Adams, Ricky Fay, LCpl

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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
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1967-1968, 0351, M Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1)
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Lance Corporal


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Baldwin Park
Last Address
Baldwin Park, California

Casualty Date
Mar 01, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Memorial Park Cemetery - Sioux City, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
42E 012/Plot: lot 49 sp3

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3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (3/1), 1st Marine Regiment
  1967-1968, 0351, M Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Napoleon / Saline
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Last Known Activity
UTM grid reference is YD283667

Mike Company’s mission was to cross the river in Mike boats, disembark on the opposite shore, assault and neutralize enemy defenses along the river bank, and then move inland and attack the enemy in the L-shaped village. The river crossing was made in 5 Mike boats without response from the enemy. However, when the bow ramp of one of the Mike boats carrying Mike Company Marines and Corpsmen was lowered on the opposite river bank, it was lowered in front of a camouflaged enemy machine gun position. Several Marines were killed and wounded as soon as they left the Mike boat. After the machine gun position was silenced, Mike Company and India Company began moving inland. For the first few hundred meters all was quiet. Then, as they entered the L-shaped village and turned north, the enemy opened up with a firestorm of machine gun, rifle, RPG and mortar fire. Since Mike Company was well inside the village by then, the enemy fire was coming from all directions. The 1st platoon was immediately called forward from its reserve position. All 3 platoons were soon engaged in a furious fire fight. The battle raged the entire day. Lcpl Ricky Adams was Killed in action during the Battle of Mai Xai Thi Village during operation Napoleon/ Saline
Service number 2398028
Tour start date 02/05/1968
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