U.S. Marine Corps
Born: Feb. 8, 1948
Died: Oct. 18, 1967 (19)
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Jeffrey Churchill Lance Corporal H CO, 2ND BN, 1ST MARINES,
1ST MARDIV United States Marine Corps - killed Oct. 18,
1967, in Vietnam
A day too late
With red hair and freckles, Lawrence Churchill was well-liked
among fellow students
in his 1966 class at Tustin High School.
"Larry was a kind, courteous, friendly guy who had a great
Donna Elliott said.
He had dreams of becoming an architect and buying a Volkswagen,
according to a Los Angeles Times Report. But a year after
graduation, 19-year-old Churchill was a corporal
in the Marines, having volunteered to serve in Vietnam.
His father, Vernon Churchill, was a retired Marine who didn't
want to see his son
killed in battle. So the former first sergeant volunteered
to return to service, the Times reports. With a regulation
stating two people from the same family don't
have to serve in combat at the same time, that meant Lawrence
come home to Tustin.
On Oct. 18, 1967, Vernon Churchill arrived in Vietnam. The
Times reports he was waiting for his son to return from
patrol when he learned Lawrence Churchill and 23 other Marines
in his company had been killed in an ambush in the Quang
Vernon Churchill escorted his son's body home to be buried
in Orange County.
Today, Churchill Place in Tustin Ranch is named for
this fallen Marine.
Adapted from The Tustin News archive
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