McCarthy, Whilton Anthony, LCpl

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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 0311, 5th Marine Division
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Lance Corporal

 
 

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1946
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Cpl William Thomas Mitchell, III (Billy)-Deceased to remember Marine LCpl Whilton Anthony McCarthy (Tony).

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charlotte, NC
Last Address
Charlotte, NC

Casualty Date
May 16, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Vietnam
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Carolina Memorial Park - Concord, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20E14

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Training RegimentMCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SCMCB Camp PendletonHQ Co, 26th Marine Regiment
2nd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (2/26)Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)3rd Marine Division
5th Marine Division
  1966-1966, 0311, 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  1966-1966, 521, MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SC
  1966-1966, 0311, Staging Bn, MCB Camp Pendleton
  1966-1967, 0311, HQ Co, 26th Marine Regiment
  1966-1967, 0311, 2nd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (2/26)
  1966-1967, 0311, G Co, 2nd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (2/26)
  1966-1967, 0311, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1966-1967, 0311, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1966-1967, 0311, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1966-1967, 0311, WESTPAC Ground Forces
  1966-1967, 0311, 3rd Marine Division
  1966-1967, 0311, 5th Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Prairie II
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Canyon
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Big Horn II
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Shawnee
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Prairie IV
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Hickory
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Cimarron
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Assaulting NVA positions with 1st platoon G/2/26 during Operation Hickory approx 1500 May 16, 1967. This was the first day of Hickory and happened right near the church where F/2/26 was ambushed.

US Marine LCPL Whilton Anthony McCarthy, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Charlotte, NC.

US Marine Lance Corporal Whilton Anthony McCarthy was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, LCPL Mc Carthy served our country until May 16th, 1967 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that Whilton died from artillery fire. His body was recovered. Whilton was born on September 12th, 1946 in Charlotte, North Carolina. LCPL Mc Carthy is on panel 20E, line 014 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 2 years.

Corpsmen: We called him the preacher. He was always supporting us with God's Word and comfort. Ray Mierzwa, 23 Orchard Ave, Whitestown, NY 13492, docrainman5@yahoo.com.

He was the son of Mr and Mrs Whilton H McCarthy, 1522 Wilmore Drive, Charlotte, NC.

He served with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion 26th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 3rd MAF.

He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal and
   
Comments/Citation
My gun team was pulled back from position. McCarthy's fireteam assumed my gunteams position. They were immediately hit with a 57 mm round resulting in McCarthy's death. We were unable to recover his body until later that afternoon. J.C. Christian had to be physically restrained from going out and trying to retrieve his body. The NVA had boobytrapped his body with a grenade between the legs. Our platoon commander 2ndLt Gerst wanted to blow the grenade in place. Everyone refused and it was removed and his body was medivaced. I have always thought the round was intended for our machinegun team as it hit as soon as we swapped positions. Vietnam Wall Panel No. 20E Line 14
   
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