BRUCE B BACKEBERG
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HONORED ON PANEL 10E, LINE 116 OF THE WALL

BRUCE BURTON BACKEBERG

WALL NAME

BRUCE B BACKEBERG

PANEL / LINE

10E/116

DATE OF BIRTH

12/02/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/19/1966

HOME OF RECORD

HELENA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lewis And Clark County

STATE

MT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BRUCE BURTON BACKEBERG
POSTED ON 9.19.2017
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Quang Tri

Silver Star Citation

Bruce B. Backeberg
Date of birth: 2-Dec-46
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Montana, Great Falls
Home of record: Helena Montana
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Bruce B. Backeberg (MCSN: 2100837), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 19 September 1966. During a search and clear mission of a village complex which was known to contain hostile forces, Private First Class Backeberg, while serving as the point for the company, discovered an enemy ambush. Immediately and without regard for his own safety, he rushed forward and engaged the first of the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. His instantaneous appraisal of the situation and immediate action pinpointed the enemy force and allowed the company to deliver effective artillery and air strikes on the enemy position. Later the same day, still serving as the company point, Private First Class Backeberg again discovered an enemy ambush. In the ensuing exchange of fire, he was felled, mortally wounded, by enemy rifle fire. His heroic actions in the early identification and attack on the enemy ambushes was directly responsible for the success of the company's mission and saving the lives of many of his fellow Marines. Private First Class Backeberg's inspiring initiative, courage and dedication to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 1675 (March 15, 1967)

Action Date: 19-Sep-66

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company D

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 10.16.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PFC BACKEBERG,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. SEMPER FI. PEOPLE ARE DECORATING AND PREPARING FOR HALLOWEEN. IT IS BECAUSE OF YOU WE CAN. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 3.10.2014
POSTED BY: Ralph Beer

Every September

I visit PFC Backeberg's grave in Forestvale Cemetery near Helena, Montana, every September. He was a classmate and a good lad, and those of us who knew him are very proud of his service and his heroic actions.
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POSTED ON 9.19.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 9.18.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Bruce Burton Backeberg, 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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