Ted Howard Christian Jr.
|Ted Howard Christian Jr. was born April 7, 1944, in Charleston, West Virginia, the son of Ted and Hazel Lamb Christian. Ted, called “Teddy,” graduated from Gauley Bridge High School and West Virginia Tech. Teddy was a member of Gauley Baptist Church and the Lions Club.|
Ted H. Christian entered the Marine Corps on October 15, 1966, and while in Quantico, Virginia, completed a 10-week officer’s candidate course concentrating on individual responsibility as leader and tactical control and employment of small combat units. In December 1966 he received a commission as a second lieutenant and entered The Basic School at Quantico as a member of Class 4-67, earning an Infantry Officer Military Occupation Specialty upon graduation in May 1967.
Second Lieutenant Ted H. Christian began his tour of duty in Vietnam on June 2, 1967. He served with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marine Division, Third Marines. On October 12, he was at Con Thien in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, where he was killed in action from recoilless rifle fire. His body was returned to the United States later that October and was buried in Montgomery Memorial Park in London, West Virginia. He is memorialized on panel 27 E of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.
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