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is honored on Panel 1E, Line 83 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 10/20/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Ssgt Benjamin Castaneda,
    Thank you for your service as an Armor Crewman. I hate that you died a day after his birthday, sigh. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 7/5/16 - by
    At 5:55 PM on December 24, 1964, Viet Cong terrorists exploded a bomb in the garage area underneath the Brinks Hotel in Saigon, South Vietnam. The hotel, housing 125 military and civilian guests, was being used as officers' billets for U.S. Armed Forces in the Republic of Vietnam. Two Americans were killed, LTC James R. Hagen, a 20-year army veteran working for the MACV, and SSGT Benjamin B. CastaƱeda, also serving with MACV and an army veteran of 20 years. CastaƱeda survived the blast, later succumbing to his injuries on January 23, 1965. Over 100 Americans, Vietnamese, and Australians were injured. Small buildings at the rear of the Brinks Hotel were completely destroyed by the force of the blast. [Taken from]
  • Thank you!

    Posted on 12/18/14 - by Felipe Castaneda, Jr.
    Thank you for your service!
  • My Hero

    Posted on 1/13/14
    I miss you so much daddy...
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/24/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SSGT Benjamin Beltran Castaneda, 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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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.

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