|Birth: ||Jun. 28, 1940|
|Death: ||Nov. 6, 1968|
Quang Nam, Vietnam
SSgt Skaggs was a US Marine Veteran of over ten years of service, he arrived in Vietnam on April 1, 1968 and was assigned for duty with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.
At the break of dawn, Company M left Hill 55 in a column of two's to their line of departure and began their sweep south, Company K remained as a reserve force. Within two hours the Marines were in heavy contact with the enemy as they approached the northern edge of Thuy Bo. The Marines emerged from a tree line into an open field of burial mounds, the NVA hidden behind heavy foliage in front of a small stream raked the approaching men in the open with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades. Taking casualties immediately, the men attempted to assault the enemy positions but were unable to advance against the accurate and deadly enemy fire. Being in the open and totally exposed the Marines sought the only affordable cover, the burial mounds in the graveyard.
Having made contact with a large enemy force, reinforcements were dispatched towards the battlefield. Company K moved south to join the fight as well as several other units to surround, and destroy the enemy. The battle heated up between the opposing forces, with the Marines digging in and the NVA pouring machine gun, rocket propelled grenade and mortar fire from fortified positions. The fighting continued into the evening with the arrival of morning, all seemed quiet and it appeared the enemy had slipped away during the night.
A helicopter arrived to pick up wounded and the dead, the rest of the men slowly returned to the CP on Hill 55. It had been a costly battle in Marine lives, eight Marines had been killed during the battle, including two who had been reported missing and were recovered in the morning by Marines of Company K. A USN Corpsman from a supporting unit who was killed by friendly supporting H&S I fire during the night, and many were wounded, one of whom would die three days later.
SSgt Skaggs was one of the casualties, he was killed in action as a result of hostile rifle fire.
Casualties: H&S Company – Attached to Company A
HN George Alfred Marks Jr.
Casualties: H&S Company - Attached to Company M
Philip Dominic Kaui English MIA, recovered Nov 7, 1968
Casualties: Company M
William Gordon Camp
Edward Douglas Henry
Gerald Carl Mullin
Gerald Roy Peterson
Raymond Gene Skaggs
Duncan Balfour Sleigh
James Michael Timmons
Memorial Burial Park
Plot: Sectioin 5, Lot 154, Grave 1
Created by: Victor Vilionis
Record added: Apr 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69037236
You and men like you, are the reason we are free today! As a spouse of a NAVY veteran I salute you sir for the sacrifices that you made!|
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