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WALTER PAUL BEM


is honored on Panel 26W, Line 81 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 4/30/18 - by A US Marine, Vietnam, 1969
    Walter P. Bem
    HOME OF RECORD:
    Indiana, Pennsylvania

    Silver Star
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Marine Corps
    Rank: Private First Class
    Battalion: 1st Battalion
    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
    GENERAL ORDERS:
    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Walter P. Bem (MCSN: 2490068), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company B, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 30 April 1969, Company B was conducting a search and destroy operation near the Vu Gia River in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire from a large enemy force and sustained numerous casualties. Alertly observing a wounded man lying in an open area dangerously exposed to the intense enemy fire, Private First Class Bem unhesitatingly commenced maneuvering across the fire-swept terrain to assist his injured comrade and was seriously wounded. Despite his painful injury, he steadfastly refused to seek cover, and while continuing to advance, was wounded twice more. Disregarding his own safety, and determined to reach his comrade, he fearlessly continued maneuvering forward through the intense enemy fire, but upon reaching the side of the casualty, Private First Class Bem succumbed to his wounds. By his courage, resolute determination and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class Bem inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 8/6/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Private First Class Walter Paul Bem, Served with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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  • Battle Buddy

    Posted on 4/11/17 - by Joseph D, Cunningham, USMC
    Your battle buddy sends his love. I miss you badly. Hope to see you again.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 2/2/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PFC BEM,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. SEMPER FI. . IT IS 2017, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Always remembered

    Posted on 6/5/14 MORE
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The Wall of Faces

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