third platoon with recoilless rifles and mortars occupied the 656-foot-high summit. On the night of July 3rd-4th, an estimated 400 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) assaulted the hilltop. The surprise attack was achieved when the enemy, over several days, employed discarded U.S. ammo boxes to create wooden stairsteps up an unscalable side of the hill. Ironically, on July 3rd, their plans were nearly exposed when Marines were to burn off overgrown brush on that side of the hill but were unable to get their flamethrowers to operate. Moreover, the Marines missed an important clue that something was afoot when Nong Son villagers failed to appear for their daily visit to the hilltop to hawk their wares. As the sun set, NVA sappers were in place near the peak. At 11:27 PM, a listening post radioed, “I have movement to my front…they’re all around me…we’ve been overrun!” The enemy attacked with small arms and mortar fire, throwing satchel charges into occupied bunkers and an ammo dump, setting aflame ordinance on the hilltop. Nevertheless, the Marines on top fought back tenaciously. Down below, their comrades were unable to assist, and called their sister E Company, a mile away, to relieve them so they could go up and help. After arriving, the remaining elements of F Company moved to the top of the hill, quickly establishing advantageous machine gun positions, and pushed the enemy off at 1:17 AM. Recapturing the hilltop cost thirteen Marines lives plus three members of a U.S. Army searchlight team embedded with them. Over forty others were wounded. The lost Americans included: (F/2/5) SGT Tony Ahinzow, LCPL James E. Ball III, LCPL Joseph L. Hicks, LCPL Arthur Lanteigne, PVT Andrew Currie, and PFC Melvin E. Newlin (posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor); (H&S, 2/5) LCPL Walter D. Buschleiter, LCPL Raymond L. Hyson, CPL Danny P. Riesberg and PFC Ronald D. Reyes; (107 Mortar Btry, 3rd Bn, 11th Marines) CPL James H. Cooney, LCPL Anthony M. Schmutz, and PFC Richard L. McKinnell; and (G Btry, 29th Arty) SP4 Andreas McCurry, SP4 Waylen L. Powell, and PFC Arnold R. Palmer. Forty-two NVA were reported killed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, virtualwall.org, and information provided by Mike Harris (April 2022)]
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POSTED ON 12.15.2021
POSTED BY: Ashley winans

To my cousin

I never got the chance to meet you but I'm aware of you heroic measures and I want to thank you for everything your cousin Jason winans loved you he always kept your memory alive he was my father I love you cousin always
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POSTED ON 9.23.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Forever 18

"Greater love hath no man, than that man lay down his life for a friend."

Words will never be able to express the Honor and Valor that you had.

Semper Fi, Marine...you did good.
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POSTED ON 1.22.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Melvin Newlin, Thank you for your service as a Mortarman, and for receiving the Medal of Honor. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It’s a New Year, but not necessarily better. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.23.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

PFC Melvin Earl Newlin is buried in Section 18, Lot 47 of the Spring Hill Cemetery in Wellsville, OH.

His tombstone notes his Medal of Honor.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Forever 18.

Semper Fi, Marine.
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