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BRUCE BURTON BACKEBERG


is honored on Panel 10E, Line 116 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 9/19/17 - by A US Marine, Quang Tri
    Bruce B. Backeberg
    Date of birth: 2-Dec-46
    Date of death: Killed in Action
    Place of Birth: Montana, Great Falls
    Home of record: Helena Montana
    Status: KIA

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    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Bruce B. Backeberg (MCSN: 2100837), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 19 September 1966. During a search and clear mission of a village complex which was known to contain hostile forces, Private First Class Backeberg, while serving as the point for the company, discovered an enemy ambush. Immediately and without regard for his own safety, he rushed forward and engaged the first of the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. His instantaneous appraisal of the situation and immediate action pinpointed the enemy force and allowed the company to deliver effective artillery and air strikes on the enemy position. Later the same day, still serving as the company point, Private First Class Backeberg again discovered an enemy ambush. In the ensuing exchange of fire, he was felled, mortally wounded, by enemy rifle fire. His heroic actions in the early identification and attack on the enemy ambushes was directly responsible for the success of the company's mission and saving the lives of many of his fellow Marines. Private First Class Backeberg's inspiring initiative, courage and dedication to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 1675 (March 15, 1967)

    Action Date: 19-Sep-66

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Private First Class

    Company: Company D

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 26th Marines

    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/16/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PFC BACKEBERG,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. SEMPER FI. PEOPLE ARE DECORATING AND PREPARING FOR HALLOWEEN. IT IS BECAUSE OF YOU WE CAN. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Every September

    Posted on 3/10/14 - by Ralph Beer
    I visit PFC Backeberg's grave in Forestvale Cemetery near Helena, Montana, every September. He was a classmate and a good lad, and those of us who knew him are very proud of his service and his heroic actions.
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  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 9/19/13 - by A Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam
    Semper Fi, Marine.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/18/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Bruce Burton Backeberg, sir

    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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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