This is in Memory of..
Michael Giovanni Mennone, Pfc.
New Haven, Ct.
United States Marine Corps
Golf Company, 2nd Battalion
1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
KIA 27 June 1969
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Mike was another Whop, his nick name was "Gio". He was fairly new he came to Golf on March 15, 1969. I can't remember anything special about him cause again he was new and by now I was showing 11 months. Again, it was bad karma to hang with the new guys. Now that I reread that statement again, it probably was cold of us old guys to avoid the new guys.
Another day in the life and death of a Marine Grunt.
Mike was killed by tripping a booby trap.
Golf was still sweeping Go Noi Island. Golf lost a lot of good Marines KIA and WIA sweeping that fuckin island. As I has posted earlier the taking of Go Noi island cost Golf Company 70 Marines in KIA and WIA, Golf left for Go Nio with 165 Marines.
I think the reason I do not remember too much is because I still have the bloodshed of Go Noi island still blocked out im my mind. In June/July 1969, I will medevac 12 KIA's and God knows how many WIA's. The only saving grace was we were about done with Go Noi.
What I do remember is the Rome Plows were being brought in to level the island. Golf remained behind to provide security for the Rome Plows. The Plows basically leveled the island. I mean they took the whole island down to include 12 "...." of dirt off the island.
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