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ROBERT SAMUEL ALLEN

  • Wall Name:ROBERT S ALLEN
  • Date of Birth:8/14/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/5/1968
  • Home of Record:NORTH BERGEN
  • County of Record:HUDSON COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:54E, 42
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH

CHRISTOPHER JAMES BARBER

  • Wall Name:CHRISTOPHER J BARBER
  • Date of Birth:5/12/1949
  • Date of Casualty:5/5/1968
  • Home of Record:FARMINGDALE
  • County of Record:NASSAU COUNTY
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:54E, 42
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

BRUCE RICHARD BACKES


is honored on Panel 54E, Line 42 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/17/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SPEC 4 BACKES.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. PEOPLE ARE DECORATING AND PREPARING FOR HALLOWEEN. IT IS BECAUSE OF YOU WE CAN. REST IN PEACE
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  • Final Mission of SP4 Bruce R. Backes

    Posted on 3/7/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SP4 Bruce R. Backes was the radio telephone operator (RTO) for the Platoon Leader, Lt. Harry Wilson, during the Battle of An Boa in Binh Dinh Province (May 5-7 1968). At noon, on May 5, 1/50th “A” Company forces were attacked and outnumbered 10 to 1 by a regiment of the North Vietnamese Army. “A” Company forces were overrun and took heavy casualties when Charlie Company was called in to reinforce the besieged Alpha Company. Upon arrival, the enemy, who had fallen silent to allow the “C” Company troops to enter the ambush zone, opened fire with an intense and sustained barrage of small arms, automatic weapons and B-40 rocket fire from three sides. Bruce was mortally wounded in the neck while keeping pace with the platoon leader as he positioned the third platoon troops for battle. Fierce fighting ensued on both 1/50th Companies and additional reinforcements from “B” Company, 1/50th Infantry and “B” Company, 1/69th Armor were called in to battle the huge enemy force. [Taken from ichiban1.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/27/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Bruce Richard Backes, 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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  • Photo

    Posted on 11/19/12

    Left to Right (Standing): Ron Heinecke, Norm Poage and Matt Morrison...in front: Bruce Backes and Tim Voncina.



    (Photo Credit: Norman Poage)



    Rest in peace with the warriors.

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  • Photo

    Posted on 11/19/12

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

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