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Below are an article about Greg Keller's death and his obituary. Both appeared in his hometown newspaper and were provided by the Whittier (Calif.) Public Library. Ironically, the article about his death was printed beside a UPI story about the 1st Marine Division beginning to pull out of Vietnam. That story is also on this page, below the stories about Greg.

Whittier (Calif.) Daily News
July 24, 1970

Local GI
Killed In
Viet War

     An East Whittier youth has become the 120th area casualty in Southeast Asian fighting and the 42nd death from Whittier.
     Gregory Keller, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Garland E. Keller, 16118 Sharonhill Dr., Whittier was killed Sunday while on patrol in Vietnam. Keller, a private, was assigned to a Marine civilian action patrol.
     A 1969 graduate of Lowell High School, Keller was an outstanding wrestler and a member of the varsity football team. He joined the Marines in September, 1969, and departed for Vietnam in March of this year.
     Keller was high series point man in his boot camp unit and received the Military Order of World Wars award, the Leatherneck award and the Blues award while still in boot camp.
     A memorial fund to provide a perpetual scholarship at Lowell High School will be established and members of the family ask that contributions be sent to Coach John Yurkovich at the high school.
     A memorial service is being planned and the date and time will be announced later.

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Whittier (Calif.) Daily News
July 27, 1970, Page 7

Obituaries

KELLER - Gregory Keller, 19, of 16118 Sharonhill Dr., Whittier, was killed July 19 while on patrol in Vietnam.
     Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Chapel, Rose Hills, with interment in Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were made by Rose Hills Mortuary.
     Keller, a private, was high series point man in his boot camp unit and received the Military Order of World Wars award, the Leatherneck award and the Blues award while still in boot camp.
     A 1969 graduate of Lowell High School, he was a wrestler and a member of the varsity football team.
     He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Garland E. Keller; brothers, Arthur and Edward; a sister, Karen Keller; grandmother, Elsie Tell; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Mann.
     A memorial fund to provide a perpetual scholarship at Lowell High School will be established and contributions may be sent to Coach John Yurkovich at the high school.

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Whittier (Calif.) Daily News
July 24, 1970

First Division Marines
Begin Viet Withdrawal

SAIGON (UPI) - Lead elements of the U.S. 1st Marine Division have begun leaving Vietnam as part of President Nixon’s "Phase Four" withdrawal of 50,000 more American GIs from the war zone, military spokesmen said today.
     An official announcement said Leathernecks from two engineer battalions and one bridge company assigned to the division are in the process of leaving Da Nang for Camp Pendleton. The three units total 1,625 men.
     Military sources said some 1st Marine Division units will be kept in the war zone past Oct. 15, the date President Nixon has set for completion of the fourth phase of his so-called "Vietnamization" program.
     President Nixon has promised to remove 100,000 more Americans between mid-October and the spring of 1971, leaving only support troops as the South Vietnamese army takes over the fighting.
(The remainder of the article is missing)

Read an account of Greg Keller's death:
July 18, 1970

Read another account of the incident:
A deadly lapse in security

Read the official report of the incident

Read a friend's tribute to Greg Keller

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