Cole, Raymond Allen, Cpl

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1968-1969, 0311, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
Service Years
1967 - 1969



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Home Town
Great Falls
Last Address
Great Falls

Casualty Date
Feb 23, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
New Highland Cemetery - Great Falls, Montana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32W 093

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7th Marine Regiment3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1968-1969, 0311, 7th Marine Regiment
  1968-1969, 0311, L Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1968-1969, 0311, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
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  1963-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
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From the 3/7 Marines Command Chronology for February 1969:

"During the period 22-28 February 1969 the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines was engaged in heavy contact with NVA forces throughout the [Tactical Area of Responsibility].
This contact was in conjunction with the enemy TET offensive." ...
"At 1430 on 23 February 1969 a squad patrol from Co L was taken under fire by an unknown size enemy force in vicinity AT900705.
The patrol returned fire resulting in 01 NVA KIA. The patrol regrouped with the remaining elements of the platoon and continued in close contact with the enemy for the remainder of the day accounting for 06 NVA KIA and 01 AK47 captured."
On the morning of 24 February, after an extensive air and artillery prep, elements form Co L, 3/7 moved out in the attack. Again they encountered heavy S/A's and automatic weapons fire.
At this point Co L's Command Group and one platoon from Co L reinforced the unit. Further air strikes were called on the enemy emplacements and Co L set in for the night."
The next morning, 25 February 1969, Co L commenced their push in vicinity AT899704. They immediately became engaged with a well entrenched enemy force killing 09 NVA ... The contact continued for the remainder of the day..."

Fourteen men from Lima 3/7, including the Company Commander, were killed in action during the engagements outlined above:

23 Feb 1969:
Cpl Raymond A. Cole, Great Falls, MT
LCpl Edward D. Merkle, Seneca Falls, NY
LCpl George L. Silva, Nice, CA
Pfc Kenneth R. Heifner, Ashland, OH
Pfc Thomas M. Hiday, Alexandria, IN
Pfc John J. Stahl, Floral Park, NY
Pfc David E. Thaxton, Waukegan, IL

24 Feb 1969:
Capt James K. Hall, San Francisco, CA
LCpl Wayne L. Thomas, Fort Worth, TX
Pfc Michael B. Duffy, Spokane, WA
Pfc Tommy Johnson, Fitzgerald, GA
Pfc Garold R. Simmers, Rock Hill, SC
Pfc Gary W. Smith, Fort Atkinson, WI

25 Feb 1969:
Pfc Lawrence G. Donaldson, Ligonier, PA
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