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BENJAMIN FRANCIS ALMAGUER


is honored on Panel 44E, Line 4 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 1/28/19 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    PFC Benjamin F. Almaguer served with K Company, 3rd Battalion, 37th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Despite an MOS of Motor Vehicle Operator, PFC Almaguer served as an assistant gunner and ammunition bearer on a machine gun team. On March 10, 1968, Almaguer was assigned to stay behind at the Marine compound his unit shared with ARVN’s (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) while his gun team went on a night ambush. Near midnight, the compound was mortared by a hostile force. The Marines and the ARVN’s were receiving fire from two different locations and taking significant casualties. The ambush team was radioed and ordered to return to help with the wounded. When the ambush team returned, they found chaos and destruction at the compound. At least ten Marines suffered fragmentation wounds in the attack including Almaguer. They helped move the wounded to an extraction point where a medivac helicopter came to evacuate them. Later, they returned to the large GP tent they bunked in. On the floor was a body covered by a poncho. It was Almaguer. The corpsman came up to the machine gun team leader and explained with tears in his eyes that Almaguer had suffered a laceration to an external jugular vein from a mortar fragment and, despite his best efforts, couldn’t stem the bleeding. As the morning light arrived, the Marines could see that their tent had been shredded by shrapnel and understood why every Marine in the compound had been wounded by the previous night’s attack. Improbably, when Almaguer’s Marine casualty report was written, it stated he died from a "gunshot wound to the body from an accidental discharge of an M16 rifle by another person while on patrol." How they mistakenly created this account mystifies those who served with him. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Leroy Driffill (January 2019)]
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 11/30/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Private First Class Benjamin Francis Almaguer, Served with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/26/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PRIVATE 1ST CLASS ALMAGUER,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR. YOU WERE BORN ON THE FEAST OF ST. ANDREW. HE WILL GUIDE YOU.
    REST IN PEACE.
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  • Semper Fi, Marine.

    Posted on 3/10/14 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/2/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Benjamin Francis Almaguer, 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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