TONY AHINZOW
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HONORED ON PANEL 22E, LINE 122 OF THE WALL

TONY AHINZOW

WALL NAME

TONY AHINZOW

PANEL / LINE

22E/122

DATE OF BIRTH

12/23/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/04/1967

HOME OF RECORD

CHICAGO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cook County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

SGT

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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 3.30.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will never die...
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POSTED ON 8.9.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SERGEANT AHINZOW,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ANTITANK ASSAULTMAN. YOU SHARE A BIRTHDAY WITH MY SISTER.
REST IN PEACE AND SEMPER FI.
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POSTED ON 7.4.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Tony Ahinzow, 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 7.4.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Sergeant.
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