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HONORED ON PANEL 32W, LINE 51 OF THE WALL

RUSSELL WILLIAM WENDLER

WALL NAME

RUSSELL W WENDLER

PANEL / LINE

32W/51

DATE OF BIRTH

06/19/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/17/1969

HOME OF RECORD

SOMERVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Middlesex County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RUSSELL WILLIAM WENDLER
POSTED ON 4.16.2024
POSTED BY: A Fellow Soldier

Remembered

Russell was the son of Dorothy S. Wendler of Salem NH and Rudolph Wendler of Somerville MA and he enlisted in the US Marine Corps on December 5 1966 in Boston MA. He arrived in Vietnam on June 6 1968 where he was assigned for duty with HQ Battery, 2d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

In February five artillery Battery's in support of Operation DEWEY CANYON were positioned on FSB (Fire Support Base) Cunningham located on the Co Ka Va Ridgeline north of the Da Krong River in the Trieu Phong District of Quang Tri Province. In the early morning hours of February 19 the NVA forces launched a ground attack on the Marines, the FSB was hit with a barrage of mortar fire, then a ground attack followed with the enemy firing RPG's (Rocket Propelled Grenades), breaching the perimeter throwing concussion grenades and satchel charges. Three men were killed, two wound later die of their wounds, and seventeen were wounded. One of the casualties was LCpl Wendler who was killed in the action as a result of the fragmentation wounds he has sustained.

Casualties:

HQ Battery

Dennis James Kane
Donald Lee Kujawa
Russell William Wendler

Company L, 9th Marines

Dickie Gayle Keeler
Thomas Woodrow Sander
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POSTED ON 3.9.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

we will remember them.....

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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POSTED ON 12.6.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lcpl Russell Wendler, Thank you for your service as a Radio Telegraph Operator. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Advent has begun. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance, and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 2.22.2020

Attack on FSB Cunningham - February 17, 1969

Fire Support Base Cunningham was a U.S. Marine Corps firebase southwest of Dong Ha in central Vietnam. The base was constructed overlooking the Da Krong Valley, twenty-three miles southeast of Vandegrift Combat Base, and a half mile north of Route 922. Cunningham was established on January 25, 1969, by the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines in support of Operation Dewey Canyon, an operation to sweep the North Vietnamese Army–dominated A Shau and Song Da Krong Valleys. In the early morning of February 17th, a NVA sapper platoon supported by a reinforced company launched an attack on FSB Cunningham. Dressed in shorts, skullcaps, and weighted down with explosives, they broke through the defensive wire and dashed toward the center of the fire support base, tossing concussion grenades and satchel charges into every open hole. Although initially caught by surprise, the Marines of Company L, securing the fire support base, quickly organized a drive to clear the base in the face of heavy enemy mortar and recoilless rifle fire. Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines bore the brunt of the attack, suffering major damage within the first minutes; the battalion's fire direction center was put out of action, as was one howitzer. Within 30 minutes, however, the battalion reestablished centralized fire control, and batteries continued with their missions. Throughout the night they expended 3,270 rounds on targets of opportunity, suspected assembly areas, and likely escape routes. In support, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam 105mm battery on nearby FSB Lightning unleashed reinforcing fires totaling 340 rounds. A sweep of the base and surrounding hillsides at first light revealed thirty-seven NVA bodies, thirteen of which were within the perimeter. A number of individual weapons, grenades, and packs were also located, the latter containing quantities of marijuana and other drugs. The use of narcotics, it was explained, "made them a lot harder to kill. Not one of the gooks we had inside the perimeter had less than three or four holes in him. Usually it took a grenade or something to stop him completely." Four Marines lost their lives and forty-six were wounded during the three-hour defense. The lost Marines included LCPL Dennis J. Kane, LCPL Dickie G. Keeler, CPL Donald L. Kujawa, PFC Thomas W. Sander, and LCPL Russell W. Wendler. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “U.S. Marines in Vietnam: High Mobility and Standdown 1969” by Charles R. Smith]
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POSTED ON 4.21.2013

Never Forgotten

Rest in peace with the warriors.

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