Ft Lauderdale, Florida – Marine PFC Gregory Carter was killed in action at Quang Ngai province in Vietnam on October 12, 1969. He was just 19 years old. His body lay buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery for 50 years in an unmarked grave. On Saturday, an unexpected number of nearly 200 people came out for the dedication of a grave marker for this Marine.
He’d been shot in the shoulder at one point prior to his death, but his brother says they patched him up and he was back on the front lines two weeks later.
PFC Carter was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1969 at the age of 19. His Tour of Duty in Vietnam lasted just three months when he was killed by enemy fire. His family still remembers the day they were notified of his death.
“My mama just dropped her head and after they buried him there was no more memory, until today.” Anthony Owens, Carter’s brother to the Sun Sentinel
The Vietnam Veterans of America located his final resting place while working on a black granite Wall of Faces for a memorial in Washington DC. They worked with the city of Ft Lauderdale and others to get a bronze grave marker and set up the memorial on Saturday. The memorial included a Marine Honor Guard, Taps, a gun salute, and the honoring of a man left in an unmarked grave. The unexpected number of people left Carter’s brother amazed.
“It’s like he woke up to the world again. His life is meaningful. It means something.” Anthony Owens
His life always was meaningful. He was a United States Marine.
Scenes from today’s grave marker dedication ceremony for PFC Gregory Carter. @clagerbloom @FLPD411 @FLFR411 @playlauderdale @heathermoraitis @glassman4ftl @rmckinzie8779 @BenSorensen @BrowardCounty @GoRiverwalk @FLLChamber @_westsidegazett pic.twitter.com/AFiDlhSqJL— CityofFortLauderdale (@FTLCityNews) March 23, 2019
Mayor Trantalis with the family of PFC Gregory Carter at the grave marker at Sunset Memorial cemetery. @FLPD411 @FLFR411 @playlauderdale @glassman4ftl @heathermoraitis @rmckinzie8779 @BenSorensen @clagerbloom @GoRiverwalk @BrowardCounty pic.twitter.com/UgPTlC49Ks— CityofFortLauderdale (@FTLCityNews) March 23, 2019
A rifle salute and taps in honor of PFC Gregory Carter who was killed in action at age 19 in Vietnam. @FLPD411 @FLFR411 @heathermoraitis @glassman4ftl @rmckinzie8779 @BenSorensen @clagerbloom @playlauderdale @GoRiverwalk @BrowardCounty pic.twitter.com/CpdazCa43N— CityofFortLauderdale (@FTLCityNews) March 23, 2019
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