HM/3 Stephen Martin Welch, 21, of 123 Clarke St., was killed last Tuesday in Vietnam, according to information received from the Chief of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C.
He was a naval hospital corpsman attached to the Marine Corps.
Military authorities reported Hospital Corpsman Welch died "as a result of missle wounds from enemy small arms fire when the vehicle on which he was a passenger was ambushed."
A graduate of Nottingham High School, he was a member of Pi Phi fraternity. He entered service in 1967 and served in Vietnam the last four months.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Welch; two brothers, Thomas Welch of San Jose, Calif., and William Welch with the USS Roosevelt aircraft carrier; two sisters, Miss Deborah Welch of Syracuse and Miss Judith Welch of Boston, Mass., and his paternal grandfather, Dr. W.F. Welch of Dedham, Mass.
Photo and article appeared in the Herald Journal on October 27, 1969.
Thanks to Gary Jones of the Onondaga County Public Library for researching the above information.
Posted by: Jim McIlhenney
Relationship: Served in 9th Engrs-same time
Friday, March 21, 2003
My Friend Doc Welch
When Steve joined our unit we used to joke about having the same first and middle name and rank. The day that he was killed he had just taken over for me and I had moved to the Rock Crushed for our 9th Engr. Platoon assigned up there. I still have the MERK Manual we bought. He was a great Corpsman, and was willing to listen and learn. He did his job well and didn't take everything to seriously. He was a great guy and I hope that I have reflected his values in the way I have represented myself as I continue to work in DoD. Steve Hart, HM3r
Posted by: Steven M. Hart
Relationship: We served together
Sunday, November 3, 2002
REMEMBERED AND NEVER FORGOTTEN
I served with Doc Welch in Delta Co. 9th Engrs 1969.He was one of a kind.I was with him the last day,the people in the village were he helped the most, never told us something was up,and we were ambushed there.Knowing Doc ,he could find forgiveness for them,because I know he is a bigger man than I.He was a mixture of kind,caring and one of the best people I've ever met. It's been over thirty years and I still find myself thinking of him.I sure miss him, may he rest in peace.Fred Turner (Cpl. Tee)
Posted by: Fred Turner
Monday, March 20, 2000