Baker, Ruston Lee, LCpl

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Lance Corporal
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1967-1968, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
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1967 - 1968

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Casualty Date
Aug 18, 1968
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mendon Township Cemetery - Mendon, Michigan
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Panel 48W Line 037

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1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
  1967-1968, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  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)
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  Aug 04, 2012, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity

KIA with 17 others in an assault on the 1/13 artillery position 4k from Phu Loc. 
Notes from The Virtual Wall, assault on fire base on the  Cao Dai Peninsula.
The 1st Bn, 13th Marines had an artillery firing position located on the Cao Dei peninsula, a thumb of land which protrudes into Cau Hai Bay about 4 kilometers northwest of Phu Loc. Just before 2 am on 18 August 1968 the firing position was taken under attack, first by mortars and then by sappers who penetrated the perimeter and caused considerable damage with satchel charges before the Marines ejjected them and restored the perimeter.
From the 1/13 Marines Command Chronology for Aug 1968: "At 180155H August 1968, an enemy force of unknown strength attacked the Mortar Battery position in vicinity of Cao Dei peninsula. The attack was initiated with approximately 80-100 82mm mortar rounds, followed immediately by sapper attacks on defensive position, communications facilities, and command and control facilities. A reaction force engaged the enemy force as they were departing the position. Seven personnel of Mortar Battery, 2 OPCON personnel from 1st Field Artillery Group, and 6 from Alpha 1/26 were killed in this action and one 155mm How (TD) was severely damaged. Seven (7) enemy KIA were located within the position area after the action was complete. Intelligence received subsequent to the attack indicated the enemy suffered an additional 5 KIA and 8 WIA during this action, however, enemy casualties for the month do not reflect this as this information could not be confirmed Cannon Cocker  Pfc Norman Eversgerd's brother, SP4 Marlin C. Eversgerd, US Army, had been killed in action on 19 March 1967 during the battle at Fire Support Base Gold (also known as the Battle of Suoi Tre).
Two platoons from Alpha 1/26 had been sent from their respective positions as reaction forces - and by chance intercepted the enemy force as they withdrew from the peninsula. In a night engagement, the Alpha 1/26 Marines took the VC under fire before the enemy force broke contact and disappeared into the nearby mountains. Seventeen Marines were killed in the two enaggements: Hq Btry, 1st Bn, 11th Marines Pfc Kenneth M. Baldwin, Grafton, IA Hq Btry, 1st Fld Arty Group, 11th Marines Pfc Norman L. Eversgerd, Germantown, IL Mortar Btry, 1st Bn, 13th Marines Sgt Robert Arnold, Tampa, FL LCpl Daniel Cardenas, Fullerton, CA LCpl Sherman L. Walters, Philadelphia, PA Pfc Charles T. Belasco, New York, NY Pfc John C. Bieneman, Wheeling, IL Pfc Robert A. McAllister, Tinley Park, IL (Silver Star) Pfc Lewis W. Page, Carmi, IL A Co, 1st Bn, 26th Marines Cpl Thomas A. Leigh, Flushing, NY LCpl Ruston L. Baker, Mendon, MI LCpl James Caudill, Marion, OH LCpl John Saneda, Bryan, OH LCpl David M. St John, Milford, MA Pfc Richard E. Addison, New York, NY Pfc Philip A. D'Amico, Philadelphia, PA Pfc Paul Velez, New York, NY
Service number 2386103
Tour start date 11/15/1967
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