These "empty chairs" sit at the table which is the
life of Eugene Csuti:
I was the lead company radioman for Golf Company, 2nd Battalion,
1st Marine Regiment. I carried a PRC-25 radio. Radiomen used
that radio to communicate to someone we did not know, sometimes
for reasons we did not understand. Ah, yes; 'communicate' maybe
is the wrong word... Communication meant calling in air strikes,
arty missions, sit reps, and resupply (if the weather permitted).
Resupply meant two things: it meant food, water, and mail; or
it meant ammo.
Ammo was good and bad; the good was we needed it to keep alive.
The bad meant we had to use it and someone usually got hurt when
we did use it.
I had one other duty. As company radioman, I kept a small notebook
with me at all times. This book had the entire Company's medevac
listing: This was your medevac number... .
See after you got hit, you were just a number. Your three initials,
your last four service numbers and home town. To get this medevac
number, I usually spoke to everyone briefly so that, in effect
I knew the entire company -- and they knew me. Between the Doc
(the Corpsman, God bless all of them) who patched you up and
the RTO, who called for the medevac chopper, we were the most
important friends a Grunt had when they were hit and laying on
the ground. Afterwards I had to call Company HQ, a call I never
liked.... God I hated that call... It
meant that letters sometimes had to be written for the WIA's
The names below represent my memories of the 26 of my Friends
that I Medevaced KIA. When I returned to the states I intended
to contact my friends' families and visit with each family, but
I have only visited two families. I found it very hard emotionally.
Those two families and I have became very close, it is my prayer
that just ONE MORE family will read my medevac book and contact
Click on their names to read what my Medevac book says about
Before proceeding any further, please take a moment, to reflect
on the memories of all those who were casualties of the Vietnam
War, and indeed, all wars. These were
My friends, Your Friends, Your Relatives, Your Comrades, and
Your Buddies........ Remember Them
Note: These stories are my memories and writings from
my medevac book and not actual United States Marine Corps Archive
Michael R., Pfc.
Medevac No.: DMR 0375. Hometown:
St. Paul, MN., KIA: 7 Oct 68. The Wall: 41W 23.
Roy S., Pfc.
Medevac No.: FRS 8753. Hometown:
Lakeland, FL. KIA: 9 Oct. 68. The Wall: 41W 34.
Daniel P., Pfc.
Medevac No.: CDP 1918. Hometown:
Rockford, IL. KIA: 24 Feb 69. The Wall: 31W 3.
Clyde W., Pfc.
Medevac No.:GCW 9288. Hometown:
Jacksonville, FL. KIA: 2 Mar 69. The Wall: 30W
William B., LCpl.
Medevac No.: EWB 2714. Hometown:
West Monroe, LA. KIA: 18 Nov 68. The Wall: 38W
David J., LCpl.
Medevac No.: PDJ 9069. Hometown:
Charleston, MA. KIA: 15 Mar 69. The Wall: 29W 48.
Medevac No.: MAJ 2170. Hometown:
Havenstraw, NY. KIA: 15 Mar 69.The Wall: 29W 46.
Lafe E., Pfc.
Medevac No.: ILE 1391. Hometown:
Crum, WV. KIA: 5 May 69. The Wall: 25W 5.
Anthony B., Pfc.
Medevac No.: JAB 8512. Hometown:
Miami, FL. KIA: 5 May 69. The Wall: 25W 6.
Henry C., Pfc.
Medevac No.: RHC 9971. Hometown:
Waco, TX. KIA: 5 May 69. The Wall: 25W 7.
Larry D., LCpl.
Medevac No.: HLD 8147. Hometown:
Topton, PA. KIA: 6 May 69. The Wall: 25W 12.
Rickey D., Cpl.
Medevac No.: DRD 3367. Hometown:
Long Beach, CA.KIA: 2 Jun 69. The Wall: 23W 43.
William D., Pfc.
Medevac No.: BWB 6854. Hometown:
Springfield, OH. KIA: 2 Jun 69. The Wall: 26W 79.
Michael G., Pfc.
Medevac No.: MMG 7112. Hometown:
New Haven, CT. KIA: 27 Jun 69. The Wall: 21W 24.
Willis D., Pfc.
Medevac No.: RWD 5423. Hometown:
Chicago, IL. KIA: 3 Jul 69. The Wall: 21W 56.
Santos S., Pfc.
Medevac No.: NSS 1301. Hometown:
Ft.Sam Houston, TX. KIA: 3 Jul 69. The Wall: 21W
Robert A., Pfc.
Medevac No: GRA 0376. Hometown:
San Antonio, TX. KIA: 4 Jul 69. The Wall: 21W 60.
Terry L., HN.
Medevac No.: CT 12166. Hometown:
Bloomington, IL. KIA: 24 July 69. The Wall: 21W
This group of my friends were from Hotel Company; almost all
of the Company was hit -- radios down -- Golf went to help --
They got added to my book:
Larry E., Pfc.
Medevac No.: BLE 6415. Hometown:
Ebson, KS. KIA: 26 July 69. The Wall:20W 46.
George H., Cpl.
Medevac No.: CGH 8239 Hometown:
Grand Rapids, MI. KIA: 26 July 69. The Wall:
Donald E., Pfc.
Medevac No.: FDE 4003. Hometown:
Mount Airy, NC. KIA: 26 July 69. The Wall: 20W
James E., Pfc.
Medevac No.: GJE 0354. Hometown:
Detroit, MI. KIA: 26 July 69. The Wall: 20W 46.
Fred J., Cpl.
Medevac No.: MFJ 1076. Hometown:
Jacksonville, FL. KIA: 26 July 69. The Wall: 20W
Michael C., LCpl.
Medevac No.: NMC 0085. Hometown:
Beloit, WI. KIA: 26 July 69. The Wall: 20W 46.
Reynaldo S., Pfc.
Medevac No.: RRS 6610. Hometown:
Snyder, TX. KIA: 26 July 69. The Wall: 20W 46.
I did not medevac this friend but he was one the best. He was
KIA after I left.
I am proud to say I served with Capt. Frank Adams.
Frank H., Capt.
Hometown: Nashville, TN. KIA:
22 March 1970. The Wall: 12W 27.
'Empty Chairs' Homepage