A special tribute on this Memorial Day to Second Lieutenant Jackson Elliott Cox. Served with the 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force. A much beloved member of our extended family, Jack was killed on March 25, 1967 in Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam, while covering his platoon’s withdrawal from an ambush. Jack is buried at Magnolia Cemetery, Burke Co, GA.
Jack was a fantastic athlete (quarterback for Georgia Bulldogs) and a scholar (Rhodes Scholar, I believe), though the size of his heart far outstripped all that. He inspired me to be better, even now. To this day, Jack remains a larger-than-life figure to me, and my memories of love and play remain vivid.
A second tribute, this to Richard Michael (Mike) Campbell, Sergeant, C Company (Light weapons Infantry), 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Killed May 7, 1968 in Province 24, Gia Dinh, South Viet Nam. On patrol, Mike was ordered to cross a river in a boat that had been left as bait by the enemy. He recognized the trap but the they were ordered to cross in the boats anyway. Half way across, enemy gunfire erupted. The ambushed boat capsized and another soldier held Mike, wounded but alive, above water, protected behind the boat. The ranking officer ordered the soldier to drop Mike, which he ultimately did. The would-be savior and officer made it safely to shore. Mike drowned.
He was a beloved brother and admired cousin who took great pleasure from life that I still remember to this day. Herein a remembrance from his sister: “My brother, Mike, was the best brother any girl could ever ask to have, Just 18 months apart in age, Mike and I were like twins. We could not have been any closer. I remember telling him “goodbye” as he boarded the plane for his mission in Viet Nam. He turned around at the steps and came back to pick me up and hug me and say “Hap, take care of Mama.” Hap is the nickname that he gave to me as a little girl. It was short for “Happy Anne”, a name I will cherish forever! I love and miss you, Mike. Until we are together again…..hugs of love.”