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PFC Marshall Eugene Callahan
Birth: Dec. 26, 1949
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 29, 1968
Sagamihara
Kanagawa, Japan

PFC Marshall Eugene Callahan, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Charlotte, NC.

Private First Class Marshall Eugene Callahan was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, PFC Callahan served our country until August 29th, 1968 in Douc Phou, South Vietnam. It was reported that he died as a result of Pneumonia while recovering from burns in a Military Hospital in Japan. He was 18 years old and was not married. His body was recovered. PFC Callahan is on panel 46W, line 058 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

I remember being at the Duc Pho Bridge (Bridge 111, I think) when we received word that one of our 5 Ton Trucks had hit a mine. It had been sent to the rock quarry some miles south of LZ Thunder Mountain (our base camp) to bring back rock needed to build the abutments for Bridge 111. It was Sgt Garido's (?) squad vehicle and included SP/4 Kennebrew and PFC Callahan. By the time we arrived, they had both Kennebrew and Callahan on a Medavac copter headed to the local military hospital. Word was that Kennebrew, despite being gravely wounded, managed to help extinguish fire and flames on PFC Callahan in a attempt to save his life. I remember SP/4 Kennebrew being a good person, a competent soldier and always did his job without complaining. When the bridge was finished, it was called KC Bridge 414. I have pictures of the bridge if one is interested. I was a squad leader with Kennebrew's platoon in the 19th Engineers when the incident happened. David T. Yates.

I still miss you little brother, and I cry often when I think of you. I'm 62 years old now but it seems like yesterday that I still had my baby brother with me. Although you never met my wife, Toni, she always asks questions about you and reminds me when it's time to put flowers on yours, Mothers, Dads, and Linda's Markers. It's hard to go down to Sunset and not be able to talk to my family that's buried there but someday I'll see you in glory. Your big Brother, Paul Eddie Callahan Jr, edntoni1@msn.com.

I served with PFC Callahan in D Co. 19th Engineer in 1968. Our platoon was rebuilding an old French bridge on QL-1 just south of Duc Pho at the time. The bridge had been blown by Charlie a few years earlier. The name of the bridge, at the time, was Bridge 111, I believe. We were in the process of building the intermediate supports and abutments at the time. Sgt Garrido(?), his driver SP/4 Kennebrew, and PFC Callahan had been tasked to go pick up a load of stones from the rock quarry south of LZ Thunder Mountain (our base camp). They were on their way back when their truck hit a mine killing both Sp4 John C Kennebrew, and Callahan.

I remember him as a quite dedicated individual who was a good team player. He worked hard at everything he did. I was a squad leader in the same platoon with PFC Callahan and SP/4 Kennebrew. When Bridge 111 was finished later that fall, it was renamed KC Bridge 414 in honor of PFC Callahan and SP/4 Kennebrew. I have pictures of the bridge showing the dedication if anyone would like a copy. Both Callahan and Kennebrew were good young men and the world would be a better place today if they were here. David T. Yates Formerly of: Delta Company, 19th Enginner Battalion.

PFC Marshall E. Callahan was my uncle. I never had the chance to meet my uncle - hero. He was injured on August 21st 1968, three years to the day I was born in 1971. He died 8 days later, on August 29th, 1968 as a result of the injuries he sustained from a land mine. He was a very young man who gave his life for our country and I am very proud that he was/is my uncle and one of many fallen heroes that have sacrificed their lives for our country. I'm in the Army as well. And I carry with me the spirit of these men (and women) who have sacrificed so much. May God bless our heroes. Christopher Callahan, 4360A Dolan Street Fort Campbell, KY 42223, c.callahan4@us.army.mil.

He was the son of Mr and Mrs Paul E Callahan, 2124 Chesterfield Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205.

Served with the 19th Combat Engineer Battalion, 19th Combat Engineer Battalion, 35th Engineer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade, USARV Engineer Command, USARV.

He was awarded The Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device for Bravery, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, the Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Paul Edward Callahan (1906 - 1985)
  Clara Mae Reynolds Callahan (1917 - 1987)
 
 Sibling:
  Paul Edward Callahan (1941 - 2014)*
  Marshall Eugene Callahan (1949 - 1968)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sunset Memory Gardens
Mint Hill
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 10, 2007
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PFC Marshall Eugene Callahan
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