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LCpl Patrick John Dearborn
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1948
Buffalo
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 2, 1967
Quang Nam, Vietnam

Patrick was a dual citizen (Canada/USA), the son of Marietta Hicks of Ridgeway Ontario Canada, and Gilbert Dearborn of Buffalo NY, the step-son of Russell S. Hicks of Ridgeway Ontario, and he enlisted in the US Marine Corps on August 11, 1966 in Buffalo NY. Arriving in Vietnam on May 30, 1967 he was assigned for duty with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

In the early morning at approximately 02:00H a Viet Cong force composed of 100 to 150 men launched their attack on the Marines of the 2d Platoon based on Hill 25. Under a heavy mortar barrage, and greatly outnumbering the defenders, the aggressors immediately breached the wire defenses using Bangalore torpedoes and surged over the top of the hill tossing satchel charges into the bunkers where some of the men had been sleeping. Fighting quickly developed into hand to hand combat at close quarters between the Marine defenders and attacking enemy force. The smell of cordite from explosions hung in the air and the sounds of automatic gun fire resonated in the darkness of the night.

The primary radio being destroyed with the collapse of the CP Bunker, SSgt. Bolton managed to reach and locate the secondary radio calling in for a 105mm variable time-fuse fire mission of six rounds which would produce an air burst over his position on Hill 25. The artillery officer on Hill 65 was stunned; he told Bolton his request was suicidal. With no time to lose, Bolton directed his men into any available bunker and told the artillery officer, "If you don't fire now, the VC will kill us all anyway, Fire for effect! Dammit!" The artillery barrage broke the aggressors attack and the Marine survivors managed to drive the enemy off the hill.

Ten Brave Marines did not survive the night including PFC Dearborn who was killed in action as a result of multiple fragmentation wounds from a hostile explosive device.

Casualties:

Willet Rankin Amendola
Glen Douglas Bates
Patrick John Dearborn
James Gard Edinger
Stephano James Fiducioso
David Alan Jones
Gerald Kropidlowski
Robert Everett Moore
Dana Allen Pitts

David Howard Shoemaker
 
 
Burial:
Ridgeway Memorial Cemetery
Ridgeway
Niagara Regional Municipality
Ontario, Canada
Plot: Section P1, Row 10, Plot 9
 
Maintained by: Victor Vilionis
Originally Created by: Robert
Record added: Sep 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21359700
LCpl Patrick John Dearborn
Added by: Robert Tripp
 
LCpl Patrick John Dearborn
Added by: Robert Tripp
 
LCpl Patrick John Dearborn
Added by: Robert Tripp
 
 
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