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I notice that John Telford isn't listed as a classmate. He attended Olympus for all three years. Technically he did graduate, there were problms at home that may have been the cause of that. He later died in Veit Nam. Please add him to the memorial page. Pasted below is the info I found on him. JOHN WILLIAM TELFORD CPL - E4 - Marine Corps - Regular Length of service 3 years Casualty was on Aug 17, 1967 In QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR Body was recovered Panel 25E - Line 9 Comment on his death from a man that served with him Clow B BeC CHARLES S. DARBY IRISH@LAN2WAN.COM SERVED IN THE SAME UNIT AT TIME OF HIS DEATH 24700 PEACHTREE ROAD CLARKSBURG,MD 20871 USA JOHN W. TELFORD John Telford was a forward observer for naval gunfire for 1st Anglico at the Hue Spot Team. We had previously been stationed together at 1st Anglico Kaneohe Bay Hi. and received orders for VN in August 1966. We went to VN on a C-130 and landed at Chulai and supported the Korean Marines at Binh Son. I was transferred to the Hue Spot Team. He signed up for a second tour and was assigned to the Hue team some time in July/August 1967. In mid August we were on a joint operation with the South VN (we only supported RVN troops). He was with Sgt R.W. Heinz with one battalion and I was with L/Cpl Desport with another battalion - it was a search and destroy mission on the Street Without Joy between Hue and Dong Ha just inside the coastline. it was late at night when Telford'S Bn. came under a mortar attach and he was struck in the head killing him instantly. He was our first KIA for the Hue Spot team. I did not know him too well but because he was so tall we called him "Tree". He was a gentle person who loved the lord - I believe he was a Mormon but could be mistaken. Telford liked the Hue Spot Team - although we pulled alot of operations and outpost support living conditions were pretty good at the MAVC compound. Hue was a beautiful city and of course he visited the various sites including the Citadel. Of the men that were on the Hue Team only myself and L/Cpl. Desport were there for the TET Offensive. Rest in peace my friend and I will see you on the other side when it becomes my time. ALL LIVING VETERANS - DO NOT DISGRACE THE DEATH OF OUR FALLEN BROTHERS BY MESSING YOUR LIVES UP - MAXIMIZE YOUR TIME HERE - TELL SOMEONE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED - ONCE WE ARE GONE THAT IS IT! SGT CHARLES SOMERS DARBY - USMC 1965-1969. Saturday, July 31, 1999

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06/22/15 09:24 AM #1    

Craig Russell

06/23/15 03:08 PM #2    

Miles Holman

I did not know John.  However, his obit brought tears to my eyes.  John must have been a very brave man (forward observers have to be brave).  He died a man while I (the same age) was still a boy. I have been stunned reading about so many of our fallen brothers who died in the service.  Whether or not the war was honorable is still debatable by some but I know that John's death was undoubtedly honorable.  I wish I had known John. 

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