Remembering A War Hero

Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the youngest U.S. serviceman, a native of Goldsboro in Wayne County, to die in Vietnam.

Dan Bullock was just 14 years-old when he enlisted in the Marines. He changed his birth certificate in 1968 so he could join the Marine Corps and fight in the war. One year later, at age 15, he was killed.

Private First Class Bullock died as he ran for a second time to get ammunition for his unit that was under attack.

Bullock's tombstone now sits in the Elmwood Cemetery in Goldsboro to honor the fallen hero. It was actually paid for by former talk show host Sally Jesse Raphael. One of Bullock's fellow Marines worked for her show and shared his story.

A street in Brooklyn, New York, where Bullock moved at age eleven, is named in his honor.


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  • by joe stroud on Jun 6, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    I agree with the many comments left about Ted Sampley.He was afreind and an advocate for POW'S and Mia"s. God Bless Him. Sat Cong Ted.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 5, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    WITN, I must have missed the story.Sorry about that.
  • by History Student Location: NC on Jun 5, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    A Letter to a Mother. - Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 21, 1864. Dear Madam,-- I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. Lincoln
  • by Marine Location: NC on Jun 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    Hi Anti-War Your Quote " Mr. Stroud, our "idiotic comments" will contiue to be here. If you don't like what you, them don't read them " Anti- War Your comments on this Issue are the most " Idiotic Comments " on this web page. Plus who cares a crap what your think. You sound like a ranting , raving America hating Jane Fonda. I wish they brought back the draft. 30 years ago I would love to see the US Government dragging you by your feet into a US Army Fort for basic training. Lets have some respect for Pvt Bullock patriotism and his family.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Jun 5, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    WITN did a story about Ted sampley and his accomplishments, talking with many friends of his. A story was also posted on witn.com.
  • by Anti-War on Jun 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    I meant to say "If you don't like what you see, then don't read them". Sorry.
  • by Anti-War on Jun 5, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    Time for the gloves to come off. First of all, many of these people who write negative comments about the military and the veterans do it for one reason-to get you neoconservative, flag waving zealots fired up and get a reaction. It's like throwing a piece of meat onto a coutry road and waiting for the vultures to arrive. Sure enough, they do. In this part of the country, support for the military and the veterans is unquestionable. If you don't support them, you are viewed as unpatriotic, "un-American " (whatever that is), and the person in question should be tried and convicted of treason on the spot. Supporting the armed forces is a personal choice. Most do, some don't. Don't promote your own rainy day patriotism. And as far as Ted Sampley is concerned, that is whole other issue. I have never and will never believe in the POW-MIA myth. Mr. Stroud, our "idiotic comments" will contiue to be here. If you don't like what you, them don't read them.
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Jun 5, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    To all anti war protesters: If it were not for the many men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice you would not be able to exercise your big mouth rights.Show some respect here and everywhere to the vets who gave some and more over the ones who gave all! We were told that communism was spreading and we had to do something about it! I suppose the Korean War was unjust and Illegal? I don't like war no more than anyone else but sometimes you have to do the right thing and stand up for the ones who can't and strike and defend them.The only problems I have with Vietnam was the fact we won all the battles but supposedly lost the war.And then the ones like you who will not pick up a rifle and defend what we have.I also hate the fact that the ARVN's would run and hide for us to do the fighting! Now WITN should have had Ted Sampley on here as well He fought for the POWs and MIA's. He did many tours of Vietnam. Bullock is a true hero but Ted was too! GOD BLESS EM BOTH!
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 5, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    Thank you for your service US Marine from one Vet to another a small peom for you. God was with me when I went to that Viet Nam war, I said "Thank you God for keeping it on a foreign shore" , God was beside me in every firefight, Helping me get through 'till dawns early light, God was with me in the rain Helping me through the suffering and pain, God was with John when he lost his arm Bringing him comfort in his time of harm, God was with Jim when he lost his leg I shall teach you to walk with a wooden peg, God was with Scott when he lost his sight I'll help you remember the day from the night, God was with Harry when he lost his hearing, I'll stay beside you to help keep your bearing, God was beside me when Joe drowned in the river, Forever and always it will make me quiver God was with me the day I died my name is my name is Marine Private First Class Bullock so young to die, but if I had to do it again I would go into battle marines my friends
  • by Annie Nonomus Location: Greenville on Jun 5, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    The story here was well done and I appreciate PVT Bullock's sacrifice for his country. Anonymous, you are a joke. Get a life.
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