Images: The memories never fade: Marines, Vietnam veterans pay tribute to fallen leader [Image 1 of 9]
Nearly half a century has passed since the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment fought through hell in Vietnam. The strains of combat have long imprisoned the vigor of their youth. Bodies have changed and reflexes slowed. Fresh, young faces of earlier days are ripe with weathered character. The men have lived a lifetime beyond war, but their memories remain vivid. On Aug. 22, 2012, approximately 30 Vietnam-era 2/3 Marines and their families visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii to reminisce on their service and render honor to a brother lost in combat, Sgt. Maj. Wayne Hayes. Pictured from left are: retired Gunnery Sgt. Ken Arnold, a platoon sergeant with Golf Company, 2/3, and Cuthbert, Ga., native; former Cpl. John Davila, a team leader with Fox Co., 2/3, and Ridgewood, N.J., native; former Staff Sgt. Don Watts, a platoon sergeant with Fox Co., 2/3, and Cloverdale, Calif., native; and Sgt. Bill Vizzerra, a rifleman with Golf Co., 2/3, and Palmer, Ak., native. Both Davila and Vizzerra were wounded in action.
Date Posted:08.23.2012 21:28
Location:MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, HI, US
Hometown:CLOVERDALE, CA, US
Hometown:PALMER, AK, US
Hometown:RIDGEWOOD, NJ, US