A Time To Remember

I recently sent out a request to some friends asking them who they would like remembered on this site . The following are some of the responses I have gotten.


Remember - copyrighted graphic, John (Fats) Spizzirri, 2000

graphic ©John "Fats" Spizzirri,2000

Bravo Company's First Sgt. Tommie Goggins

Fats, I would like for you to put CSM Ret. Tommie Lee Goggins on your remembered page. As you know he was our 1SG in NAM and he saved my ass from going to jail and getting busted several times. He was killed in a motor vehicle accident about three years ago and I really want him to be remembered. YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS BUZZ


Great Idea Bud!

I have several names I'd like for you to include. I'll start with the obvious . . . The two men who died on 4/26/69 Theodore Burton & Dwight McNees

I was the last person to speak to Lt Burton before he died. He was extremely excited about getting pictures of his baby which had just been born (about 2 months old if I remember correctly). He had those pictures and a letter wrapped up like precious cargo and stuffed under the protective cover of his steel pot. We spent a good 10 minutes talking about how proud he was to be a Pappa and how he couldn't wait to see his baby.

Ten minutes later Bob Pries & I plus a couple of others were pulling him out of the woodline. He had died instantly from a bullet taken during the first ambush of a long day during which time 1st (?) Platoon Bravo Company (2/47) had almost the entire platoon + headquarters element either wounded or killed.

I have often wished I knew how to reach his family to tell them how brave he was and that his last thoughts were of home and loved ones.

The second person killed in that ambush, Dwight McNeese, was acting as Lt Burton's RTO. He was new to the platoon but had operated with Lt Burton before and obviously had earned Burton's respect to be assigned the job of Platoon RTO so quickly after being reassigned.

Both he and Lt Burton were directly in front of me when we were ambushed. Dwight though mortally wounded maintained his fighting stance and showed tremendous heroism. He seemed to be totally unaware of his massive wounds and was still alive and active as he was being medivacced.

Both of these people exemplified The Courage, Strength and Devotion to duty that all of Bravo Company were noted for.

I am very proud to have served with these Men of Bravo company plus the rest of 2/47th. During the many brutal battles that they were associated with, they always gave of themselves unselfishly and without fear.

Below are descriptions from The Wall of These two brave men.

Last name: BURTON(Bravo Co. 1st(?) Platoon Ldr.) First name: THEODORE HUGHES Home of Record (official): SPRINGFIELD State (official): PA Date of Birth: Wednesday, November 13, 1946 Sex: Male Race: Caucasian Marital Status: Single Branch: Army Rank: 1LT Serial Number: O5353421 Component: Reserve Pay grade: O2 MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 1542 Start of Tour: Monday, February 24, 1969 Date of Casualty: Saturday, April 26, 1969 Age at time of loss: 22 Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty) Country: South VietNam Province: Long An The Wall: Panel 26W - Row 052

Last name: McNEES (Bravo Co. 1st (?) Platoon.) First name: DWIGHT ALLEN Home of Record (official): BATTLE CREEK State (official): MI Date of Birth: Saturday, December 3, 1949 Sex: Male Race: Caucasian Marital Status: Married Branch: Army Rank: SP4 Serial Number: 67155980 Component: Regular Pay grade: E4 MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B20 Start of Tour: Tuesday, October 29, 1968 Date of Casualty: Saturday, April 26, 1969 Age at time of loss: 19 Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty) Country: South VietNam Province: Long An The Wall: Panel 26W - Row 055

Sincerely, Glenn Norris


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