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  • Date of Birth:9/17/1928
  • Date of Casualty:10/29/1969
  • Home of Record:PHILIPPINES
  • County of Record:
  • State:ZZ
  • Branch of Service:NAVY
  • Rank:SK1
  • Panel/Row:16W, 3
  • Casualty Province:BAC LIEU


  • Date of Birth:9/7/1941
  • Date of Casualty:10/29/1969
  • Home of Record:SAN MARCOS
  • County of Record:HAYS COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:WO
  • Panel/Row:16W, 5
  • Casualty Province:AM XUGEN


is honored on Panel 16W, Row 2 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/18/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LT Stephen Sherwood MacVean, 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
  • Submitted by the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation, Holmdel, NJ

    Posted on 8/16/13 - by New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
    If you have any additional information about this hero or are a relative, please contact the Foundation at or 1-800-648-8387.
  • I(f I should die...remembrances for LT Stephen Sherwood MacVEAN, USN...who died for our country!!!!!

    Posted on 8/2/13
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do somkething to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/1/11 - by Robert Sage
    Stephen is buried at Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, Bergen County,NJ.
  • Put A Face With A Name

    Posted on 3/17/11 - by M McMahon NJVVMF
    Stephen S. MacVean is remembered at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center located in Holmdel NJ. To learn more search on, or email
  • Angel Day

    Posted on 10/29/09 - by 60's Girl
    On this your angel day I humbly give thanks for your service and sacrifice and with honor I leave you this poem . . .

    A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
    And for a brief moment its glory
    and beauty belong to our world
    But then it flies again
    And though we wish it could have stayed...
    We feel lucky to have seen it.

    ~Author Unknown
  • Uncle Steve

    Posted on 5/25/07 - by C. David MacVean
    Thank you to he friends and veterans that have posted here.
    I was 4 years old when my only uncle was killed. I remember playing with parachute men at the Jersey shore the last time I saw him. I remember my grandmother coming to stay with us after Uncle Steve was killed.
    My father was on patrol in the Atlantic aboard a nuclear submarine when he got the news. The CO of the ship asked my dad not to share the news with anyone aboard, so he bore his pain in private, while he continued his duty.
    When my wife and I had our first child, a son born in 1994, we named him Stephen Sherwood MacVean II. When I got home from the hospital, I went to my bookshelf and looked at Uncle Steve's black beret. It still has his card inside....
    When the Viet Nam War Memorial was built, we made a hand etching of Steve's name, had it framed, and it hang's on my son's wall.

    We love and miss our Uncle Steve.

  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 11/30/05 - 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

  • Not a day passes that I don't think of them.

    Posted on 10/15/05 - by Thomas Chapman
    At dawn on the morning of Oct. 29, 1969, Lt. Tom Green and Lt. Stephen MacVean lead our squad of nine Navy, Coast Guard and Vietnamese sailors from Coastal Group "Foxtrot India" against elements of the NVA and Viet Cong. The action took place at the south end of Cu Lao Dung Island in the Bassac River. Our Vietnamese Lt. and SK1 Russell Martinez LeCompte were killed out-right, and Lt. MacVean was mortally wounded. Stephen remained alert and in charge throughout the incident; but as his medevac heliocopter gained altitude above the river, the pilot radioed that Stephen was gone. Lt. Macvean had only been "in country" 4 days!
  • Thought of Often Over 35 Years

    Posted on 9/27/05 - by Clay McQuiddy
    Steve and I went to Ridgewood High School together, but knew each other best while working summer jobs with the town Shade Tree Department. I have visited Steve's name at the Wall in D.C. and think of him often and will always honor his sacrifice.
    Your Friend, Clay McQuiddy
  • I remember Steve

    Posted on 7/4/03 - by John Mearns, SP/5
    I went to Ridgewood High School and college with Steve. I remember him as bright, intense and focused. In college he joined NROTC. When the time came, he did not shirk his obligation. From one of the other remembrances, I gather he died the way he lived and you can add honorably to the list. Some of us got lucky and came home alive and whole, others did not. I have always been saddened by the fact that Steve fell into the second group. As is the case with so many, Steve left the country richer for his service and poorer for his death.
  • Thank you Lieutenant

    Posted on 6/10/03 - by Donald Lytle
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Stephen Sherwood MacVean, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and most holy sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Sir, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

    Again, thank you Lieutenant MacVean, for a job well done!



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