Charles L. McGaha was born in Cosby, Tennessee on February 26, 1914. He tried to enlist in the United States Navy in October 1937 but was turned away because the recruiter he visited had already met his quotas. The United States Army did want him, and he was posted as a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the Hawaiian Division.
Laverne Parrish was born on July 16, 1918 in Knox City, Missouri. He was living in Ronan, Montana when he was drafted for service in the United States Army prior to our entry into World War II on March 4, 1941. Parrish served during wartime in the 25th Infantry Division in the Pacific, and was a medical aidman with the medical detachment of the division’s 161st Infantry Regiment.
On this day in 1969, Americans fighting in Vietnam in three different locations saw three of their comrades exhibit courage and gallantry above and beyond that expected of the American warrior. All three men gave their lives for our Nation.
Lester W. Weber, another Marine, was born in Aurora, IL in 1948 and was a Lance Corporal with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines.
All three men also received our Nation’s highest honor. Continue reading TFH 2/23: Three 1969 Vietnam Battles, Three Heroes