Name: Charles Hue Gatewood
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E3
Unit: B CO 1 BN 1 MAR 1 MAR DIV
Date of Birth: 21 March 1950
Home City of Record: CHICAGO IL
Date of Loss: 31 May 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 163700 North  1064405 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: GROUND
Other Personnel in Incident:

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2020




No further information available at this time.


"Battalion of Kings" by Rev Ray Stubbe

Khe Sanh MIA


Posted on September 29, 2009 at 12:22:18 PM by Dave Doehrman

I received an e-mail yesterday regarding a Marine MIA at Khe Sanh. I replied and now I need to know if anyone here has any more information on this subject.


At 0850H, B/1/1 was moving to assist E/2/3 along Hi-way 9, about 2 1/2 clicks southeast of Khe Sanh, at (XD871392), when they encountered dug-in NVA forces. LCpl Gatewood received a gunshot wound to the back and was treated by a corpsman. Since he was ambulatory, he was permitted to walk to a medevac landing zone. He was seen at different times walking to the LZ by Cpl Gary L. Lafevers and LCpl Cecil W. Bowser. This was the last anyone known saw him before he was reported missing on 25 August, when the CO of 1/1 received a letter from Gatewood's family stating they hadn't heard from him since 24 May.

1/Lt Stuart A Dorow, ltr 1/SAD/jdh, 5830, 14 Sep 1968,

Sub: Report of missing: Case of LCpl Charles H. Gatewood, 2381218/0311, USMC

Library of Congress MIA microfilm reel #286, Folder #146, and misc documents in this file.

The information above is from Ray Stubbe's book, "Battalion of Kings". I'll post a message on my message board to see if anyone was at this particular site or involved in that action.

Dave Doehrman

Webmaster: Khe Sanh Veterans Home Page

Rossmiller, Keith J., MSG/1SG, OSD-DPMO wrote:


 I'm MSG Keith Rossmiller working at the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing  Personnel Office in Arlington, Va. I'm conducting research on a case  involving a missing Marine from Vietnam (See details below). I would  appreciate talking with any veterans familiar with this situation and  who could possibly provided information leading to a recovery.

 Thank you,

 MSG Keith Rossmiller


 31 May 68: Lance Corporal Charles H. Gatewood, Bravo 1/1, from Chicago,  Illinois, had been shot. He was immediately treated by a Corpsman, was  directed to move back to a helo landing zone about 100 meters to the  rear for evacuation, and was seen moving under his own power in that  direction. It wasn't until several days later, when Bravo 1/1 was  detached from duty with the 2/3 Marines and returned to their own  battalion, that it was realized that no medical facility had reported  receiving LCpl Gatewood for treatment. The two battlefields had been  thoroughly swept beginning on 01 June and all known dead and wounded had  been recovered; although no-one was looking for Gatewood specifically -  after all, he had been wounded and evacuated - he had not been found  during the sweeps. Simply stated, he had disappeared. Gatewood was  classed as Missing in Action and was carried in that status until 23 Sep  1975, when the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of  Death. His remains have not been repatriated.

 MSG Keith Rossmiller
 Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
 SEA/Current Conflicts Research Analyst





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Lance Corporal Charles Hue Gatewood entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Illinois and was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. On May 31, 1968, his unit came under heavy enemy fire while approaching a hill top near Quang Tri, South Vietnam, in the vicinity of grid coordinates XD 865 396. During this action, LCpl Gatewood was wounded, treated by a corpsman, and sent back to the company landing zone to be medically evacuated. He was last seen moving back to the landing zone but never arrived there, and could not be found afterward. He remains unaccounted for. After the incident, the U.S. Marine Corps promoted LCpl Gatewood to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt). Today, Staff Sergeant Gatewood is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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