3/31/68 Fallen Brothers RVN
IP: 24.59.220.28

3/31/68 BUL3 George R. DeShurley, Roswell, NM - Phu Loc NMCB 9
3/31/68 BUL2 Allan L. Mair, Park City, UT - Phu Loc NMCB 9
3/31/68 BUL3 John F. Peek, Pontiac, MI. Phu Loc NMCB9
3/31/68 CN James F.Galati, Philadelphia, PA. Phu Loc NMCB 9
3/31/68 BULCN Mark E. Hodel, Lodi, CA - Phu Loc NMCB 9
3/31/68 CN James R. Retzloff, Redding, CA. Phu Loc NMCB 9

Marine Medevac Flight Crew:
UH-34D 148792 aircrew, HMM-362, MAG-36:
Sgt Daniel Pesimer, Salt Rock, WV and
Cpl Kenneth R. Yantis, Philadelphia, PA.

Six sailors and two Marines died in the incident at Phu Loc:

3/31/1968
Highest KIA Seabee losses in the Vietnam conflict on this date 3/31/1968
Here are report records and statements from that attack.

1968… In an action that was typical of the “fighter/builders” of the Navy
Seabees deployed in Vietnam, 6 Seabees of MCB-9’s Detail Echo gave their
lives on 31 March in a valiant effort which saved the lives of many fellow
Seabees and Marine personnel.When their camp, located near Phu Bai, came
under heavy mortar and recoilless rifle attack, the Seabees immediately
manned an 81-mm mortar position and commenced and maintained counter fire
despite the barrage of enemy shells landing near their position. The
effective return fire destroyed at least two enemy gun positions and broke
the attack.During a second attack, five hours later, the Seabees again
manned their mortar position and even though they realized the enemy had
bracketed their position with mortars, stood their ground and, acting with
concern for the entire camp, continued to return fire until the enemy scored
two direct hits on their position. The Seabees, who gave their lives in
defense of the camp, were instrumental in repelling the attack, the results
of which would have been much more severe had the mortar crew abandoned
their position, an action they would have been justified in taking. The
Seabees were determined to defend and hold the camp which they had worked so
hard to build.

Seabee's killed in action at Phu Loc, RVN, while providing security (mortar
crew) for rock crusher, Detail Echo. The camp was named Camp DeShurley after
the mortar crew leader who was also KIA in the same incident.

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3/31/68 BUL3 George R. DeShurley, Roswell, NM - Phu Loc NMCB 9

George Robert DeShurley

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Roswell, NM
Date of birth: 11/29/1943
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Builder 3rd Class
ID No: B701311
MOS: BUL: Builder (Light)
Length Service: 01
Unit: DET ECHO, NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 03/15/1967
Incident Date: 03/31/1968
Casualty Date: 03/31/1968
Age at Loss: 24
Location: Phu Loc, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

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George is buried at:
South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main St.
Roswell, Chaves County, NM. 88201
Plot: 41-63-4

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3/31/68 BUL2 Allan L. Mair, Park City, UT - Phu Loc NMCB 9

Allan Leon Mair

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Park City, UT
Date of birth: 03/12/1945
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Builder 3rd Class
ID No: 1197184
MOS: BUL: Builder (Light)
Length Service: 02
Unit: DET ECHO, NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 05/15/1966
Incident Date: 03/31/1968
Casualty Date: 03/31/1968
Age at Loss: 23
Location: Phu Loc, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

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Allan, "Sonny", is buried at:
Park City Cemetery
Park City, Summit County, UT. 84060
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70080640

Park City – The Defense Department has informed Mr and Mrs. Alan Mair, Park City, of the death of their son, Petty Officer 3C Alan Mair, 23. He was killed in action Sunday near Phu Bai in South Vietnam. PO Mair enlisted in the Navy in November 1965 and had been serving with a SeaBee mortar crew in Vietnam since September of 1966.
He was graduated from Park City High School in 1963 and Salt Lake Trade Technical Institute in 1965.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Park City.
Born March 12, 1945 in Park City, he was a son of Alan and Mary Uriarte Mair.
Surviving are his parents, two sisters, Mrs. James (Juanite) Woolman and Connie Mair, grandfather, Justo Uriarte, all of Park City.

