NATHANIEL WILLINGHAM
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HONORED ON PANEL 47E, LINE 1 OF THE WALL

NATHANIEL WILLINGHAM

WALL NAME

NATHANIEL WILLINGHAM

PANEL / LINE

47E/1

DATE OF BIRTH

12/07/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/29/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PHILADELPHIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Philadelphia County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR NATHANIEL WILLINGHAM
POSTED ON 12.30.2001
POSTED BY: Robert Greer

He never stopped talking about the Marines

Nathaniel Willingham
N. Marshall Street, North Philadelphia
?He never stopped talking about the Marines,? remembered his mother. He had attended Stetson High School and worked for Oxford Bookbinding Co. on N. 7th Street before enlisting in August 1967. The 21-year-old private first class was a member of Company M of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, in Vietnam. He died of a shrapnel wound on March 29, 1968, in Thua Thien Province while on Operation Houston. Survivors included his mother, three brothers and two sisters.

?.. from the Philadelphia Daily News
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POSTED ON 2.3.2001
POSTED BY: Jerry Lomax, 3rd Bn/5thMarines, M Co.

Semper fi, Brother

In Memory Of
PFC. Terry Cleveland Smith
PFC. Nathaniel Willingham
LCPL. Thomas Carmen Henry
KIA March 29, 1968

On March 29, 1968, Mike Company crossed a small river in Thua Thien Province while on patrol. Normally, the first thing I do is go to the nearest water hole if I know one is around. I remember I was so tired that I jusp plopped down. I heard a loud explosion just a few yards from where I was just a couple of minutes afterwards. It was a command detonated claymore aimed near the watrer spring. It came from a gook in the hill overlooking the water.
One of the closest friends I had at that time was Terry Smith from North Carolina. He had just taken two pictures just a couple of minutes before he went to the water hole with some other guys. The claymore killed 3 and wounded 3.
It took me a bunch of days to get over what I saw at that water hole. I will never forget. It's the first memory that I have when I look at the two pictures that he took just before it happened.
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