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PFC Wesley David Day CO L 3D BN 7TH MAR 1ST MAR DIV U.S. Marine Corps

NameWesley David Day
RankPFC
UnitCO L 3D BN 7TH MAR 1ST MAR DIV
BranchU.S. Marine Corps
Birth 06/06/1948
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died 11/26/1967
Vietnam
Grave GPS 0.0000000, 0.0000000
War(s)/Conflict(s)Vietnam

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09/24/2017

Biography

Wesley David Day, Burial:Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA Plot: Good Shepherd, Lot 50 D, Grave 1

Birth: 6 Jun abt 1948 Kent, United States Death: 26 Nov abt 1967 Vietnam Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Wesley David Day in the U.S., Vietnam War Military Casualties, 1956-1998 U.S., Vietnam War Military Casualties, 1956-1998 No Image Name: Wesley David Day Birth Date: 6 Jun 1948 Death Date: 26 Nov 1967 Age: 19 Home City: Grand Rapids Home State: Michigan SSN/Service #: 2365134 Death Date: 26 Nov 1967 Casualty Country: Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Tour Start Date: 17 Oct 1967 Service Branch: United States Marine Corps Component: Regular (RA, USN, USAF, USMC, USCG) Rank: Private First Class Military Grade: Private First Class Pay Grade: Private (U.S. Army) or Airman (U.S. Air Force) or Private First Class (U.S. Marine Corps) or Grade/Rate Abbreviations With First Column: A,C,D,F,H,S,Or T; Third And Fourth Columns: Blank (U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard) Province: Military Region 1 - Quang Nam Decoration: Not Available CN: Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Unit: COL 3DBN 7THMAR 1STMAR DIV Service Occupation: Rifleman (USMC) Data Source: Coffelt Database

Wesley David Day in the U.S., Vietnam War Military Casualties, 1956-1998 U.S., Vietnam War Military Casualties, 1956-1998 No Image Name: Wesley David Day Birth Date: 6 Jun 1948 Death Date: 26 Nov 1967 Gender: Male Age: 19 Race: Caucasian (White) Home City: Grand Rapids Home State: Michigan Religion: Protestant- No Denominational Preference Marital Status: Single (Spouse Not Listed) (Single) SSN/Service #: #####5134 Citizen Status: U.S. Death Date: 26 Nov 1967 Processed Date: Nov 1967 Casualty Country: Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Casualty Type: Hostile - Killed Casualty Reason: Gunshot or Small Arms Fire Casualty Air: Ground Casualty Body Status: Body Recovered Service Branch: United States Marine Corps Component: Regular (RA, USN, USAF, USMC, USCG) Military Grade: Private First Class Pay Grade: Private (U.S. Army) or Airman (U.S. Air Force) or Private First Class (U.S. Marine Corps) or Grade/Rate Abbreviations With First Column: A,C,D,F,H,S,Or T; Third And Fourth Columns: Blank (U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard) Province: Military Region 1 - Quang Nam Length of Service : 00 Service Occupation: Rifleman (USMC) Data Source: Combat Area Casualties Current File

PFC Wesley David Day Birth: Jun. 6, 1948 Grand Rapids Kent County Michigan, USA Death: Nov. 26, 1967 Quang Nam, Vietnam

Wesley the son of David W. Day of Granger IN and Harriet P. Day deceased enlisted in the US Marine Corps on April 18, 1967 in Detroit MI. He arrived in Vietnam on October 17, 1967 and was assigned for duty with Company L, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

With search and destroy operations centered north of the Thu Bong river on Operation FOSTER, Company F encountered a bunkered enemy force in Phu Binh village complex, after pursuing three enemy snipers. Entering the built up area the morning erupted with the sound of automatic weapons directed at the Marines from well concealed trenches and fighting holes.

Company L, operating just to the south of Company F made contact with another force at about the same time, both units were being hit with small arms, rocket propelled grenades and mortar fire. The enemy fire increased from the hamlet Phu Long keeping the Marines of Company L pinned down in a graveyard. By midafternoon Company I, 3d Battalion was committed to the action with the men attempting to break through to their comrades. Marine casualties were mounting from accurate fire from a stubborn enemy who had the advantage of concealment resisting artillery and air strikes called in by the Marines. The ferocious battles raged until the units linked up early in the evening, harassing fire continued throughout the night making any medical evacuations virtually impossible, most of the wounded would have to wait for daylight.

The action proved costly for the men of the 7th Marines, with thirteen killed and eighty wounded during the engagement with the enemy forces. PFC Day was one of the men killed in action as a result of enemy rifle fire.

  • PFC Day was presented with the Silver Star Medal posthumously "For conspicuous gallantry and inrtrepidity in action ....on 26 November 1967..."

Casualties:

Company F Donald Albert Basalla Michael David Deeson Hank John Conrad DeHommel Danny Lee Frye Manuel Hernandez William Henry Prothero Lonnie Lee Silver Michael Daniel Deeson

H&S Company Frank Leroy Allred Jr.

Company I Gerald Anthony DeMunda

Company L Wesley David Day Gerald Ray Hendrickson Cecil Dwight Lamm Arthur William Riegel Jr.

Burial:Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Grand Rapids Kent County Michigan, USA Plot: Good Shepherd, Lot 50 D, Grave 1


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