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
THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERINGPosted on 1/15/15 - by Bennies SisterI am happy to see the recent posts. I know there are a lot of people who "still remember". The years took a toll on Mother and she died unable to fulfill my brothers wish of getting his remains home. We still do not have an accounting for my brother and many other vets. I continue to pray for our government and an accounting for all that were lost.MORE
Dollie Dexter Raymond
Bennie's motherPosted on 1/15/15 - by Greg Brown Gregb@bendcable.comI was only thirteen and living down the street from the Dexter's when he was captured. His mother started Operation Sweettooth to get packages to service people and you could see the toll over the years the not knowing took on her.MORE
BENNIE - NOT FORGOTTENPosted on 12/10/14 - by Dollie Dexter RaymondI received an email this morning that someone had posted a remembrance to Bennie on this page. I didn't find any new postings. I decided to post myself. The statement "Gone but NOT forgotten" was very evident at our 50th class reunion this year. Every classmate at the reunion asked about Bennie. Some of the classmates are still wearing Bennie's bracelet. I have struggled through the years when talking about Bennie never coming home; no answers what happened to him and no remains. The Air Force continues to search for answers as to where, when , and what happened to Bennie. I am at peace these days and am able to talk more openly about Bennie although I miss him each and every day. Bennie is still in our hearts and we pray for closure. I am thankful that so many people have NOT FORGOTTEN.MORE
Bracelet found with fathers key belongings...Posted on 12/10/14 - by Danielle RosellisonMy dad, John Roselli, was drafted for Vietnam. He made it home, but sadly took his own life 11/10/2014. In a secret compartment of his desk, I found his passport, his SDB keys and Bennie's bracelet. I don't know you Bennie, and my dad never spoke of his time in Vietnam, but you sure did mean something special to my dad. I hope you're wearing bermuda shorts, sipping on drinks with umbrellas and shooting the shit with my dad somewhere.MORE
Until you come homePosted on 3/15/13 - by Victoria Davenport firstname.lastname@example.org
I was blessed with the safe return of my family members who served and because of it I wanted to show my support for all the POWsMIAs by wearing a bracelet. I found Bennie in a Life Magazine article about the Wall and for some reason, his name touched a chord in my heart. I have worn the bracelet ever since and will do so until you come home. Until you all come home.
MY BROTHER -NEVER EVER FORGOTTENPosted on 5/7/12 - by Your Sister - DollieAlthough it has been 46 years (Mother's Day - May 9th - 1966) since Bennie was taken as a POW he has ALWAYS been with me; in my heart, breath and soul. He was my BIG brother. He will always be with me and NEVER - EVER - FORGOTTEN. Our Mother is gone now too and I believe has found the peace she never had here on earth - always in 'pain' over her first born child. I LOVE YOU MY BROTHER BENNIE; UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.MORE
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Missing you Uncle BenniePosted on 6/12/10 - by Tammara Coleman email@example.comMy entire life I waited for Uncle Bennie to come home. I think of him daily and wonder how our family would have been different if he had come home. So many years of sadness, wondering what happened to him. My Uncle is my hero.MORE
Never ForgottenPosted on 7/20/09 - byIn 1969 I had several MIA/POW bracelets to chose from and as I scanned the metal bracelets his name caught my eye. I knew Bennie had been missing for quite awhile but I had faith and hope that he would come home. A few months later I wrote a letter to his mother and she wrote me back telling me more information about him. That was when I found out we had something in common....we shared the same middle name. At that moment I felt it wasn't an accident I chose his bracelet. I wore his bracelet from 1969 until 1979 when I went to work in a mill and felt it was too dangerous to wear. All these years I have been very proud to have worn his name on my wrist. I was quite moved by the postings on the wall website from his niece and fellow supporters of Bennie. I recently visited the moving wall and was quite overwhelmed with tears and sadness for Bennie and his family that he has not come home yet. He will be in my thoughts and prayers forever.MORE
Bennie DexterPosted on 5/9/07Intelligence 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.MORE
40 years laterPosted on 3/24/07 - by Jean Underhill firstname.lastname@example.orgI went to Hight School with Bennie and I always looked up to him. I just had the opportunity to go to the Wall and found a braclet with Bennie's name on it. I now wear it proundly in rememberance and I think of his sacrifice for our country daily.MORE
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 5/9/05 - by Bob RossDo not stand at my grave and weep.MORE
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye – 1932
Until forever is gone, I will remember youPosted on 2/11/05 - by Joni email@example.comThough I never met you, I love you the way you love your brother or your best friend. I wear a bracelet with your name on it so that other people know that you were here. I don't know what happened to you back in 1966 and that is why I will always wear this bracelet. So no one can forget. I named my guitar after you too, so every time I play it I remember to thank you for making it possible for me to be free.MORE
My MIA braceletPosted on 6/30/04 - by Peggy Moseley firstname.lastname@example.orgI wore the bracelet the whole time of the war up until the MIA's and POW's come home and looked at the list and never found his name. I just want his family to know that I did wear his bracelet.MORE
You are not ForgottenPosted on 6/1/03 - by Joseph S. ConlklinI would first like to say that I am very honored to be wearing a braclet with Bennie Dexters name on it. I am a 22 year old male that was given this braclet on June 31st, 2003. I am a son of a retired Marine and I did 3 years in the Navy, but this is not about me. I would like to say that I am very thankfull for all the men a women that have faught and still fight today. You all should be very proud of yourself's and I hope you are. We will miss all of you very much and may God look over you all and keep you safe.MORE
For those who came home...
For those who did not come home...
For those who have yet to come home...
... We love and miss you all.
Not ForgottenPosted on 2/14/03 - by Candace LokeyI have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.MORE
We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229
If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :
From a student who won't forget.Posted on 8/26/01 - by Bobby OlsonYour sacrifice to this country will not be forgotten. I am very sorry I did not get to meet you. The traveling Wall came to our school and I learned a lot about the war and the sacrifices of those who gave their lives. I have a bracelet my teacher gave me with your name on it and I wear it in your honor.MORE
Mary Seetoo has worn your braceletPosted on 2/11/01 - by Mary SeetooI have kept your bracelet in honor of your greatest sacrifice to freedom. You are loved. I would be honored to return my bracelet to an existing family member if they are interested.MORE
Bracelet WearerPosted on 7/30/00 - by Patricia MyersI did not know you, but wear your bracelet in memory and to honor your sacrifice. You are not forgotten.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.