Biehl, Gary Ladd, LCpl

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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 0311, Echo Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Lance Corporal

 
 

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lagro
Last Address
Oneco,Florida

Casualty Date
May 03, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Riverside Cemetery - Andrews, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 19E Line 021/plot 2379

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1966, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 260
 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Training Regiment2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
  1966-1966, 0300, 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  1966-1967, 0311, Echo Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Camp Carroll
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Prairie
  1967-1967 Khe Sanh Combat Base
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Prairie II
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Beau Diddly
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Battle of Khe Sanh (Hill Fights)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Beacon Star
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Hill 881 North, 8 km West-Northwest of Khe Sanh Combat Base

Hill 881N
At 10:15 on 2 May Companies E and G 2/3 Marines assaulted Hill 881N from the south and east. Company G encountered a NVA position and pulled back to allow for artillery support. Company E almost reached the summit of the hill when it was hit by an intense rainstorm and the Battalion was pulled back into night defensive positions.

 
At 04:15 on 3 May a NVA force attacked Company E's night defensive position, penetrating the east of the position and reoccupying some bunkers. A Marine squad sent to drive out the NVA was hit by machine gun fire and a scratch squad of engineers was sent to support them while air and artillery strikes were called in on the NVA. A flareship arrived overhead and the Marines on Hill 881S could see approximately 200 NVA forming up to attack Company E from the west and fired over 100 rounds of 106mm recoilless rifle fire to break up this fresh assault. At 08:50 on May 3 reinforcements were flown in to support Company E, while Company H 2/3 Marines attacked the NVA from the rear. Companies E and F 2/3 Marines began their assault on Hill 881N, NVA fire increased as they neared the summit and both Companies pulled back to allow for air and artillery strikes. The assault resumed at 13:00 and by 14:45 the hilltop had been captured. The last bunker was cleared at 15:00, 27 Marines were killed and 84 wounded in the attack, while the NVA had lost 137 killed and 3 captured. Prisoner interrogations revealed plans for another attack on the Marine positions that night, but this did not occur.

LCpl Biehl  
MOS: 0311 Rifleman
Gary was born in Indianapolis, IN, prior to his family moving to Lagro, IN. He was known as Laddie to his family and friends. Gary graduated with the Northfield High School Class of 1964. While living in Oneco, FL, Gary enlisted in the Marines 2 April 1966, at Parris Island MCRD, Beaufort, SC. Gary graduated from boot camp sometime during May 1966 with Platoon 260. After boot camp Gary was sent to the Infantry Training Regiment, for further training at Camp Lejune. Gary arrived in Vietnam 1 December 1966, and was assigned to 1st Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Gary died in the vicinity of Huong Hoa, during an NVA ground assault on Hill 881N, about 8 kilometers west northwest of Khe Sanh Airfield, during Operation Beacon Star. Gary died as a result of a shrapnel wound to the right post thorax and base of neck from hostile mortar fire and from multiple wounds to the right thigh and right buttocks exiting his middle thigh from rifle fire. Gary was single and served his country for 1 year, 1 month and 1 day. He had been in Vietnam for 5 months and 2 days. Gary was 20 years, 9 months and 26 days old.
   
Comments/Citation
Service number 2225384
Tour start date 12/01/1966
   
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