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

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MELVIN EARL NEWLIN
POSTED ON 5.9.2016
POSTED BY: Savannah Hinojosa

Thank you

Thank you all for honoring my great uncle. I wish i could of met him and thanked him.
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POSTED ON 5.2.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Melvin.
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POSTED ON 7.3.2015
POSTED BY: Michael "MO" Harris

My Friend Pete Newlin

I met Pete Newlin early in 1967. I was a forward observer attached to the 2nd Bn., 5th Marine Regiment at An Hoa, RVN. We met at the EM cLub over a couple of beers. He heard me talking to another Marine at our table about my birth date...when I told this Marine it was September 20, 1948, from down at the end of our table came a shout, hey, I was born on September 27, 1948. He moved to an open seat directly in front of me and we became instant friends. I loved Pete. He was a kind and funny guy. Over the next few months we became close when we able to see each other. We participated together in Operation Union II, and how any of us made it out alive that June 2nd day was a miracle. I was at the Nong Son Outpost on 30 June, 1967, when Fox 2/5 arrived to take over duty there from Echo 2/5 who I was attached to at the time as an FO. I got to spend some time with Pete and some of my good buddies with the 81mm mortar platoon. Then on 2 July 1967, Echo headed out to patrol in Antenna Valley, about five or six clicks from Nong Son. On the night of 3 July, I witnessed the attack as the initial mortar rounds impacted on the top of the hill where the main attack took place. My Company was sent from the Valley to assist Fox in anyway that was needed. When we reached the Song Thu Bon River only one of our platoon's crossed the river, and I was with that platoon. I went with acting CO, 1st Lt. Scuras as he made his way to the top of the hill with a relief force. The Echo platoon took over the security positions abandoned by the Fox platoon that went to the top of the hill. I got to the top of the hill a little after 0100 hours. I won't tell you what it looked like but it was bad. There were dead Marines and VC lying everywhere. The VC destroyed one of the 81 mortars, but I was able to put together a gun crew for the other mortar and I began firing at the VC's routes of retreat. Afterwards I helped dig Marines out of collapsed bunkers. There were many of my good buddies dead...Mel, I always called him Pete was dead. James Ball, Danny Riesberg, Ron Reyes, John Lateigne (spelling of last name noi correct), and Walt Buschleiter. I always remember Melvin "Pete" Newlin and all those who lost their lives in the attack every 3-4 July.
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POSTED ON 7.4.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Melvin E Newlin, 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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POSTED ON 5.15.2008
POSTED BY: Arnold M. Huskins

Inducted into Ohio Military Hall of Fame

Wellsville native posthumously inducted into Ohio Military HOF

Taken from:
The Review
East Liverpool, OH
3 May 2008

“All gave some. Some gave all.” These are the words on the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor banner which was displayed during the ninth annual ceremony of the OMHOF held Friday in Columbus.

PFC Melvin Newlin, who enlisted in the Marines while a teen residing in Wellsville and who was killed in Vietnam, was one of two inducted into the hall of fame this year who had received the Congressional Medal of Honor. The medal is the highest commendation of the military.

Mary Crago of Wellsville, Newlin’s sister, accepted the induction award in his honor. Many certificates from representatives and other military personnel were presented. A certificate naming him to the OMHOF also was presented...

Newlin was still a teen when he lost his life in July 1967...

Newlin was with four other Marines, manning a key position on the perimeter of Nong Son outpost when the enemy launched a savage and well coordinated mortar and infantry assault when he was seriously wounded and knocked to the ground, unconscious. His four comrades were killed.

The Viet Cong guerillas left Newlin for dead and bypassed him. When he regained consciousness, he crawled back to his weapon. His gunfire brought havoc and confusion to the enemy.

Private Newlin then saw his enemies attempt to bring a captured 106 recoilless weapon to bear on other Marine positions. He shifted his fire and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy, preventing them from firing the captured weapon.

He then, leaning on his machine gun, fired again. He continued to fight valiantly until stopped by an enemy grenade. By delaying the Viet Cong, he enabled his fellow Marines to organize a defense and beat the secondary attack.

His citation concluded, “His indomitable courage, fortitude and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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