History Of Suicide Charley

On 24 October 1942, the 1st Marine Division was occupying a defensive position around Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. The 1st Battalion 7th Marines, commanded by LtCol Lewis B “Chesty” Puller helped form this line.


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Sunday, 17 February 2008 15:39

Suicide Charley in VietnamThe three-hour special "Inside the Vietnam War" (8 p.m. EST on National Geographic) certainly isn't the most artful look at our involvement in Vietnam. Its rapid cuts between battle footage and interviews will make you long for the patient, thoughtful storytelling of Ken Burns. Despite these flaws, the battlefield footage is so exhaustive, so vibrant and at times so disturbing that it's hard to believe there were that many cameras so close to the action. Featuring more than 50 first-person interviews with Vietnam vets, "Inside the Vietnam War" offers a thorough retelling of the war's escalation through the voices of those who endured it. Features: An ambush of Suicide Charlie 1/7 Marines, Brief Interview with a Suicide Charley Marine.

Saturday, 02 February 2008 12:55

HM3 INGRAM Medal of Honor RecipientIn 1963, Robert Ingram enlisted in the Navy to learn aviation electronics. But after he came down with pneumonia and was sent to the dispensary, he witnessed a meningitis outbreak and was touched by the selfless dedication of the corpsmen. He decided to attend Hospital Corps school. Upon graduating, he was assigned to the 7th Marines. He volunteered for C Company, known as “Suicide Charley,” because it was always in the middle of things. His unit was ordered to Vietnam in the summer of 1965.

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