The above 3 pictures were sent to me by Bob's twin sister Roberta.
If you knew Bob, please contact her at:
***
Roberta Alvin, 3740 S. Saucon Ave., Center Valley PA. 18034.  Phone (610) 694-0331.***
The sad thing is that I remember other guys with Hotel getting killed and I can't remember
their names.  The guys who were playing hot potato with a frag at Liberty Bridge.    The
guys whose bodies I walked past while we were on a sweep out in Arizona......
Robert C. "Bob" Kercsmar
KIA 5/11/69
On The Wall - Panel 25W  Row - 050
Unfortunately, there's not a lot I can say about Bob other than  I remember him.  I must have met him in the rear before he
went out to the bush - perhaps on a working party or standing lines at night, but I do remember his face.
He was killed on May 11 in what some of us termed, "The Mothers Day Massacre".  This was my first firefight in Vietnam.  I
had just gotten out to the bush the day before.  I was in 1st platoon and 2nd and 3rd  platoons were pinned down by a bunch
of gooks in and around a bunker.  They called up our platoon to go help the other two.  Bob was with 3rd platoon and when
3rd platoon had begun their assault, Bob had a fireteam on the right flank of the assault and was one of the
4 Hotel Co.
Marines
killed that day in the assault.
           
***If anyone remembers the names of the other 3 Hotel Co Marines killed that day, please let me know***
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John D. Harrington
KIA 11/11/69
On The Wall - Panel 16W  Row 57
John was one of 4 Marines from 3rd platoon killed while the company was up on Charley Ridge.  The whole company
humped up to Charley Ridge that day and we set in there at night.
He was one of those killed with a short round from a mortar and he is one of those I referred to in my statement at the top
of this page.  I didn't remember that there were four of them until I went and checked my stuff.
Willie J. Kelly
KIA 10/30/69
On The Wall - Panel 16W Row 003
Willie was the company driver and was ambushed in a jeep between An Hoa and Liberty Bridge.  He was bringing Mark
Oliver and a couple others along with mail to the company.  I think we (Hotel Company) were at Hill 65 at the time. If I
remember correctly, I think the gooks stole the mail, too. According to Mark, Willie was killed instantly and Mark was
wounded and medevaced.  The
other two were wounded also,but Mark can't remember who they were.
                                               *** If you know who they were please let Mark (olleemg@aol.com) or me know.***   
Robert C. Barr
KIA 11/11/69
On The Wall - Panel 16W  Row 55
Robert was one of the 4 Marines from 3rd platoon killed up on Charley Ridge.  They were in a machine gun team that was
set up behind (North) of where my position was.
I remember that night, because the rounds were going over our heads.  There were a lot of huge rocks that we were using
for cover and it was dark so we couldn't see much.  We were taking hostile fire from somewhere.
James A. Jackson
KIA 11/11/69
On The Wall - Panel 16W  Row 57
James was one of the 4 Marines from 3rd platoon killed up on Charley Ridge.
As the rounds were going over our heads, we could hear them.  After you're over there for a while, you can pretty much
tell what direction they are headed and how far away they are going by the sound in the air and when they land.
Roger A. Steele
KIA 11/11/69
On The Wall - Panel 16W  Row 60
Roger was one of the 4 Marines from 3rd platoon killed up on Charley Ridge.
As the one that killed them went over our heads, we knew something bad was going to happen because the sound was too
close above us. In just a matter of seconds, we saw the explosion light up the night and knew that someone got hit
because it was so close.  Then we heard the dreaded sound of, "Corpsman up!"  Then we knew for sure.
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Patrick W. Best
KIA 5/13/69
On The Wall - Panel 25W  Row 094
When I first got to Hotel Co. on April 20, Pat was in the rear. Since I was brand new and didn't know anything about 'Nam,
he became my mentor.  He told me what was cool and what was not. Took me under his wing like a mother hen.  He showed
me where to to go to find the armory, where my position was when it came time to stand lines at night, and the other things a
new guy needed tpo know to survive.
When we finally got out to the bush, the Company was in Arizona Territory.  On May 13, we were crossing a big field with
shoulder high elephant grass.  We started taking small arms fire from the treeline on the right.  Rifle fire, B-40's, RPG's, etc.  
Pat was one of the guys that got hit that day.  I knew him for about three weeks and then he was dead.
***Does anyone have a picture of Pat?***
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Lt. Theodore R. Vivalacqua
KIA 5/13/69
On The Wall - Panel  25W  Row 113
Lt. Vivalacqua I didn't know very well.  He was with 2nd platoon and was one of the guys that got hit the same day as Pat
Best. I got to know him a little bit back in the rear and he really seemd like a decent guy for a Lt. Tom Kanik said all the 2nd
platoon guys liked him.  Lt. Vivalacqua was awarded a Silver Star for his actions on the day he was killed.
***Does anyone have a picture of Lt.?***
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Danny Wayne Fann
KIA 5/13/69
On The Wall - Panel 25W   Row 93
Danny was another one that got it the same day as Pat Best. I didn't know him that well either because he was from 2nd
platoon. Seems like we might have been on a few of the Gunny's working parties together.  I remember that when Hotel
came out of the bush in May, we had a ceremony for all the guys killed while we were out there that time. I think there were
18 of them.  Some of them probably got hit before I got there.
***Does anyone have a picture of Fann.?***
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feel free to email them to me and I will post them.
SargeT@i1.net
Willie's sister, Gloria Williamson, sent
me this picture of him.  If you knew
him and wish to contact her, her email is:
glwill@unionnet.net
   
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John Richard Earley
KIA 4/28/69
On The Wall - Panel 26W  Row 70
I didn't know John because I hadn't gotten out to the bush yet when he was killed on an ambush.
He was from Eureka California.
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Alberto Gutierrez Cortez
KIA 4/28/69
On The Wall - Panel 26W  Row 69
I didn't know Alberto either. He was killed on the same ambush with Earley.
He was from Kingsville Texas.
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Dave Laverne Girardo
KIA 5/03/69
On The Wall - Panel 26W  Row 106
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Dave was in 3rd platoon and was killed in Arizona Territory. He had a borther who was wounded in Vietnam, also.
He was from Arvada Colorado and he lived in Rifle Colorado.
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Peter Mary Nee
KIA 3/31/69
On The Wall - Panel 28W  Row 99
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Bob's friend, Eddie Coyne
(Mike 3/1 & Mike 3/5  
'69-'70),  sent me this picture of
him.  If you knew Bob and
wish to contact him, his email is:
ECoyne@AOL.com
Bob's friend, Bob Jenkins
(Delta 1/5 '71), Also contacted
me.  If you knew Bob and wish
to contact him, his email is:
Zeko245@AOL.com
Dave's friend, Judy Crook, sent me this
picture of him.  If you knew him and
wish to contact her, her email is:
jlcrook@rof.net
Updated 7/25/2003
Updated 7/25/2003
Updated 7/25/2003