Christopher, Wayne Edward, LCpl

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Last Rank
Lance Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 0311, B Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marines (1/3)
Service Years
1967 - 1968
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Lance Corporal

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Home State
Maryland
Maryland
Year of Birth
1949
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lansdowne
Last Address
Lansdowne

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 1968
 
Cause
KIA-Killed in Action
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Baltimore National Cemetery (VA) - Baltimore, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44W 022/Plot: Section B Site 74

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
National Cemetery Administration (NCA)Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial



Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
From Month/Year
January / 1968
To Month/Year
April / 1968

Description
This campaign was from 30 January to 1 April 1968. On 29 January 1968 the Allies began the Tet-lunar new year expecting the usual 36-hour peaceful holiday truce. Because of the threat of a large-scale attack and communist buildup around Khe Sanh, the cease fire order was issued in all areas over which the Allies were responsible with the exception of the I CTZ, south of the Demilitarized Zone.

Determined enemy assaults began in the northern and Central provinces before daylight on 30 January and in Saigon and the Mekong Delta regions that night. Some 84,000 VC and North Vietnamese attacked or fired upon 36 of 44 provincial capitals, 5 of 6 autonomous cities, 64 of 242 district capitals and 50 hamlets. In addition, the enemy raided a number of military installations including almost every airfield. The actual fighting lasted three days; however Saigon and Hue were under more intense and sustained attack.

The attack in Saigon began with a sapper assault against the U.S. Embassy. Other assaults were directed against the Presidential Palace, the compound of the Vietnamese Joint General Staff, and nearby Ton San Nhut air base.

At Hue, eight enemy battalions infiltrated the city and fought the three U.S. Marine Corps, three U.S. Army and eleven South Vietnamese battalions defending it. The fight to expel the enemy lasted a month. American and South Vietnamese units lost over 500 killed, while VC and North Vietnamese battle deaths may have been somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000.

Heavy fighting also occurred in two remote regions: around the Special Forces camp at Dak To in the central highlands and around the U.S. Marines Corps base at Khe Sanh. In both areas, the allies defeated attempts to dislodge them. Finally, with the arrival of more U.S. Army troops under the new XXIV Corps headquarters to reinforce the marines in the northern province, Khe Sanh was abandoned.

Tet proved a major military defeat for the communists. It had failed to spawn either an uprising or appreciable support among the South Vietnamese. On the other hand, the U.S. public became discouraged and support for the war was seriously eroded. U.S. strength in South Vietnam totaled more than 500,000 by early 1968. In addition, there were 61,000 other allied troops and 600,000 South Vietnamese.

The Tet Offensive also dealt a visibly severe setback to the pacification program, as a result of the intense fighting needed to root out VC elements that clung to fortified positions inside the towns. For example, in the densely populated delta there had been approximately 14,000 refugees in January; after Tet some 170,000 were homeless. The requirement to assist these persons seriously inhibited national recovery efforts.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1968
To Month/Year
April / 1968
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

7th Marines

5th Marine Division

4th Marines

1st Marines

2nd Bn, 1st Marines (2/1)

1st Bn, 1st Marines (1/1)

MASS-3, MACG-38

VMA(AW)-242

2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Bn (2nd LAAD Bn)

1st Combat Engineer Bn (CEB)

HMM-262

VMA-121

3rd Bn, 7th Marines (3/7)

MWSG-17

2nd Bn, 7th Marines (2/7)

3rd Bn, 27th Marines (3/27), 27th Marine Regiment

HMM-165

26th Marine Regiment

VMGR-152

1st Bn, 27th Marines (1/27), 27th Marine Regiment

L Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marines (3/7)

3rd Marine Division

VMFA-115

VMO-2

4th Bn, 12th Marines (4/12)

VMFA-232

2nd Bn, 3rd Marines (2/3)

H&MS-16, MAG-16

HMM-361

1st Bn, 4th Marines (1/4)

2nd ROK Marine Brigade., Blue Dragons, ROK Marine Corps

VMGR-352

VMFA-122 (Crusaders)

12th Marines

9th Engineer Support Bn (ESB)

VMA-323

2nd Bn, 5th Marines (2/5)

H&S Bn, 1st Marine Logistics Group (1st MLG)

VMO-3

HMLA-367

9th Engineer Bn

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  5886 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abdul-Haqq, Talib, Pvt, (1967-1970)
  • Abplanalp, Mark, Cpl, (1968-1970)
  • Adams, Billy W., LtCol, (1953-1979)
  • Adamson, Phillip, Sgt
  • Aguiar, Bob, LCpl, (1968-1971)
  • Albertini, Robert, LCpl, (1968-1969)
  • Aldrich, Stanley, HM2, (1966-1970)
  • Alexander, Jim, Cpl, (1965-1969)
  • Alexandre, Rogers, LCpl, (1967-1973)
  • Allbritton, Steve, Cpl, (1965-1969)
  • Anderson, David, Sgt, (1967-1969)
  • Anderson, Earnest, SSgt, (1966-1990)
  • Anderson, Eric, LCDR, (1966-1998)
  • Anderson, Eric, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Anderson, Kenneth, CWO2, (1966-2001)
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