Agee, John Charles, HM3

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Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Primary Unit
1966-1967, HM-8404, H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
Service Years
1962 - 1967

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer

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Casualty Date
Feb 28, 1967
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Omar Cemetery - Reedtown, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28E 094

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1962, Navy Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments
2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
  1966-1967, HM-8404, H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Prairie II
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Last Known Activity
February 28, 1967
A recon patrol operating a little north of Camp Carroll, ran into a large contingent of NVA. Because of the movement of 2/3's Echo and part of Fox companies to Danang and Hotel's movement to Ba Long, only a miscellaneous assortment of units was available for Lieutenant Colonel Ohanesian to assist the recon patrol. A reduced 2/3 battalion command group, Golf Company, two reduced strength platoons from Fox Company and two tanks were all that was available. At the recon patrol's site, the rescue group was ambushed. At 1035 a vicious mortar and infantry attack stunned Lieutenant Colonel Ohanesian's Golf Company. It came under fire from well concealed positions on both flanks. The fighting was heavy, causalities mounted on both sides. The company commander of Golf was killed. Golf Company was not able to recover its dead until late in the afternoon. When the firefight ended the Marines had suffered 16 KIA and 18 WIA. At 1430 Lieutenant Colonel Ohanesian tried to move his command to a more defensible position. Major Sheridan wrote later, “We knew full well we were walking into a hornets nest. Based on the number of enemy forces we had already encountered and the vast amounts of equipment, new weapons, and ammunition, we knew we were out-manned and out-gunned.” The Marines came under automatic weapons and mortar fire. The enemy mortar fire was perfectly targeted on the Marines. The Marines could not establish fire superiority and at 1510 Lieutenant Colonel Ohanesian ordered a withdrawal. All the radiomen had been hit and causalities continued to mount. Moving the dead and wounded out of the killing zone required feats of bravery beyond comprehension. The NVA were everywhere. Lieutenant Colonel Ohanesian was carrying the last of the wounded Marines towards the perimeter when an explosion mortally wounded him. The enemy continued to alternately shell and attempt to overrun the position the remainder of the night. Lieutenant Colonel Ohanesian died around midnight as it was impossible to establish a landing zone. The helicopters were unable to land, because of heavy ground fire. Sergeant Major Hayes died about the same time of wounds suffered in hand-to-hand combat, grenade and mortar blasts. Constant artillery, night air strikes within 50 yards of the Marines position and the courage of the Marines on the ground finally took its toll and the NVA withdrew. Among the 28 KIA resulting from the ambush were Lieutenant Colonel Ohanesian and Sergeant Major Hayes and the CO of Golf Company and one of his radiomen, both of whom Desmond had met two days earlier at Ba Long. Approximately 60 Marines were WIA. Desmond took the radio message later on in the day notifying Hotel of Lieutenant Colonel Ohanesian's and Sergeant Major Hayes' deaths. As he passed the transmission on to Hotel Company the grief was palpable. The bitterly fought battle at the end of February 1967, which took place about 3 miles northwest of Cam Lo, cost the lives of 28 Marines and Corpsman:
A Co, 3rd Tank Bn:
Sergeant La Voughn Folkers, Racine, WI
Private First Class William Fahey, Scranton, PA
F Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines:
Corporal Ronald Grumling, Glenolden, PA
Corporal Stephen Miles, Bon Aqua, TN
Lance Corporal Victor Homsley, Judsonia, AR
Private First Class James Anderson, Compton, CA (Medal of Honor)
G Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines:
Captain Carl Bockewitz, Bourbon, MO
Corporal Curtis Crawford, Dunkirk, NY (Silver Star)
Lance Corporal James Goss, Mocksville, NC
Lance Corporal James Ross, Hickory, NC (Bronze Star "V")
Lance Corporal Douglas Street, Whitefish, MT
Private First Class Richard Dewane, Buffalo, NY
Private First Class Michael Glynn, Lake City, MN
H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines:
Lieutenant Colonel Victor Ohanesian, NY, NY (Silver Star)
Sergeant Major Wayne Hayes, Oceanside, CA
HM3 John Agee, Lindsey, OH
I Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines:
Corporal Donald Bollman, Norridge, IL
Private First Class De Wayne Black, Toledo, OH
Private First Class Reginald Carter, Washington, DC
Private First Class Gary Hendrickson, Ottawa, KS
L Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines:
1st Lieutenant Douglas Nichols, San Pedro, CA
Lance Corporal Jose Holguin, El Paso, TX
Lance Corporal Larry Ross, Navato, CA
Private First Class Donald Detmer, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Private First Class Patrick McKenney, McComb, MS
Private First Class Charles Norris, Veradale, WA
Private First Class Jimmie Ross, Woodville, MS
M Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines:
Lance Corporal James Byrd, Wadesboro, NC
John Charles Agee was born May 10, 1944 in Toledo Ohio. His parents were John & Roma Agee. He had 4 siblings: Barbara, Robert, William, and Mary Ellen. John graduated from Ross HS in Fremont, OH in 1962. He enlisted in the Navy on 10/18/62. He trained at Great Lakes Naval station and Jacksonville Naval hospital. John married Anne Cason in January 1964. He left for Vietnam in September of 1966. He served with Golf Company, 2nd Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines. In Quang Tri, Vietnam on February 28, 1967. He was 22 years old. His son John Steven Agee was born on March 30, 1967.

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