Abbate, Richard Clark, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
2311-Ammunition Technician
Last MOSGroup
Ammunition And Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 2311, M Co, 3rd Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (3/27)
Service Years
1965 - 1968

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elmwood Park, IL
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 18, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Joseph Cemetery - River Grove, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
62E 015 / Plot: Section AA, Block 6, Lot 23

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, United States Navy Memorial

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Rifle Expert

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), B/3381
 Unit Assignments
1st Marine Division, I MEF3rd Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (3/27), 27th Marine Regiment
  1967-1968, 2311, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1967-1968, 2311, M Co, 3rd Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (3/27)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)1
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)/Operation Allen Brook
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Contact Daughter
  From His Daughter
  My Big Brother
  Notes
  Aug 03, 2014, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
LE BAC (1), GO NOI ISLAND 4 KM EAST OF THE LIBERTY BRIDGE (23 KM SOUTH OF DANANG) 68MAY17-26
UTM grid reference is AT960526

In May 1968 the Marines staged a major offensive on Go Noi Island, which was formed by the confluence of several rivers and which had been a VC/NVA bastion for years. While the enemy's infrastructure in the area was destroyed, 52 Marines were killed in the action. Corporal Richard Abbate was one of six Marines from Mike Company, 3/27th Marines, lost on 18 May 1968:
2ndLt Thomas J. Weiss, Havertown, PA
Cpl Richard C. Abbate, Elmwood Park, IL
LCpl Donald B. Jones, Lynwood, CA
Pfc David M. Blanchard, Glendale, OR
Pfc Thomas L. Hubbard, Fort White, FL
Pfc Eugene K. Lupe, Green Bay, WI

I was with him when he died

Posted on 5/21/13 - by Gerald E. Mallon roger55@sbcglobal.net
In May 1968 our batallion ( 3-27) staged a major offensive on Go Noi Island, which was formed by the confluence of several rivers and which had been an enemy bastion for years. The enemy's infrastructure in the area was destroyed and a major offensive against DaNang was thwarted. Richard was one of six Marines from M Company lost on May 18, 1968.

Richard was my gun team leader and friend. His life exemplifies those qualities of valor and professionalism which are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps.

I think of my friend always and miss him still. I pray that his widow, daughter and family find some comfort in knowing he was a hero who gave his life in an effort to save his fellow marines.
   
Comments/Citation
Service number 2130121
Tour start date 02/21/1968
   
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