Austin, Eddie Paul, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0841-Artillery Scout
Last MOSGroup
Artillery
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 0841, B Btry, 1st Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11)
Service Years
1965 - 1967

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Coachella
Last Address
Coachella

Casualty Date
Apr 21, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Granite City Cemetery - Granite, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18E 055

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 Unit Assignments
B Btry, 1st Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11)
  1966-1967, 0841, B Btry, 1st Bn, 11th Marine Regiment (1/11)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Union I / Lien Ket 102
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
BINH SON (1), 5 KM S-SE OF QUE SON 19670421
UTM grid reference is BT060300

FO team member from the 11th Marines with Fox 2/1 on Search and Destroy operation dubbed Union I in the Que Son Valley
   
Comments/Citation
Last Known Activity
Fox 2/1 was out posted to Nui Loc Son FOB in the Que Son Valley in April 1967. It was reinforced with a recoilless rifle and 81mm mortar sections from battalion and a 4.2mm mortar battery from 1/11. The purpose was to interdict NVA 2nd Division units from food and tax collections in the valley and rich coastal plain to Tam Ky on the coast. On April 21st, F 2/1 led an assault on was assumed to be an occupied village, Binh Son (1). The lead element of F 2/1 made it halfway across the rice paddy fronting Binh Son (1) when the NVA, in well dug-in and calibrated positions opened up with mortars and heavy AW and SA fire, including 50 caliber machine guns, killing or wounding 31 Marines including the CO Captain Deegan and every other officer except the FO.
 
The Bald Eagle reaction force, Mike and India 3/1 were immediately mobilized when word came in that F 2/1 was "lost". Given the scope of the unfolding battle, 3/5 was also mobilized and given command control landing in the early morning hours.  By dawn on the 22nd contact by all units was broken.
 
Thus began a series of heavy engagements staring with Operation Union I that would take 46 lives in the first 2 days and over 900 KIA in the next seven months. That battle would lead, according to a book by Otto Lehrack, The Road of 10,000 Pains, to the ultimate destruction of the NVA 2nd division with over 6,000 KIA. " Five Marines and one Navy Chaplin would be awarded the Medal of Honor, all posthumously. Twenty one Marines and Corpsman would receive the Navy Cross and 72 Silver Stars. Between now and the end of 1967, more Marines and Corpsman died in the Que Son Valley..then were lost a Hue, Khe Sanh or Con Thien".
 
 
  
   
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