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PFC Timothy Shanower 3/5th Marines KIA 3 Sep 1968

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Found this group of items today at a thrift/junk store First noticed the USMC cycle book( Don't know the proper term for it) After picking it up, saw 1968 date. Opened it, and saw a bunch of paper items folded in it. Didn't get to involved in looking at the paper until I got it home and then the reality of it all hit me like a brick. The book and papers were from PFC Timothy E. Shanower of Perrysburg, OH. He was with Mike Co. 3Bn/5th Marines and was KIA on 3 Sept. 1968 in Quang Nam So. VietNam. The most poignant part were the two letters dated 1 and 2 Sept 1968. In the latter one he tries to comfort his parents, stating that he hadn't seen much "terrible shooting or gun-fighting" and that the Artillery and Air took care of the "hard work and we just clean up afterwards". I found a great memorial to him on the 3/5th website.

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The two photographs are from the 3/5th Memorial Site. The letter is from LtCol H.E. Atkinson, Bn C.O. 3/5th Marines 1st Marine Div. and was a part of the group that I found today

With deepest respect and gratitude,

Mike W.

US Army 1972-74

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Great group. Seeing letters in the man's own handwriting always is touching. RIP Marine


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Looking for WW2 Ike jackets and service coats for the 65th, 71st, 75th, 91st and 106th Infantry Divisons

"Danko, What do you want out of this Army?!"

"Me sir!"

-PFC John Danko Jr, My Grandpa, hero and buddy. RIP

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The most poignant part were the two letters dated 1 and 2 Sept 1968. In the latter one he tries to comfort his parents, stating that he hadn't seen much "terrible shooting or gun-fighting" and that the Artillery and Air took care of the "hard work and we just clean up afterwards".

I think we've all told those lies downrange

 

Sad tale, the letter furnishing information sure reads very matter of fact and I imagine a bit insensitive, likely due to the LtCol having read far too many of these types of accounts and having to harden himself out of necessity. The word 'expired' seems very matter-of-fact


-Brig
GySgt/USMC/0369
RSU-Quantico


"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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I have a similar letter from 7/69 about my brother who was also KIA in 3/5.

 

Kurt


My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

 

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Incredible paper grouping to a man who sacrificed his life for this country. I would head back to that thrift store and see if you can turn up anymore items!


Please Remember the Following Service Members who have passed on!

 

Manley S Webb- 1925-2006 US Navy WW2

James W Boutilier - 1921-1983 US Navy Seabees WW2

Russell W Haight - 1876-1953 Spanish American War, Cuban Pacification, Mexican Border War NYNG

Lt Colonel William H Warren 1921-2014 USAF

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Glad that you rescued this material. This Marine's memory will now endure a while longer. R.I.P. PFC Shanower. Semper Fi! Bobgee


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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