STEPHEN A BALTERS JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 21E, LINE 41 OF THE WALL

STEPHEN A BALTERS JR

WALL NAME

STEPHEN A BALTERS JR

PANEL / LINE

21E/41

DATE OF BIRTH

01/21/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/03/1967

HOME OF RECORD

SAN JOSE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Santa Clara County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR STEPHEN A BALTERS JR
POSTED ON 6.3.2016

A true Marine hero, and maybe some answers about who, what, why.....

Richard Hulet
[email protected]
I served, with the batallion
It has been, almost 50, years since. Lance Corporal, Stephen Balters served, with the best. Foxtrot, Company, 2nd, Battalion, 5th, Marines, 1st, Marine Division, left, for Operation, Union II, on May 26th, 1967, attached, to Colonel, Hilgartner’s, 1st, Battalion, 5th, Marines. When, the first wave, of helicopters came back, for the rest, of the company, the helicopter crews unloaded, what looked like body bags, but, inconceivably, it was flack jackets, as Col Hilgartner, thought it was too hot to wear them. By June, 3rd, after a week in the bush, south, of their An Hoa, base camp, in the Que Son, Valley, Foxtrot’s objective, was the village of Vinh Huy, 2. The company advanced, parallel to Delta, 1/5, 800, meters, southeast, moving towards a saddle leading to a field, 450, meters wide, by 350, meters deep. Delta, Company, was engaged with at least, a company of NVA. The first and second platoons, entered the rice paddy and the battle raged, for the next several hours. The men of Foxtrot, fought valiantly, engaging, an NVA regiment. Corporal, Loyd Woods, single handedly attempted, to save his mortally wounded, platoon leader, attacked and eliminated, two machine gun positions and their crews. Corporal, Melvin Long, despite, being wounded twice, led his squad in an attack on the hills, killing all, of the enemy and relieving the crossfire on the Marines, trapped in the open rice paddy. Gunny Green, on his first operation with Foxtrot, also killed, the crew of two, machine gun positions. All three, were awarded, the Navy Cross. At 1745, Captain Graham, after being wounded twice, chose to stay with the badly wounded, battalion radio operator. His last radio contact, was to 3rd, platoon commander, indicating that he was out of ammunition and that “25, NVA., are firing and maneuvering against me and they are looking pretty good...” He received, the Congressional Medal, of Honor. Foxtrot Company, lost 30, men, killed and another 61, wounded, on June 3, 1967. Only a month, later, after rebuilding, Fox was sent to Nong Son and attacked, losing 10, more men. A short timer, machine gunner Private, Melvin Newlin, received, the Medal, of Honor, for his actions on the night of 3/4, July. Steven Balters, may you, rest in peace. I, will never forget. Sgt., Richard Hulet, Logistics, Support Unit, 2/5, An Hoa, 1967. I can only hope this helps a little..., best I can do.
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POSTED ON 5.25.2015
POSTED BY: Christian Evers

what happened?

Lcpl Balters was my cousin and although I was born almost 30 years after his passing, I feel the need to find out exactly what happened over there. Everything I've read suggests that he was involved in Operation Union II but I want to find someone who was there and possibly someone who knew him who could tell me how he fell.
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POSTED ON 7.2.2014
POSTED BY: Joe Fries

Friends and Neighbors

I have not forgotten days shared in the neighborhood in Omaha. Was saddened to attend your funeral before I started my military service as a Navy Corpsman. We all miss you Steve and continue to pray for you. I know when you got to heaven God said "Welcome Home". Though it says hometown San Jose those of us that knew you know your home town was Omaha, NE
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POSTED ON 6.3.2014
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Semper Fi, Marine.

POSTED ON 11.29.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCPL Stephen A Balters Jr, 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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