Lovan, Peter John, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
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Primary Unit
1967-1968, 0311, III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Private 1st Class


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
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Last Address

Casualty Date
Aug 02, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
50W 051/Plot: Section H Site 11201

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 1004
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7), 7th Marine RegimentIII MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
  1967-1967, 0311, K Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1967-1968, 0311, III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of Duong Lam
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
ATTACK ON CAP 1-3-3 & MTT-2, 7 KM E-SE OF BINH SON 19680802
UTM grid reference is BS664904

A Note from The Virtual Wall Pfc Peter J. Lovan and Pfc Michael A. Griggs of Bowie, Maryland, first served with Kilo 3/7 Marines. According to the rosters available on the Kilo 3/7 site linked above, Pfc Griggs left Kilo 3/7 in January 1968 and Pfc Lovan in March 1968 - and both went to the Combined Action Program's Mobile Training Team 2. They were killed in action on 02 Aug 1968. The 1st CAG command chronology for August 1968 contains the following entry: "020245H Aug 68: CAP 1-1-3. Upper and lower compounds occupied by CAP 1-1-3 and MTT 1-2 came under attack from two VC companies. VC breached wire of lower compound. Reaction force from upper compound ejected and pursued them. Results: 29 VC KIA (C), 20 weapons captured." Six Marines died in the fight: CAP 1-1-3: Cpl Larry A. Jamerson, Spokane, WA Cpl Billy J. Taylor, Wyandotte, MI (Silver Star) Mobile Training Team 1-2: Cpl Carl D. Wakefield, Framingham, MA LCpl David C. Crane, Rochester, NY Pfc Michael A. Griggs, Bowie, MD Pfc Peter J. Lovan, Elmont, NY -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The other Marines from Recruit Platoon 1004 mentioned by Mr. Mullins are Pfc Ralph R. Berg, Delta 1/3, killed in action 07 Mar 1968; Pfc Anthony J. Spirito, Charlie Co, 11th Engineers, killed in action 05 Feb 1968; and Pfc Bruce M. Thomas, Mike 3/3, killed in action 09 Jan 1968.

Peter was a very quiet guy. A good Marine who just wanted to serve his country. My "Bunkie" in bootcamp. One evening during mail call. Peter had to do 100 squat thrust right in front of our bunk. Peter had lost so much weight that his trousers were falling off of him. I couldn't help but to laugh. The DI caught me and I had to do 500 Squat Thrust that evening! Semper Fi Posted by: Rich Mullins In Memory of Private First Class Peter John Lovan Let us not forget Private First Class Peter John Lovan, casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, PFC Lovan served our country until August 2nd, 1968 in Quang, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was not married. Peter died from small arms fire/grenade. His body was recovered. Peter was born on February 18th, 1948 in Elmont, New York. He served our country for one year.
Service number 2291469
Tour start date 12/18/1967
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