BraceletPosted on 8/25/16 - by Joyce Hepler-Fox Hep1943@comcast.netI wear a bracelet with his name.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 5/17/16 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear TSGT Bennie Lee Dexter, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, Sir
Final Mission of A2C Bennie L. DexterPosted on 11/21/15 - by email@example.comOn May 9, 1966, then A2C Bennie L. Dexter was assigned to the 33rd Combat Support Group. On that date he departed Pleiku City by jeep for Ban Me Thuot City, which was located approximately 79 miles due south of Pleiku, Darlac Province, South Vietnam. On May 10, 1966, Bennie Dexter was reported missing when he failed to report to his duty assignment. A search of his quarters was proved negative and he was placed in an AWOL status. Reports were received via intelligence agents revealing an airman matching Bennie Dexter's description was seen driving a jeep south on National Route QL14 near the border between Darlac and Quang Duc Province, South Vietnam. The next day, May 11, 1966, the jeep that had been signed out to A2C Dexter was found abandoned with its hood up on Highway QL14 roughly 15 miles west-southwest of Ban Me Thuot and 17 miles east of the South Vietnamese/Cambodian border. Immediately US personnel initiated both a ground and aerial search of the area in and around where the jeep was found. Local villagers inhabiting the jungle covered countryside were queried about the missing American. Intelligence gathered during the search stated that an airman matching Bennie Dexter's description was seen being escorted into the jungle by five armed Viet Cong (VC). Based on this information, and subsequent intelligence reports that confirmed Bennie Dexter's capture including the named location where he was being held, A2C Dexter's status was upgraded from AWOL to Prisoner of War. When American military involvement ended in Southeast Asia, Bennie Dexter was not released from prison, nor did his name appear on any lists provided by the Vietnamese. On 10 May 1976 the United States government changed his status from the living category of Prisoner of War to Died in Captivity/Body Not Recovered under a Presumptive Finding of Death. [Taken from taskforceomegainc.org]MORE
THANK YOU MGBOOTH@HOTMAIL.COMPosted on 5/10/15 - by firstname.lastname@example.orgThank you for your offer to send the bracelet. The accounting for the lost is not over. Bennie is still listed as a "priority one" case and they continue to search for his remains. It is important that our children and grand children know about the Vietnam era from people who lived it. The bracelet, with Bennie's name, gives a more personal connection to the war. I would prefer that you either: start wearing it again (I have many people that still wear theirs until he is found); give it to a Grandchild telling them of the history; or simply put it back in your jewelry box or some other place of "honor". I am always cautious about responding or sending emails to unknown people. One again, thank you for remembering.MORE
Dollie Dexter Raymond
POW BraceletPosted on 5/9/15In my old jewelry box I cam across a POW Bracelet with Sgt. Bennie Dexter, 5-10-66 engraved into it. I remember buying the bracelet and wearing it, but had forgotten about it. If any famiily member would like to have the bracelet, please get in touch with me. My email address is email@example.com.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.