Kellams, Glennis Ray, SSgt

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Staff Sergeant
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1968-1968, 0369, A Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27)
Service Years
1959 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Albany
Last Address
New Albany

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 49E Line 043/Section 2h Site 2089

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 Unit Assignments
II MEF1st Marine Division, I MEF27th Marine Regiment1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27), 27th Marine Regiment
  1965-1966, 0311, 2nd Marine Brigade
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1968-1968, 0311, 27th Marine Regiment
  1968-1968, 0311, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27), 27th Marine Regiment
  1968-1968, 0369, A Co, 1st Bn, 27th Marine Regiment (1/27)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Hue City
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 27th Marines were deployed to Vietnam (along with the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division) in a big hurry. The 1st Battalion was already embarked in Navy amphibious ships and heading to an exercise area when the amphibious group was redirected to Vietnam. The next land the 1/27 Marines saw was Vietnam.
After a period of work-ups with a veteran Marine unit, the 1/27 Marines were given their own area of operations - one which included elements of two North Vietnamese Army battalions, a VC Main Force battalion, and several smaller VC regional and local force units.

The 1/27's first major engagement took place on 13 April 1968 when they fought a bloody battle with elements of the North Vietnamese Army east of the city of Hue. The fight cost the Marines dearly - 26 dead and 46 wounded - but killed at least 62 enemy soldiers and helped to clear the area of remaining NVA/VC forces. The dead were

A Company:
SSgt Glennis R. Kellams, New Albany, IN (Silver Star)
Cpl Kenneth M. Watson, Toledo, OH
LCpl Richard L. Embrey, Warren, AZ
LCpl Stephen J. Hinds, Osseo, MN
Pfc Raymond Armstrong, Cleveland, OH
Pfc Frank W. Atherton, Templeton, PA
Pfc Robert C. Healey, Trenton, NJ
Pfc Kenneth L. Hinnant, Johnson City, TN
Pfc Larry C. Hopper, Ontario, CA
Pfc Jerry A. Snipes, Albemarle, NC

B Company:
2ndLt Alan A. Kettner, Springfield, MN
Cpl James E. Hodge, Macksburg, OH
LCpl Terry L. Fuhrman, Fort Wayne, IN (DoW 14 Apr 68)
LCpl Alfred V. Whitmer, Morenci, AZ
Pfc Roger A. Boomsma, Arcadia, CA
Pfc Douglas L. Long, Savannah, GA
Pfc Barry D. Lord, Findlay, OH
Pfc Paul L. Whitthorne, Memphis, TN
Pfc William W. Wilson, St Marys, WV
Pvt Ray T. Comfort, Northumberland, PA

C Company:
Cpl Joseph C. Reid, Baton Rouge, LA
Pfc Donald L. Mansfield, Rockland, ME
Pfc William G. Parker, Detroit, MI

H&S Company:
SSgt Fred J. Hayes, Walnut Creek, CA (Silver Star) (with Delta 1/27)
HN3 Robert L. Dodsworth, Franklin, IL
HN Richard E. Cawley, St Joseph, MO
Vietnam memorial Wall Panel 49E Line 043
Service #   1858569

Start of Tour   02/28/1968

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Glennis Ray Kellams (1858569), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Kellams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Home Town: New Albany, Indiana

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