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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Ginny Paxson
Terry,

In talking to Kerry Skaggs, he has asked that I provide to you further background information on Wetzel Eldridge and why we have elected to pursue the placement of the memorial plaque 49 years after the burial. As I am sure, Kerry likely told you that eight years ago, Platoon 1108 was reunited for the first time since its inception in 1967. Since that first reunion, several of the men have become quite close and see each other throughout the year which includes road trips.

Thoughts went back to platoon members who had been killed in Vietnam which included Pfc. Eldridge. A visit to his final resting place in Terre Haute, Ohio, revealed that Wetzel did not have the bronze memorial veteran plaque affixed to his headstone. With Terre Haute being such a tiny village, it was not difficult to locate family which lead us to talk to the eldest remaining sibling living in the area, Alindia Pound.

Alindia shared with us the story of Wetzel's deployment to Vietnam and his return to Terre Haute: Upon learning that Wetzel was shipping to Vietnam, his hometown girlfriend claimed that she was pregnant and the two married before he left. [However, the pregnancy claim was a "false alarm" and Wetzel did not have any children.] As you may know, Pfc. Eldridge was only in country eight days when he was killed. Therefore, all funeral arrangements were made by his young widow and all of his USMC gear and memorabilia was given to her. Wetzel's immediate family did not share in anything and, 49 years later, are still somewhat disappointed they were not included. Though still living in the area, the family did not hear from the widow again.

I made several telephone calls and learned that the memorial plaque is not available through the government because Wetzel had a marked gravesite and died before 1990. Sad but true: "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.

A Government-furnished headstone or marker may be provided for eligible Veterans who died on or after Nov. 1, 1990 and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone. A Government-furnished medallion may be provided for eligible Veterans who served on or after Apr. 6, 1917 and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker." The local Champaign County Veteran Resource Officer was not helpful in this endeavor and, therefore, I made arrangements through a private company to attain the plaque.

This lead us all to chip in and purchase the plaque for Wetzel. His family does not know and we will not tell them that we made the purchase.

And, the end of the story is that several of his remaining siblings will be on hand for our little ceremony next month. I have been in contact with Alindia and, when I mentioned about several of the guys from Platoon 1108 will be present, she stated that she would love to have as many people in attendance as possible. I have also contacted the local Urbana newspaper who is interested in doing a human interest story on this little event.

Any former 27th Marines willing to make the trip are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact me at 574-826-4276. Thanks.

Ginny Paxson
 
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Name: Janet Rigney
From: Michigan
A Heartland 3/27 Get Together is being planned in Indiana over Labor Day Weekend. Dates- Aug. 31, Sep. 1, 2 leave Sep 3. Hotel accommodations, golfing ,meals etc. need to be arranged. If you are interested, contact Tim Davis, Janet Rigney or leave a note here.

Please share
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Janet Rigney
From: Michigan
A Heartland 3/27 Get Together is being planned in Indiana over Labor Day Weekend. Dates- Aug. 31, Sep. 1, 2 leave Sep 3. Hotel accommodations, golfing ,meals etc. need to be arranged. If you are interested, contact Tim Davis, Janet Rigney or leave a note here.

Please share
 
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Name: al ciezki
From: wisconsin
wishing everyone a happy holiday season. I was in sick for back surgery-don't know if the wife sent you all a greeting card.
 
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Name: Louie calderon Jr.
From: Wisconsin
Want to know the next reunion is Please need to attend!Thank you.
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Louie calderon Jr.
From: Wisconsin
Want to know the next reunion is Please need to attend!Thank you.
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Mark Trumbull
I was in the 27th Marine Regiment and flew to Da Nang RVN from El Toro, California. Ordered by President Johnson to South East Asia 1968. Ended up serving in G-4 III MAF, Da Nang. Worked and barracked at Camp Horn while in country.
 
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Name: Terry
Tim Davis is very interested in learning more about 3/27 Corpsman Doc D. Price, especially his first name. I have exhausted my archival resources and the best I can find is that he was an E-3 and his first initial was "D". "David" comes to mind, but I am not certain. I'm not even sure that he had a middle initial. His name is not listed on The Wall nor is it on our 3/27 Honor Roll as having been KIA. Perhaps one of our other Corpsmen or a personal friend knows his first name? Please contact me or Tim Davis if you know Doc Price's first name or his current whereabouts. S/F, Terry Rigney, Webmaster.
 
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Name: Terry
David "Doc" Watson has asked that we post that he has been diagnosed with a large cancerous mass on one of his kidneys. The oncologist has no idea how long it has been there. The local VA Office informed Dave that they were receiving an average of around 4 claims per week for such problems from Vietnam Vets.
Doc Watson urges everyone who served in Nam to see your MD and be checked out.
We wish Doc Watson well and the best possible outcome from this affliction. God Bless, Doc!
Semper Fi,
Terry
 
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Name: Terry R.
All hats, shirts, coins, etc., have been to you mailed as of Feb. 7. Please let me know if you do not receive yours within a few days.
 
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