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3/31/68 BUL3 John F. Peek, Pontiac, MI. Phu Loc NMCB9

John Foreman Peek

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Pontiac, MI
Date of birth: 01/12/1941
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Builder 3rd Class
ID No: 5217641
MOS: BUL: Builder (Light)
Length Service: 06
Unit: DET ECHO, NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 05/15/1967
Incident Date: 03/31/1968
Casualty Date: 03/31/1968
Age at Loss: 27
Location: Phu Loc, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

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John is buried at:
Great Lakes National Cemetery
Holly, Oakland County, MI. 48442
Buried at: Sec.5, Site 1035
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3/31/68 CN James F.Galati, Philadelphia, PA. Phu Loc NMCB 9

James Francis Galati

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of birth: Saturday, 03/17/1945
MILITARY DATA
Service: Navy (Reserve)
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Constructionman
ID No: 1194895
MOS: CM Construction Mechanic
LenSvc: Between 2 and 3 years
Unit: DET ECHO, NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: Wednesday, 11/15/1967
Cas Date: Sunday, 03/31/1968
Age at Loss: 23
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Phu Loc, Thua Thien, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, died outright
Reason: Artillery, rocket, or mortar - Ground casualty

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James is buried at:
Holy Cross Cemetery
626 Baily Road
Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 19050
Plot: Sec. 47, Range 24, Lot 95, Center Grave
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=126343039

The Philadelphia Inquirer - April 10, 1968

Seebee James Francis Galati, 23, of 2515 S. 20th st., fatally wounded March
31 near Hue.
Galati was serving with a Seebee unit stationed at a campsite near Hue. He
suffered a shrapnel wound during an enemy attack on the campsite and died en
route to a hospital.
A graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, he was in a Navy Reserve unit,
serving aboard a destroyer, when he transferred to the Seebees.
Galati, slated to return home in June and to be married June 16 to Catherine
Messina, of 1923 S. 20th st., is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
C. Galati, and two sisters, Myra, 22, and Jeanine, 8.

Galati was drawn to water-he was a seaman in the Sea Scouts and a scuba
diver-but his first love was dancing. His mother said that he was
considering a career as a dancer, having proved his talent in many amateur
performances. His hobbies included listening to music, lifting weights, and
working out on a trampoline. A 1963 graduate of Bishop Neumann High School,
Galati worked as an automotive machinist for the Marymore Auto Supply Store
before joining the Navy in 1967. Galati found life aboard ship too confining
and asked to be sent to Viet Nam. A devout Roman Catholic, Galati never
missed Mass despite the fighting that raged around the Navy and Marine
installations in Da Nang, Quang Nam Province. The 23-year-old Seebee
construction mechanic died in the Station Hospital at Da Nang on March 31,
1968, the day President Lyndon Johnson halted bombing above the 20th
Parallel in North Viet Nam and said he would not seek re-election. He was
survived by his parents and two sisters.
Posted by: Jim Mc

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3/31/68 BULCN Mark E. Hodel, Lodi, CA - Phu Loc NMCB 9

Mark Edward Hodel
Builder Constructionman

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Lodi, CA
Date of birth: 01/10/1948
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Builder Constructionman
ID No: B811817
MOS: BUL: Builder (Light)
Length Service: 01
Unit: DET ECHO, NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 12/15/1967
Incident Date: 03/31/1968
Casualty Date: 03/31/1968
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Phu Loc, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

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Mark is buried at:
Hwy 99 E. Harney Ln.
Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, San Joaquin County, CA. 95240
Plot: Garden of Hymns, Block 1805, Space 5
GPS (lat/lon): 38.10466, -121.2588
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3/31/68 CN James R. Retzloff Jr., Redding, CA. Phu Loc NMCB 9

James Robert Retzloff Jr.

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Redding, California
Date of birth: Thursday, 03/14/1946
MILITARY DATA
Service: Navy (Regular)
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Constructionman
ID No: 7896909
MOS: BUH Builder (Heavy)
LenSvc: Between 2 and 3 years
Unit: DET ECHO, NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: Wednesday, 03/15/1967
Cas Date: Sunday, 03/31/1968
Age at Loss: 22
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Phu Loc,Thua Thien, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, died outright
Reason: Artillery, rocket, or mortar - Ground casualty

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James is buried at:
Redding Memorial Cemetery
1201 Continental Street
Redding, Shasta County, CA. 96001
Sec. RA, Block 16, Lot 52, Grave 3
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