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Marine Circle of Trees



The Marine Circle of Trees Memorial honors 13 Marines killed in a training exercise in Vietnam on March 28, 1967:

Lance Cpl. Thomas C. Bekiempis
Lance Cpl. Stanley Davidheiser Jr.
Lance Cpl. Larry C. Dye
Private First Class Otis R. Ellis Jr.
Lance Cpl. Anthony Hawkins
Cpl. Daniel R. Laird
Second Lt. Glen M. McCarty
Lance Cpl. Eugene J. Payne III
Cpl. Ronald W. Porter
Cpl. Glenn W. Shafer
Lance Cpl. Don Lee Shockley
Cpl. Howard S. Stevens
Cpl. Verrell D. Stiles

Two of the men were from Southeast Pennsylvania, Lance Cpl. Davidheiser from Pottstown and Lance Cpl. Hawkins from Philadelphia.

The dedication of the Memorial was held on March 30, 1968. Thirteen crab apple trees were planted surrounding the memorial stone.  Marines and family members continue to visit and honor these men.

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March 30, 1968 Dedication

         Circle of Trees in 2016                                                   Wreaths placed at each tree in 2017



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