PEPPER, ANTHONY JOHN

Name: Anthony John Pepper
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E2
Unit: G/2/26 3 MAR DIV
Date of Birth: 09 October 1947
Home City of Record: RICHMOND VA
Date of Loss: 06 April 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164033 North  1064134 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: GROUND
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno:

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

REMARKS:

CACCF/GUNSHOT OR SMALL ARMS FIRE/QUANG TRI

No further information available at this time.

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May 2007

Mary - I have a Khe Sanh vet visiting and we've been discussing this loss
incident as he was there. Noticed not much in the d'base about their loss
incidents. With his help I found this short synopsis about the ambush. My
Golf vets says this is accurate except for a few minor details. Tried a
google search but apparently none of the survivors have written about their
experiences.

donna

http://www.virtualwall.org/db/BayesTJ01a.htm

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02/2020

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000BTRJEA4

PFC ANTHONY JOHN PEPPER

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On April 6, 1968, members of Company G of the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, performed a sweep and destroy operation north of the Khe Sanh Combat Base, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. As they reached the crest of a hill, the group was engaged by a hostile enemy force armed with automatic weapons and hand grenades. During the engagement, witnesses reported seeing two Marines take cover in a bomb crater that then took a direct hit from an enemy mortar. Both men were killed, and their unit was unable to recover their remains before they were forced to withdraw from the area. The next day, Marines returned to the battle area and recovered the remains of eight men killed during the action; however, the remains of the two men killed in the bomb crater could not be located.

Private First Class Anthony John Pepper, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Virginia, was a member of Company G and took part in this mission. He was one of the two men killed in the bomb crater, and his remains have not been recovered. Today, Private First Class Pepper is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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