RANDALL A VANATTA
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HONORED ON PANEL 13E, LINE 46 OF THE WALL

RANDALL ALLEN VANATTA

WALL NAME

RANDALL A VANATTA

PANEL / LINE

13E/46

DATE OF BIRTH

12/02/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/14/1966

HOME OF RECORD

THURMAN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Fremont County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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LEFT FOR RANDALL ALLEN VANATTA
POSTED ON 3.1.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you......

Nor shall your glory be forgot; While fame her record keeps, Or honor points the hallowed spot; Where valor proudly sleeps.
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POSTED ON 9.15.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Randall Vanatta, Thank you for your service as an Antitank Assaultman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is the end of summer. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it still needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 6.22.2020

Attack on Hill 71 – December 14, 1966

In the early morning hours of December 14, 1966, 1st Platoon, Company M, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines were set in an observation post (OP) at Hill 71, five miles southwest of Chu Lai Airfield in Quang Tin Province, RVN. Another Battalion had manned the hill before 1st Platoon arrived and had not run any patrols or ambushes during their stay. Once in place, the acting commander of 1st Platoon requested not to send out the normal ambushes due to fatigue of the troops after coming off Operation Cortez two days earlier. Bunkers and fighting holes were still being developed, and not all the Marines had a fighting hole. Furthermore, local Popular Forces troops from the surrounding villages who were supposed to be accompanying the Marines on Hill 71 disappeared from their bunkers a little after 2:30 AM. At approximately fifteen minutes later, a Viet Cong (VC) force estimated at thirty to forty attacked the Marine position. The enemy combatants fired heavy small arms, threw grenades, and fired 57mm Recoilless Rifle (RR) rounds. One RR round hit a machine gun bunker, and a second round hit the communication tent, setting it ablaze and severing communications for the rest of the night. The enemy was believed to have come up from the southwest and attacked without warning, overrunning two positions on the OP. The Marines fought back with unit weapons, and a platoon from Company I, 3/5 was dispatched to support. Marine Amtracs were also sent to reinforce the position. Company M suffered ten killed and sixteen wounded in the attack. The lost Marine personnel included CPL Robert Copeland, PFC Keith O. Elledge, PFC Roland P. Guerette, LCPL Richard J. Hastreiter, LCPL Walter E. Herrmann III, PFC Leamon R. Ladd, PFC Kenny R. Suzuki, PFC Randall A. Vanatta, and PFC Charles E. Watkins; one Navy corpsman, HN Walter H. Jones II, was also lost. One M60 machine gun was captured by the enemy, and three PRC-25 radios were heavily damaged. No pursuit of the attacking force was attempted. Marine units reported one VC killed (probable), and a search of the battle area revealed fifteen ChiCom grenade duds. Following this incident, Company M units were withdrawn from positions on Hill 71 and nearby Hill 76 and returned to perimeter positions at the Battalion Command Post. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Command Chronology (1st Battalion, 7th Marines), December 1966” at ttu.edu; also, information provided by JD Murray (January 2004)]
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POSTED ON 12.2.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class Randall Allen Vanatta, Served with Company M, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 4.6.2016
POSTED BY: Nick Lemrick

From a kid who looked up to you Randy

You were a senior, and I was a 1st grader. You and your dad would often be around at Sheldon's DX in Thurman. You would throw me in the air, scuffle my hair, lift me up side down, and generally tease me when we were around one another. You were my hero Randy. I watched from the school yard during noon recess when they carried your flag drapped coffin from the church to the hearse. Yes, I cried and swore I would go there and fight in your place in honor of you. It ended before I got there, but I served in your honor my friend. At 58 I have never forgot. I have traced your name from the wall in Washington and it resides with my treasures. You are a HERO in more ways than you ever knew.
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