FREDDIE I BRANCH
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 67 OF THE WALL

FREDDIE ISIDORE BRANCH

WALL NAME

FREDDIE I BRANCH

PANEL / LINE

7E/67

DATE OF BIRTH

10/02/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/17/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ESPANOLA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Rio Arriba County

STATE

NM

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR FREDDIE ISIDORE BRANCH
POSTED ON 11.11.2023
POSTED BY: Paul K

Our dear friend

Always remember his smile.
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POSTED ON 4.29.2022

Final Mission of LCPL Freddie I. Branch

During May 1966, a 4th Marine Division Task Force conducted search and destroy operations in Thua Thien Province, RVN. Two miles southeast of Phong Dien, the Task Force maintained a temporary artillery fire support base and logistical support area protected by the infantrymen of D Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines. At 2:30 AM on May 17th, the base received approximately 80-100 mixed 81 and 82mm mortar rounds followed by a ground attack by an unknown number of Viet Cong (VC) armed with small arms and ¾-pound TNT satchel charges. The majority of the mortar rounds landed on the eastern portion of D Company's perimeter and in the vicinity of the artillery/tank ammunition dump. During the ground attack, a small number of VC penetrated company's lines. They swept through the Marine position, firing their weapons and tossing the explosives. The rampaging VC killed two Americans and wounded twenty before being expelled by fire and close combat, leaving behind numerous unexploded demolition charges and hand grenades. The lost U.S. personnel included combat engineer LCPL Freddie I. Branch from B Co, 3rd Engineers, and rifleman LCPL Lewis N. Welsh from D/1/4. One VC was killed, and one weapon was captured. [“Command Chronology (1st Bn 4th Marines), May 1966” at ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 9.29.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Forever 18

Never forgotten.

Semper Fi, Marine
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POSTED ON 8.26.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. Another life taken way too soon.
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POSTED ON 9.29.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your 73rd birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Forever 18.

Semper Fi, Marine.
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