On Monday, September 19, 1966, Staff Sergeant Lawrence Vincent McMahon lost his life at the age of 33, born October 10, 1932, with over 16 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1965, prior to receiving orders for Viet Nam, Sgt McMahon served as a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. He was the Senior Drill Instructor of Recruit Platoon 145 - The Arizona Platoon - that graduated on September 15, 1965 (possibly his final platoon). Upon arriving in Vietnam he was assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac, as Battalion Wire Chief.
Staff Sergeant Lawrence Vincent McMahon was the husband of Martha McMahon and the father of Deborah, Lawrence, Donna, Michael and Linda all of Happaugh, Long Island, NY. On September 19, 1966, during Operation Prairie in northern Quảng Tri Province, the Battalion set up a temporary field Command Post (CP) which was located in the Cam Lo River Valley northwest of Highway 9. The CP was hit with a barrage of 32 rounds of 82 mm enemy mortar fire which killed two Marines and wounded 5 more. One of the casualties was SSgt McMahon who was killed in action and died outright as a result of multiple fragmentation wounds. SSgt McMahon is honored on the Vietnam Memorial at Panel 10E, Line 117.
S SGT H&S CO 7 MAR
1 MAR DIV