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LCPL Leon Louis Vivette

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LCPL Leon Louis Vivette

Birth
Death 6 Jul 1967 (aged 22)
Burial Wapato, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 86124434 View Source
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TWO WAPATO MARINES KILLED IN VIETNAM
Two former Wapato High School football teammates died last week aboard the same hospital ship off the coast of Vietnam each unaware that the other was aboard. They are Lance Corporal Leonard Miramontez, 20, and Lance Corporal Leon Louis Vivette, 22.
This now brings the total to three Wapato men who have lost their lives in service to the United States in Vietnam, Sp/4 Forrest Lee Ramos, 20, was killed last month.
Lance Corporal Leonard Miramontez was born 6 Nov 1946, in Toppenish WA. He graduated 10 Jun 1965 from Wapato High School, where he had been a 12-year senior. While attending school in Wapato, he had been active in Lettermen's Club.
He was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.
At the time of his death, Lance Corporal Miramontez was serving with "B" Co, 3rd Tank Battalion, U.S. Marines. He entered the service on 14 Mar 1966.
He had worked at a Toppenish service station for a short time before entering the service last year. He also attended school while serving with the U.S. Marines.
His parents, Modesto Miramontez, Toppenish, and Mrs. Guadalupe Miramontez, 504 So. Camas Ave., Wapato, were notified last Thursday in a letter from the U. S. Marine Corps which read in part, "Lance Corporal Leonard Miramontez was wounded in action, 6 Jul (1967), place unknown. Wounded in left shoulder, right arm, and right and left legs."
According to Mrs. Miramontez, she received a telegram Sunday saying in part, "Lance Corporal Leonard Miramontez, USMC, died 6 Jul (1967) aboard a U.S. Naval hospital ship from missile wounds received when the tank in which he was riding was hit by anti-tank fire while engaged in action against hostile forces in and near Quang Trion on 6 Jul 1967."
Besides his parents, members of his family include five sisters - Mrs. Margaret Sanchez of Toppenish, Mrs. Sara Lopez and Mrs. Mary Solis of Wapato, Miss Ruth Miramontez of Seattle, and Mrs. Sally Hererra of Colorado; eight brothers - Joe, Jesse and Fred Ramirez of Toppenish, John Miramontez of Wapato, Alvin Martin, Eufino and Robert Miramontez of Seattle: several nieces and nephews.
Lance Corporal Leon Louis Vivette died aboard the same U.S. Naval Hospital Ship as Lance Corporal Miramontez, the USS Sanctuary, and on the same day, 6 Jul (1967). Vivette died from missile wounds received in the head and also in the body.
Vivette, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Vivette, Route 1, Wapato, was born 8 Apr 1945, in Toppenish.
He attended one year of schooling in Harrah and the other eleven he attended at Wapato. He graduated from Wapato High School on 4 Jun 1964, as a star athlete. While in school, he was president of Lettermen's Club for the 1963-64 school year, a member of the Future Farmers of America, a member of the varsity football team (of which he was honorary captain in 1964) and was pitcher on the baseball team all three years of high school. He also played basketball in the annual All-Indian Basketball Tournaments.
He was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.
Lance Corporal Vivette and Miss Marilyn Brockett had announced their engagement in the fall of 1965.
He graduated from Tacoma Vocational Institute before joining the U.S. Marine Corps on 5 Oct 1966. He was a licensed barber in the state of Washington.
Vivette graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego CA in December. He then went through ITR at Camp Pendleton as a private first class. After extensive training at Camp Pendleton, he was assigned to Kilo Company, 4th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Platoon, at Camp Carrol near DMZ, South Vietnam. He left the United States on 14 May (1967), and arrived in DaNang 25 May (1967). He was stationed at Dong Ho.
After a short stay of nineteen days at Okinawa, he was among the first Marines to enter the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam, in May of this year.
Vivette was promoted to Lance Corporal on 29 Jun (1967), just seven days before he was killed.
Besides his parents, members of the family include one brother, Charles (Chuck) Vivette, Wapato; four sisters, Mrs. Robert (Yvonne) Smith of White Swan, Mrs. Marvin (Florience) Hoffman of San Diego, Miss Emalence Vivette of San Diego, and Mrs. Richard Galligher of Beaverton OR; his grandmother, Lena Vivette of Grande Ronde OR. He was also the grandson of the late William and Emily Hoptowit.
Sourwine-Merritt Funeral Home, Wapato, will have charge of funeral arrangements for both Lance Corporals Miramontez and Vivette. (Wapato Independent, Wapato WA, Thursday, 13 Jul 1967)


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Washington; L Cpl Co k 4 Mar 3 Mar Div; Vietnam Ph

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 86124434
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86124434/leon-louis-vivette : accessed ), memorial page for LCPL Leon Louis Vivette (8 Apr 1945–6 Jul 1967), Find a Grave Memorial ID 86124434, citing Reservation Community Memorial Park, Wapato, Yakima County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by SaB1924 (contributor 47732756) .