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Capt Leon Gordon Chadwick, III
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1940
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 1966
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

US Marine Capt Leon Gordon Chadwick III, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Raleigh, NC. He Graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1963.

As a member of the US Marine Corps, CPT Chadwick served our country until November 14th, 1966 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 26 years old and was married. It was reported that Leon died when his helicopter crashed. His body was recovered. CPT Chadwick is on panel 12E, line 070 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 3 years.

Captain Leon Gordon Chadwick III, Service NO. 087306 who served who served with VMO 6 MAG - 36 PMAG - 39 1st Marine Air Wing "Knights of Sylvester".

Three men from his group were lost on 14 Nov 1966 when their UH-1E(Bu No 151873)was shot down while conducting a strafing run. Captain Chadwick had been named a posthumous recipient of the Silver Star for an action which had taken place two weeks previously on 31 October 1966. Semper Fidelis. The Proud Young Valor That Rose Above, and Then, at last, was mortal after all. You are not forgotten nor shall you ever be. Clay Marston,

Gordon Chadwick was a life-long friend. With his untimely death, his branch of the Chadwick 'Clan' came to an end. In his honor, we named our second-born son after him: James Chadwick Cameron. Chad was 31 years old on February 7, 2001. He is a fine young man whom Gordon would have been proud to know. Same free spirit, gift of gab, friend to all, smart and principled. We remember you, Gordon, with wings on high! John Cameron

I served meals with Gordon at the KD House, UNC Chapel Hill, where we made money to put us through school. He was a good man. Howard Hanchey

Captain Leon Gordon Chadwick III, 26, died on November 14, 1966 when the helicopter he was piloting crash-landed due to hostile action in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He reportedly was killed when he piloted his aircraft low into a large Viet Cong force firing rockets and machine guns until helicopter transports successfully evacuated an ambushed team of riflemen. He continued to lead an attack until all ground forces were safe before being shot down.

History of Service: Captain Chadwick attended N.C. State University before transferring to UNC to take a Naval ROTC scholarship. While at UNC, he served as magister of Alpha Tau Chapter fraternity and battalion commander of the NROTC unit. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the Marines and assigned to gun ship roles in Vietnam. During his service he was stationed at Quantico, VA, Camp Pendleton, CA, & Danang, Republic of Vietnam. He was promoted to 1LT 05 December 1964.

Gordon Chadwick and I were in the same Sunday School group at Hayes Barton Methodist Church in Raleigh, as was his sister Rebecca (Becky). At one point, there was an older boy in the Sunday School class who tended to pick on me a bit. He also happened to be a friend of Gordons. I went to Gordon and let him know about my problem with his friend and he went to the boy and let him know he was not to pick on me any more. That's all it took. We were also schoolmates at Needham Broughton High School. Gordon was very active in Boy Scouts, a true Scout leader of Scout Troop 48, it later became Troop 348. He was an Eagle Scout, and a member of The Order of the Arrow. One summer, during a thunderstorm at Camp Durant Scout Camp, a camper was struck by lightning and Gordon rushed to administer artificial respiration, using the then accepted method of pressing the back and raising the elbows. In spite of Gordon's efforts to save him the camper did not recover.

I was in Washington, DC, years later and went to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and looked Gordon up in one of the thick Memorial directories and found and touched his name where it was chiseled into the black marble. Whenever I see closeup pictures of The Wall in print or on television, I always search for Gordon's name. Even if I don't see it there I know that it will forever be on THE WALL, a reminder of the price he paid for his country.
From a friend, Dennis Martin,

I was born a few months after Gordon. We lived about 4 blocks from each other and went to the same schools, from first grade through grade twelve in Raleigh. Leon Gordon Chadwick was a decent person and was well liked by all who knew him. He was a natural leader and was always willing to help others. I am glad that I grew up with him and knew him. I miss him and I know his Class of 1958 at Broughton High School misses him too. He knew God and our Lord was waiting to escort him home that day. A childhood friend and classmate, Hunter George,

He was the Husband of Mrs Leon G Chadwick III, 3321 Turnbridge Drive, Raleigh, NC.

He proudly served with VMO-6 Marine Air Group, 36-PMAG, 39th 1st Marine Air Wing "Knights of Sylvester".

He was a posthumous recipient of the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal with Thirteen Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal.

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  Leon Gordon Chadwick (1916 - 1967)
Montlawn Memorial Park
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 13, 2007
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Capt Leon Gordon Chadwick, III
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Remembering you and your family today. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.
- A Marine's Daughter & Army Mom
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