An anonymous person recently reading a remembrance I had written for my boyhood friend MARINE PFC WILLIAM A. FUCHS JR killed in Vietnam February 28, 1966 at the Virtual Wall on the Internet, told me where he was buried. Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Wisconsin, the city where I now reside in.
Memorial for Private First Class
William A. Fuchs Jr
2nd Bn 1st Marines
Fox Company 1966
I had been searching for his final resting place and the whereabouts of his brother JACK for some 40 odd years and had not seen them together in close to 50 years. We had lost touch when we moved from our neighborhood 21st & North in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
We all attended Brown Street School and West Division High School in 1960. We all joined the armed forces. Bill in 1963 joined the Marines I joined the Army in 1964 and Jack the Navy in 1965.
Jack served ( 3 ) terms in Vietnam and escorted his brothers body home from Japan. There was much press and TV coverage of Bill's funeral as this was one of the first casualties of the war from Milwaukee.
somehow gave it to me. Now I was returning it back to him 50 years later. On the back he had written a note of Love "From Your Brother Jack".
started to exchange remembrance's. He gave me the picture attached with him and Bill at the Wall. A unique picture to say the least. I gave him a picture of himself in the 8th grade that he had given to Bill and
I do not think the reality of this experience has set in yet for both of us.
We did agree that the recent passing of his mother and another brother did have something to do with this reunion as well as Bill and of course God.
God does things on his own timetable not ours!
God Bless You and The United States of America
Carter J. Doering
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045
US Army 1964-1967
This tipster also provided me with their older brothers address and phone number whom I called immediately. I left a message for Jack to call if he wanted to talk to me. I waited two weeks with no response. I than wrote him a letter telling him he should only call if he wanted to and if not that I would understand. Also, I told him how I had kept the memory of Bill alive for all these years and did understand the Sanctity of a Hero's Family.On July 2nd I received a phone call from Jack that he was here in Milwaukee and that he had just driven from a Western
You can imagine how this 4th of July had a very special meaning for us as well. We both knew "Freedom is Not Free" but, that Marine PFC William A. Fuchs Jr. killed in action on February 28th, 1966 in Vietnam
has and "Will be Remembered" by Jack and my family, as well as others who I have told this story to :
HAS NOT DIED IN VAIN.
"No Man is Dead Until He is Forgotten".
State for two days. Naturally we had breakfast the next morning where I met his wife Annette and their two daughters. We had not even taken a bite of our food when we
On 28 Feb 1966 Fox and Golf Companies, 2nd Bn, 1st Marines, were conducting a search and destroy operation on the Phu Thu Peninsula in Thua Thien. Fox 2/1 encountered a "heavy contact" which developed into a bitter fight with elements of a VC Main Force battalion. Fox 2/1 had 14 men killed in action before Golf 2/1 flanked the enemy from one direction and an ARVN battalion from another, forcing the VC to scatter and attempt a retreat. Golf 2/1 also lost a Marine in the operation.
•Fox Company: •Pfc Roger D. Bulifant, Belleville, MI •Cpl Henry C. Casebolt, St Joseph, MO (Navy Cross) •Pfc Warren L. Christensen, Hooper, UT •Pfc William Fuchs, Milwaukee, WI •Cpl Charles Johnson, Batavia, IL •Pfc James B. Laird, Davenport, IA •LCpl Larry E. MacDonald, Detroit, MI •SSgt Edward J. McCarthy, Chicago, IL •LCpl Andy Mc Guire, Chicago, IL •LCpl Mark L. Morgan, San Bruno, CA •Pfc Miguel E. Naranjo, Pueblo, CO •Pfc Richard F. Nugent, Westwood, NJ •LCpl Arthur C. Pederson, Minneapolis, MN •Pfc Jose Torres, Sinton, TX
•Golf Company: •Pfc James R. McLemore, Knoxville, TN