3rdBn, 1stMarDiv 1966
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    Unhappy 3rdBn, 1stMarDiv 1966

    Name: John Eugene Bodenschatz, Jr.
    Rank/Branch: E2/US Marines
    Unit: 1st Platoon, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division
    Date of Birth: 29 May 1946
    Home City of Record: Los Angeles CA
    Date of Loss: 28 August 1966
    Country of Loss: South Vietnam

    SYNOPSIS: PFC Robert L. Babula, PFC Robert C. Borton Jr., PFC John E.
    Bodenschatz Jr., and PFC Dennis R. Carter were members of 1st Platoon,
    Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. On 28 August 1966, the four were
    assigned as a fire team ambush with instructions to establish an ambush site
    approximately 500 meters to the south of their platoon patrol base. This
    specific location is in Hoa Hai village within grid square BT 0667.

    The fire team departed at 3:00 a.m. on August 28, and were given
    instructions for use of the pyrotechnics they were carrying as signaling
    devices. They were further instructed to relocate in the same general area
    or return to their platoon patrol base in the event their ambush site was
    compromised, and finally to return no later than 9:00 a.m. that morning.

    When the fire team failed to return as scheduled, an immediate search of the
    area was conducted by Company K with negative results. During the period of
    August 29-31, the Battalion made a dovetailed search of the entire area
    covering all possible routes of egress in the event the team members had
    been captured.


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    A lot of pain LadyLeathernec ! During Prairie there were two young Marines that disappeared from the end of a column that as far as I know were never recovered.

    Semper Fi


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