Aker, Jeffrey Scott, HN

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Last Rank
Hospitalman
Last Primary NEC
HN-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospitalman
Primary Unit
1967-1968, HN-8404, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)
Service Years
1967 - 1968
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Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Covington, KY
Last Address
Covington, KY

Casualty Date
Jan 18, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Floral Hills Memorial Gardens - Taylor Mill, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 066

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Thanks sailor! posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
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 Duty Stations
3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)
  1967-1968, HN-8404, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
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  Dec 15, 1967, Vietnam Tour Dates
  Jul 16, 2012, General Photos1
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Last Known Activity
The 3rd Bn, 4th Marines' Command Chronology for January 1968 contains an extensive description of a bitter fight which occurred near the destroyed Gia Binh village about 4 kilometers east-northeast of Con Thien (Hill 158) on 18 January.

On that day Company "M" (Mike 3/4) was directed to establish blocking positions northeast of Con Thien, while Company "L" (Lima 3/4) conducted a sweep north toward the Mike 3/4 positions. At 0945 Lima made contact with what appeared to be a reinforced NVA platoon. Lima 3/4 deployed against the NVA, only to encounter very heavy fire which resulted in immediate casualties and which effectively cut off and pinned down Lima's advance elements. Mike 3/4 was directed to send a platoon to move up on Lima's flank. By noontime NVA artillery firing from within the DMZ had joined the fray, as had Marine artillery and air, and the Mike 3/4 platoon had joined on Lima's position and engaged the enemy - but it was evident that NVA reinforcements had also arrived and it now appeared a company-sized or larger NVA force was involved. A second platoon from Mike 3/4 was directed against the NVA's flank and succeeded in flushing the NVA from their fighting positions into the open. As the afternoon progressed the 3/4 Marines managed to consolidate their positions, while India 3/4 and a company from the 3/3 Marines were brought in to protect the Lima and Mike 3/4 positions from flanking attacks. By late afternoon the fighting had tapered off; the NVA withdrew toward the DMZ while Lima and Mike 3/4 withdrew to the Battalion perimeter, bringing their dead and wounded with them. India 3/4 and the 3/3 company swept the battlefield as Lima and Mike withdrew, finding 162 dead NVA soldiers. The action cost the lives of ten men from Lima 2/4 (including an artillery Forward Observer), while one Corpsman in the Mike 3/4 position was killed by NVA artillery. The eleven men were

3rd Bn, 4th Marines
  • 2ndLt Thomas J. Hoare, Bellerose, NY (Silver Star)
  • HM3 Cecil D. Belt, Duncan, OK, Corpsman H&S Co with L/3/4
  • HN Jeffrey S. Aker, Covington, KY, Corpsman H&S Co
  • LCpl Robert M. McConnell, Mansfield, OH
  • Pfc Tyrone Brown, Newark, NJ
  • Pfc Samuel Bruce, Jacksonville, FL
  • Pfc Carl R. Davis, Manchester, MO
  • Pfc Michael Kane, Canoga Park, CA
  • Pfc John S. Kmiec, Chicago, IL
  • Pfc Theodore O'Brien, New York, NY
   
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 MAKING A HOUSE CALL
Everytime his brothers from Lima Company 3rd Batt. 4th Marines gather at our reunions every 2 years, Doc was only in country for 3 weeks but he is remembered with great respect by those who served with him. He died doing what Navy Corpsmen have always done - He was making a "house call" during a horrific firefight 1/18/68. I was the last to see him alive. Just before he crawled out to try and save another Marine he said "This is why they pay me the big bucks." You are a true hero, Doc. Semper Fi
Posted by: Michael Madden
   
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