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RONALD LEE BELKNAP

  • Wall Name:RONALD L BELKNAP
  • Date of Birth:3/31/1944
  • Date of Casualty:8/8/1966
  • Home of Record:DALY CITY
  • County of Record:SAN MATEO COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line: 9E, 110
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

FRANK LEE BLEVINS

  • Wall Name:FRANK L BLEVINS
  • Date of Birth:11/28/1942
  • Date of Casualty:8/8/1966
  • Home of Record:KANSAS CITY
  • County of Record:CASS COUNTY
  • State:MO
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line: 9E, 110
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

CLIFTON E BENNETT


is honored on Panel 9E, Line 110 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SP4 Clifton E. Bennett

    Posted on 6/30/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On August 2, 1966, Operation Paul Revere II was a continuing mission, beginning in May 1966, to interdict North Vietnamese Army (NVA) infiltration and supply routes in the Pleiku and Kontum Provinces. From August 2nd to 7th, efforts centered on finding the enemy. The enemy was reportedly in the area, but most of the sightings and contacts were of individuals and small groups. Shortly after noon on August 8th, A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, made contact with a large enemy force near Landing Zone Juliet. The 3rd Platoon was on point and made the initial contact with the NVA. They aggressively pursued and were immediately hit by several enemy heavy and light machine guns, cutting them off from the rest of the company. Most of the 3rd Platoon was able to exfiltrate back to the A Company perimeter, where the company found itself under very heavy attack. The Americans at Juliet withstood mass assaults for several hours. An attempt to encircle the company was beaten back by heavy artillery and Tactical (TAC) Air Support. Cannon fire from Charlie Battery, Division Artillery delivered 1408 high-explosive rounds in two hours, which reportedly eliminated 98 NVA. When the roar of helicopters from two companies from the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, was heard arriving to reinforce LZ Juliet, the frightened enemy broke contact, leaving 106 of their dead. He was pursued until contact was lost after dark. The United States paid a high price in the engagement: 25 dead and 36 more wounded. The lost troopers included SP4 Clifton E. Bennett, SP4 Judge Burroughs Jr., PFC Orrie J. Buskey, PFC Brian J. Clune, PSGT Melvin F. Floyd, PFC Charles R. Greene, PFC David C. Hampton, SSGT Martis L. Haynes, PFC Douglas W. Jones, PFC George E. Matuscsak, PFC Mark E. Parker, SP4 Derek B. Pope, PFC Richard W. Power, SP4 Charles R. Powers, SP4 Richard W. Roy, SP4 Donald A. Sherrod, PFC John H. Shetters, PFC Frederick Stafford, PFC Bradley H. Tate, PFC David L. Thorpe, PFC Jack A. Welch, PFC Donald L. Corbin, SP4 John J. Kolz, PFC Alfredo Ostolaza-Maldonado, and SMAJ Richard A. Schaaf. [Taken from virtualwall.org, first-team.us, 1st Air Cavalry Division: Memoirs of the First Team, Vietnam, August 1965-December 1969]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 2/8/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SPEC 4 BENNETT,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT WITH THE 1ST CAVALRY. THIS WAS THE UNIT OF A FRIEND'S BROTHER. SAY HI TO MIKE. 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. AND HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.
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  • Cousin

    Posted on 1/9/14 - by Paulette Hughes Herman, Major AF Ret
    Clifton, we never had much contact as kids or young adult, but you will always be family. I have visited the WALL and found your name. You were exactly 6 months older than me and therefore the oldest grandchild of the Bennett family. It would have been great if we could have visited more.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/7/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Clifton E Bennett, 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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  • Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway

    Posted on 5/4/10 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    A portion of Sepulveda Boulevard/State Highway Route 1 in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport has been dedicated to the residents of Los Angeles County who served in Vietnam. This section of highway is now designated the Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. Adopted by the California State Legislature in 2000, the highway honors the more than 350,000 California veterans who served in the Vietnam War, including the 5,822 killed or missing in action. Los Angeles County has the largest number of Vietnam veterans in California and 1,857 of its residents were killed or missing in action during that war. This memorial corridor provides a fitting and proper way for the residents of Los Angeles County to express their gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices these Vietnam veterans have made for their country.
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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.