Byrd, Vinson, Cpl

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

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fairmont
Last Address
Fairmont

Casualty Date
Jul 06, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Commuity Cemetery - Fairmont, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 23E Line 17

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Sharpshooter

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Training RegimentMarine Barracks Guantanamo Bay, CubaMCB Camp Pendleton2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
  1966-1966, 0300, 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  1966-1966, 0311, Marine Barracks Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  1966-1966, 0311, Staging Bn, MCB Camp Pendleton
  1966-1967, 0311, Fox Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Kern
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Shasta
  1966-1967 Camp Carroll
  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)/Operation Beacon Star
  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 Hickory
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Beacon Torch
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Calhoun
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Buffalo
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Beaver Track
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
July 6, 1967
The enemy made the first move at 0535 with a probe of Company E’s perimeter. The Marines met the attack with skillful, coordinated machine gun and artillery fire. The Communists broke off the engagement, leaving 14 bodies behind plus abandoned weapons and equipment. Shortly after the beginning of the fight along the Company E perimeter, 40 NVA mortar rounds hit the BLT command group and Company G, located about four kilometers south of the DMZ. Return fires temporarily silenced the Communist gunners, but at 0800 a Company H patrol less than 2 miles to the northeast also came under mortar fire. Supporting tanks and artillery again silenced the enemy, but not before RPG rounds hit two of the supporting Marine tanks. Following preparation fires on the morning of July 6, all battalions continued moving north. Major Beard’s BLT 2/3 ran into an enemy force supported by mortars less than 3 kilometers south of Con Thien. In the brief engagement that followed the battalion killed 35 Communist soldiers, while suffering 6 KIA and 25 WIA. The remainder of the of the day reverted to duels between Communist mortars and U.S. artillery.

The 6 Marines lost were;
  • F Company:
    • Cpl Vinson Byrd, Orrum, NC
    • LCpl Terence J. Kilbane, Parma, OH
    • Pfc Terry W. Judkins, Willoughby, OH
  • G Company:
    • LCpl Melvin E. Kuhlman, Falls City, NE
  • H Company:
    • Cpl John R. Houlihan, Brockton, MA
  • H&S Company:
   
Comments/Citation
This stands for Foxtrot Co 2nd Bn 3rd Marines 3rd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force
 
   
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