GATEWOOD, CHARLES HUE
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
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
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HAS REPORT 2381218/0311
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.
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.
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