Feser, Jeffery, LCpl Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
Service Years
1967 - 1968
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Cold War Certificate

Lance Corporal

 
 

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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1948
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Seattle, WA
Last Address
4113 54th Ave Southwest
Seattle, WA 98116

Casualty Date
Jun 05, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Washeli Memorial Park - Seattle, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
60W 017/Plot: Pearl Harbor section

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 Unit Assignments
Infantry Training School(s) WestFleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)Defense Language Institute (DLI)1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (1/1)
1st Marine RegimentFleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)/III MAF1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
  1967-1967, 0300, Infantry Training School(s) West/2nd Infantry Training Regiment (2nd ITR)
  1967-1967, 0300, Infantry Training School(s) West
  1967-1967, 0311, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)/Staging Bn
  1967-1968, 0311, Defense Language Institute (DLI)/Language School, Vietnamese
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)/C Co
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Regiment
  1968-1968, 0311, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)/III MAF
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Division/HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1967, Boot Camp - San Diego, C/1892
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Last Known Activity
Service number 2266316
His tour began on Feb 8, 1968



(Jeff Feser's last letter home to his brother John,) June 1, 1968 Dear John, We?re still waiting at Hill 558 to be helolifted to our objective. We were scheduled out for today, but the fuel depot at Cau Li blew last night so the choppers must go to Plu Bai to get refueled. I can?t tell you much about the operation because I don?t know very much myself. Alls we do know for sure is that we?re going to have one hell of a firefight. I doubt whether many of us get out alive. We?re going to a NVA stronghold and going to kick some ass. They tell us that there are three regiments in the area and 2000 gooks at our final objective. Bravo Co. tried to secure the LZ yesterday and got the shit kicked out of them and had to be taken out with 11 KIA and 32 WIA. 2/3 which is our blocking force is completely surrounded so 2/4 is coming in from another direction or else into our LZ after we start sweeping. The area is real heavy tropical forests and rolling hills of about 5 to 6 hundred meters high. I guess I?ll carry about 800 rounds just in case and leave most of my chow behind. Most of us are really scared. Everybody knows what we?re going to hit so we all know what to expect. I guess its going to be just like trying to take 881 all over again. I finally had a change to go swimming again after 45 days so I?m clean one more, at least for a day. I went to mass and confession yesterday and to mass again today so I?m pretty well squared away up above too. Well I guess I?d better sign off for now, just remember that being a good soldier is just like being a Marine, It doesn?t take a man, just guts. Jeff A Note from The Virtual Wall On 02 June 1968 the 1st Bn, 1st Marines, was one of three battalions directed to conduct offensive operations in the vicinity of Landing Zone ROBIN south of the Khe Sanh Combat Base. 2/4 Marines was the second assault unit, while 2/3 Marines provided a blocking force. 1/1 Marines was airlifted into LZ ROBIN without incident on 02 June and began a sweep to the north on 03 June. The Battalion's initial objectives were taken with only limited enemy contact, but late in the afternoon of 05 June Charlie 1/1 engaged a near-battalion-size NVA unit dug in atop Hill 587. The 1/1 Command Chronology for June 1968 describes the action as follows: Company C ... encountered an NVA unit estimated as a battalion minus, entrenched in spider holes and in trees, on the topographical crest of the hill. Company C engaged the enemy with all organic weapons, while 106mm RR fire was employed from the battalion CP ... Subsequently [Hill 587] was hit by air strikes. On June 6, at 1545, Company A and C secured the objective. The top of the hill revealed a bunker complex set in a 360 degree perimeter with trails and steps running down to the north. The position was large enough to accomodate an NVA battalion minus. ... Documents captured revealed the enemy unit to be the K15 Battalion, Second Regiment, 304th NVA Division. Six men from Charlie 1/1 are known to have died in the assault on Hill 587: LCpl Jeffery E. Feser, Seattle, WA LCpl Michael W. Simon, Owensboro, KY Pfc Bruce W. Burkes, Kettering, OH Pfc Lonnie L. Cleave, Memphis, TN Pfc Blane M. Ruby, Baltimore, MD Pfc Thomas E. Walker, Charleston, SC At sundown on 05 June, as Charlie 1/1 held ther positions on the slope of Hill 587, they had one man missing in action: Pfc Lonnie L. Cleave. Pfc Cleave's body was recovered on 06 June when Alpha and Charlie took the hilltop.
   
Comments/Citation

Died 5Jun68 Quang Tri Province (01) Republic of Vietnam result gunshot wound to the body from hostile rifle fire while on a patrol.

ASSAULT ON HILL 587, 8 KM SE OF KHE SANH AFLD 19680605

UTM grid reference is XD900354




Jeff was born and raised in Seattle, WA. Our family was quite active in school activities, and we took vacation trips in the summer usually camping and visiting all the national parks in the western US. Our Dad (Bob), Mom (Betty) Jeff and I (John) comprised the Feser family. Looking back on it, I guess that we were the model family for Seattle. We had a great time growing up in Seattle. In 1952 our family moved from a central Seattle apartment to our first and only family home in West Seattle. Our house was finished in phases over a couple of years, so Jeff and I got a lot of "dirt time" building forts in the back yard. Jeff attended Holy Rosary grade school that is about a mile from the house. After grade school he went to and graduated from O'Dea High School in Seattle. It was soon after graduation from O'Dea that he decided to enlist in the Marine Corp. At the time there was a wait list so he spent about 6 months working at a freight depot at the port of Seattle. It was during this time that he purchased his pride and joy, a 1967 MGB. It was a black beauty with wire wheels. It was during this time that he met his first true love, Claudia. I know that they had a great time together and were planning for their future together after his tour. After enlisting, Jeff went for basic and advanced training in CA. He graduated high in his class and was selected to attend language school. After language school Jeff went to Vietnam as a Lance Corporal. He was assigned to a line Marine Infantry unit on the DMZ. (Note: I do not remember the unit, but will take a look old letters and will update bio with that information.) While in Vietnam he spent most of the time on operational patrols on the DMZ. (Note: We have all of his old letters describing his field activities so I will post a few in the coming weeks). In and help protect the village people one of his last letters he told us that he had put in for a transfer to become a member of a Marine/Vietnamese team he called CAP (Combined Action Platoon). He felt that he could make more use of his newly acquired language skills from Viet Cong and the NVA moving into the area. Jeff was in country about six months when he was killed by machine gun fire while on mission in force to a NVA stronghold on the DMZ. He truly felt that the cause of the war was just and that he was doing the right thing for the people of Viet Nam. He was a good Marine and a great brother. He is buried at the Washelli Cemetery in Seattle in the Pearl Harbor section. (biography received from John Feser Feb 2003) Jeff is my cousin whom I did not know. We share great grandparents John and Mary Eisel Hoffman from Little Falls, MN. I am sure he was one tough Marine. I am sorry I was never able to meet him. Semper Fi. Sgt John J.(Joe) Langheim Jeff Feser was a person my brother and I would never know and the Uncle we would never have. He will always be a hero to me and I hope I get to meet him someday. Sunday, November 10, 2002 Dan Feser
   
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