BRUCE R BAXTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 29E, LINE 47 OF THE WALL

BRUCE RAYMOND BAXTER

WALL NAME

BRUCE R BAXTER

PANEL / LINE

29E/47

DATE OF BIRTH

09/28/1931

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/09/1967

HOME OF RECORD

LOWELL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Middlesex County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MSGT

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BRUCE RAYMOND BAXTER
POSTED ON 9.23.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

POW-MIA

Never forget.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 7.15.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. Your Distinguished Service Cross attests to your courage and devotion to your fellow soldiers. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 11.9.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Bruce Raymond Baxter

Distinguished Service Cross
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Army
Rank: Master Sergeant
Division: 1st Special Forces
GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 6569 (December 22, 1967)
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Master Sergeant Bruce Raymond Baxter (ASN: RA-21289734), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Command and Control Detachment, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Master Sergeant Baxter distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 8 November 1967 while serving as Special Forces advisor to a Vietnamese reconnaissance team on combat operations deep in hostile territory. While moving through dense jungle shortly before nightfall, his team detected an enemy ambush to the front. Sergeant Baxter quickly directed the fire of his men on the hostile forces, disrupting the planned attack. He was seriously wounded by a barrage of enemy grenades during the firefight that followed, but he refused aid and directed his men to a landing zone for extraction. Savage fire raked the helicopters as they made their landing. Sergeant Baxter refused to be immediately evacuated, and directed half of his team to board the first aircraft while he remained on the ground. The second aircraft was downed after being driven off by the ravaging barrage, and he completely disregarded his own safety in an attempt to reach the crash site under a hail of bullets. The withering fire drove him back, and he requested a hoist extraction for the rest of his men. When the aircraft came in, he placed three of his men aboard before the ship was forced to take off under intense ground fire. A fourth helicopter elected to land despite the heavy barrage, and Sergeant Baxter climbed in only after he was sure that the rest of his team were aboard. He was mortally wounded when the helicopter was shot down in an attempt to fly out of the area. His gallant leadership and devotion to the safety of his men at great risk to his own welfare were responsible for saving several lives in the face of grave danger. Master Sergeant Baxter's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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POSTED ON 12.27.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR MASTER SERGEANT BAXTER,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A SPECIAL FORCES QUALIFIED INFANTRY OPERATIONS & INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST. YOU ARE STILL MIA. PLEASE COME HOME. WE NEED YOU. CHRISTMAS IS HERE.AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU. THE NEW YEAR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 12.15.2015
POSTED BY: Kim Bowie Sterrett RN

MIA/POW bracelet

I have worn MSgt Baxter's bracelet since 1990. I obtained it from SSgt Dudley Farquhar, also a Vietnam Vet. The red color of the bracelet has long faded but not my intention to keep his memory alive. This is the first time I have seen a picture of him. So heartbreaking. R.I.P.
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