Bauer, Karol Raymond, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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1967-1967, 0369, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)/Mike Co
Service Years
1956 - 1967

Staff Sergeant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Cpl Elizabeth Davis to remember Marine SSgt Karol Raymond Bauer.

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Casualty Date
Apr 30, 1967
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Thompson Memorial Cemetery - New Hope, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 18E Line 118

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3rd Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)
  1967-1967, 0369, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)/Mike Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
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Last Known Activity
In early April the North Vietnamese Army's 325C Division (18th, 95th, and 101st Regiments) moved through Laos and positioned itself to capture the combat base at Khe Sanh. By 25 April the 18th Regiment had emplaced itself on Hill 861, one of three hills which controlled key terrain around Khe Sanh. The 3rd Marine Division commander determined that the three hills had to be denied to the enemy. After heavy fighting, the Marines captured Hill 661, decimating the 18th Regiment, and turned toward Hills 881 North and 881 South, defended by the NVA 95th Regiment. The initial assault on Hill 881 South was made by elements of the 3rd and 9th Marines on 30 April and was not successful - the enemy was well entrenched on the crest of the steep hill and vigorously resisted the Marine advance. By nightfall, the Marines withdrew from the hill, having lost 57 dead and hundreds wounded. Hill 881 South was subjected to heavy supporting arms fire on 01 May and captured on 02 May. Staff Sergeant Karol R. Bauer was killed in action during the initial assault on 30 April.
SSgt Karol R. Bauer was approaching the crest of the hill when he began warning his comrades to remain back and take cover as he heard mortars pop from their tubes. His warning was responsible for saving many lives as moments later an enemy mortar barrage saturated the Marine advance. After the barrage, SSgt Bauer rushed to assist the casualties to points of safety. While assisting one Marine, an enemy sniper mortally wounded him.
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