This day in Mohawk Valley history: February 14, 1968

The Freeman’s Journal, February 14, 1968, Cooperstown, Otsego County, NY

Two Area Men Wounded in Vietnam

Two Area Men Wounded in Vietnam

Two area men have been wounded recently in action while fighting in Viet Nam.

Corporal Mark Wright of the U.S. Marines was wounding in action about January 13, according to word received by his father, Reginald Wright…

He is presently in a hospital in Agana, Guam. His injuries included burns on the arms and legs caused by a mortar blast.

Cpl. Wright is a graduate of Cooperstown Central School and enlisted shortly after graduation at the age of 17. He has served more than two years in the Marines and had been in Viet Nam since the middle of November 1967.

He has been a resident of Richfield Springs since his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wright, with his father bought the former Jack Mulligan Farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Waters of Milford have also received word that their son SP4 Leon Waters, Jr., has been wounded in Viet Nam.

A letter from their son’s sergeant stated that he is in a hospital in Cu-Chi, Viet Nam, wounded in the right arm. Further details were not given.

SP4 Waters is a graduate of Milford Central School and went to Viet Nam in July. His family had not heard from him in three weeks before receiving the letter from his sergeant telling of his injury.

Westville Soldier in Vietnam

Private First Class Willis I. Thompson, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde H. Thompson of Westward, was assigned as a quartermaster heavy equipment repairman in Headquarters and Company A of the 4th Infantry Division’s 704th Maintenance Battalion near Pleiku, Vietnam, January 23.

Source:New York State Historic Newspapers