Kidd, Melton Lavone, PFC Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1968-1968, 0311, I MEF/1st Marine Division
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1945
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Chesapeake
Last Address
Chesapeake, Virginia

Casualty Date
Jun 09, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
58W 010

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 Unit Assignments
1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (2/1)Infantry Units/1st Marine RegimentI MEF/1st Marine Division
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)
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Last Known Activity


F Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Marines,
1st MarDiv


Republic of Vietnam 1968

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A Note from The Virtual Wall

Service Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, lost two men on 09 June 1968, CPL John C. Pennington and PFC Edward M. Sullivan of Boston, Massachussetts.

The June 1968 Command Chronology for the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines contains the following description of a convoy ambush which occurred approximately 5 miles east of the Khe Sanh Combat Base, near Checkpoint #3 on Route 9 between KSCB and Ca Lu to the east:

"09 Jun 68 - 1st Marines Logistical Convoy, with Company F providing security was taken under fire in vicinity XD924404 and XD926404 by an unknown size NVA unit. Fire, consisting of intense small arms followed by satchel charges, grenades, and B-40 rockets, was taken from both sides of the road and was concentrated on the second security truck. One platoon was deployed to high ground on left side of road and conducted a thorough sweep of the area making additional light contact. After a thorough search was conducted all dead and wounded were placed on a vehicle. The convoy was then turned around and returned to Khe Sanh Combat Base. Medevacs were delivered to both LZ Ziegler and Khe Sanh Combat Base for evacuation. This contact resulted in one truck and one mighty-mite being destroyed. Casualties consisted of 8 friendly KIAs, 9 friendly WIAs and 11 enemy KIAs."

The 3rd Marine Division's Operations Log for 09 June contains additional information, saying 12 Marines were killed - "(7 from F/2/1, 1 from Tanks, 2 Motor Trans, 2 from 1st MarDiv photo units)" - and that one was missing in action. The 1st Motor Transport Battalion and 3rd Tanks Command Chronologies also address the ambush; 3rd MT says they lost three men, not two, in the ambush. The MIA Marine's body was recovered on 10 June, and one of the Fox 2/1 WIA died of his wounds.

Overall, the ambush is known to have resulted in the deaths of fifteen Marines:

  • 1st Motor Trans Bn
    • Cpl Donnie H. Little, Atlanta, GA, Company "A"
    • Cpl Richard L. Nowry, Plymouth, MI, Company "B"
    • LCpl Clifford E. Ford, Jacksonville, AL, Company unknown

     
  • B Co, 3rd Tank Bn
    • Sgt Cliffred M. Evans, Shelton, WA

     
  • Svc Co, HQ Bn, 1st MarDiv
     
  • F Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Marines
    • Sgt David E. Nash, National City, CA (body recovered 10 June)
    • LCpl Donald Baker, Philadelphia, PA
    • LCpl Marvin L. Houston, Little Rock, AR
    • LCpl Robert L. Polk, Sherman, TX
    • Pfc Melton L. Kidd, Chesapeake, VA
    • Pfc Barry Lowe, Framingham, MA
    • Pfc Darrell C. Mizner, Akron, OH
    • Pfc William A. Patterson, Superior, WI
    • Pfc August Romano, New York, NY


   
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Vietnam Wall Panel coords 58W 010

MELTON LAVONE KIDD
Marine Corps - PFC - E2
Age: 22
Race: African American
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Nov 26, 1945
From: CHESAPEAKE, VA
Religion: PROTESTANT
Marital Status: Single

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