Garrity, Eugene, HM3

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Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Primary Unit
1969-1969, HM-8404, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
Service Years
1964 - 1969

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer

 
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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Media, PA
Last Address
Media, PA

Casualty Date
Feb 23, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery - Springfield, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
23W 096

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2014, United States Navy Memorial
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1969-1969, HM-8404, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He arrived in Vietnam and was assigned as a Medical Corpsman to H&S Company, attached to Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines (Rein) FMF.

During the Tet Offensive, first sighting of the enemy occurred at approximately 02:00H when forty NVA were sighted moving northward in the vicinity of the Bo Ban village complex in Hieu Duc District. A short time later a squad in an ambush position engaged the enemy with small arms and M-79 fire. Shortly after this initial contact another squad observed a large enemy force in the vicinity of the Duong Lam village complex and called for an artillery mission on the enemy position. Marines from the third platoon were dispatched to pursue and intercept the enemy, although outnumbered the Marines seized the opportunity of surprise and a ferocious fire fight ensued with the sound of gunfire penetrating the dark night. Additional Marines were dispatched and maneuvering in the darkness the reaction squad penetrated the enemy at mid column finding themselves in the midst of the NVA force and in crossfire. The NVA, counter attacked during the night, unsure of the forces they faced decided to dig in to enable them to weather the storm until an opportune moment for them to break through the Marines. Company K sent a reaction platoon to reinforce Company M, finally managing to break through NVA lines and reach the embattled Marines. The friendly forces were consolidated and began what would be the final thrust against the NVA they had been battling throughout the night and most of the day. HM3 Garrity was one of the casualties; he was killed in action during the fire fights as a result of hostile rifle fire.

Casualties: Company M
Bennye Warren Cowley
Thomas Harry Crook
Norman Mark Harmon
Calvin Lamar Howell Jr.
Adrian James Smith
Jerry Lewis Taylor
Freddie Leon Tipton
Billy Louis Underwood
Lester William Weber 
Casualties: H&S Company
Attached to Company M
   
   
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