Volunteered to go there…
County marine is killed in Vietnam
Another Anderson County man, the fifth, has been killed in Vietnam.
Sgt. Fletcher Seeber, Jr., USMC, died June 21 of wounds received earlier the same day, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Seeber Sr. of Frost Bottom Community, Oliver Springs Rt. 2, have been informed.
The family was notified last Thursday that their son had been critically wounded. The infomation was that a pin in a hand grenade had fallen out while he was distributing the weapons and he had received severe wounds.
This week they were told that Sgt. Seeber had died of injuries on board the Naval Hospital Ship, the U. S. S. Sanctuary. The accident with the grenade was in the vicinity of Quang Tri, Vietnam, they were told.
Sgt. Seeber landed in Vietnam March 1, on his 21st birthday, after having volunteered for a second hitch in the Marines. He had served three and a half years. The Marine had volunteered to go to Vietnam.
Sgt. Seeber was a graduate of Oliver Springs High School, where he played on the football team. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marines. He was a member of Friendly Welcome Baptist Church, which is near the family home, about six miles from Oliver Springs.
His brother, Airman 1-c Kenneth Seeber, recently come home from his station in Alaska. In addition to the brother and parents, there are three sisters and another brother Lorene, Jerry, Rita, and Ginger.
A representative of the Marine Corps told the family it would be at least a week before the body could be returned for burial. Arrangements have been made for the services to be handled by Sharp Funeral Home at Oliver Springs, but details have not been completed.
Clinton Courier – Vol. 79 No. 31 – June 29, 1967
[Submitted by Troy Mitchell]