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PFC Joseph Samuel Herron
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Birth: May 28, 1944
Hinds County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 1966
Quang Ngai, Vietnam

Joseph the son of Tucker and Margaret Herron of Jackson MS enlisted in the US Marine Corps on May 2o, 1964 he was serving with H&S Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 3d MARDIV (Rein) FMF when the unit engaged NVA forces on Operation UTAH.

The first wave of Marines were taken under fire but managed to secure the landing zone and begin to move towards their objectives. Advancing in a general easterly direction, the Marines pushed forward for a few hundred meters before that were taken under heavy enemy fire. Company G penetrated the enemy positions in two places but couldn't take advantage of these minor gains because of the lack of reserves. Company H on the right, made some progress until the NVA counterattacked in force.

The attack was repulsed with the use of 81 mm mortars on the NVA troops pouring across open rice paddies. The NVA then stuck Company F with a heavy volume of fire; casualties were piling up from the devastating enemy fire for all the Marine units battling the hardened enemy troops they encountered in the open paddies, in the hedgerows and tree lines. The NVA attack was finally repulsed by air strikes, using bombs, rockets and napalm that were dropped on the NVA until the Marines reached their night defensive positions near the hamlet of Chau Nhai.

PFC Herron died as a result of an enemy gunshot wound, one of forty-four Marine casualties from the 2d Battalion killed in action by the enemy during the battle. Five Marines from Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines were also killed.

Casualties: H&S Company
Michael Anthony Gilson
Joseph Samuel Herron
Johnny Ray Holloway
Frank Lopez Jr.
Thomas Wardrop III

Attached to Company G
Daniel Patrick Birch

Attached to Company H
Lawrence Everett Johnson

William Wesley Brown
Samuel Gizzi Orlando


Company F: Twelve men killed in action, one Died of Wounds

Company G: Four men killed in action

Company H: Sixteen men killed in action
Willow Park Cemetery
Hinds County
Mississippi, USA
Plot: Section F, Lot 49
GPS (lat/lon): 32.29095, -90.21896
Created by: Victor Vilionis
Record added: May 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69202203
PFC Joseph Samuel Herron
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PFC Joseph Samuel Herron
Added by: Victor Vilionis
PFC Joseph Samuel Herron
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Remembering you today on your birthday for your service and sacrifice for our country. Rest in peace Marine Private Joseph Samuel Herron. Rest in peace.
- Steve
 Added: May. 28, 2016
You paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your service.
- Steve
 Added: Jan. 9, 2016
Sacrifice is always Remembered
- Victor Vilionis
 Added: May. 1, 2011

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