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BERNARD PHILLIP MURRAY


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 94 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of PFC Bernard P. Murray

    Posted on 11/9/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On September 25, 1965, the 2nd Platoon (Rein), Company D, 1st Batallion, 1st Marines, was operating in the Binh Thy and Giao Tri areas in Quang Nam Province, RVN, conducting a sweep and clear mission. During the operation they discovered approximately 600 lbs. of rice. A fire team and the Platoon Sergeant were left as security with the rice until ARVN forces arrived to take custody of it. The remainder of the platoon continued its mission. At 5:05 PM, the 2nd Platoon (Rein) ran into an electrically detonated mine of the directional Claymore-type. Seven men were wounded by this explosion, three critically. The three severely wounded later died of their wounds. They were SSGT William E. Hill, LCPL Walter J. Bienkowski, and PFC Bernard P. Murray. LCPL Bienkowski, who survived evacuation, later died at the U.S. Army hospital in Nha Trang on September 28, 1965. After the mine exploded, an estimated Viet Cong platoon opened fire from a position north of a river. The remainder of the Marine platoon, under the command of the Right Guide, was deployed and returned fire against the Viet Cong. At the same time, the 2nd Platoon (Rein) Company was alerted to be helicopter-lifted to the area from which the fire was being received. Artillery was fired (188mm rounds) at the Viet Cong and to clear the LZ. Upon completion of these fire missions, the 2nd Platoon of Company M was landed in the secured area and commenced to search and clear the village of Giao Tri (2). During the search of the village, four Marines became casualties, one of whom died, PVT Bennel Ellis, and three others wounded. These casualties were inflicted by friendly UH-1E gunships while providing close air support. The search and clear of the village continued during the hours of darkness until 11:00 PM, by utilizing a flare plane. This enabled a limited search of the village to be completed. At first light, the village was re-swept and thoroughly searched. There were no confirmed enemy casualties. Numerous caves and tunnels were found in the village area and destroyed. A total of 52 villagers were apprehended and evacuated as Viet Cong suspects for screening. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Command Chronology, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, September 1965]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/25/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Bernard Phillip Murray, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We remembere

    Posted on 12/11/14 - by Robert Sage
    Bernard is buried at New Bethlehem Memorial Park Cemetery, Bellefontaine Neighbors,MO.
  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 9/26/10 - by A Marine
    Semper Fi, Marine.
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 10/14/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    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

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