SAMUEL A BESSENT
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HONORED ON PANEL 26W, LINE 46 OF THE WALL

SAMUEL ALONZO BESSENT

WALL NAME

SAMUEL A BESSENT

PANEL / LINE

26W/46

DATE OF BIRTH

01/25/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/25/1969

HOME OF RECORD

CHICAGO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cook County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR SAMUEL ALONZO BESSENT
POSTED ON 6.24.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will always be with us....
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POSTED ON 4.7.2021

Final Mission of SP4 Samuel A. Bessent

At approximately 3:00 AM on April 25, 1969, an allied camp a half mile southwest of Lang Vei on Highway QL-9 in Quang Tri Province, RVN, was attacked by North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers throwing grenades and tossing satchel charges following a mortar barrage. The camp, an artillery firing position four miles southwest of the abandoned U.S. Marine base at Khe Sanh and two miles from the Laotian border, was occupied by a unit of the U.S. Fifth Division and a company-sized Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) armored cavalry detachment. About thirty NVA assaulted the allied perimeter where the American artillerymen fought back with support of fire from tank guns and .50 caliber machines guns mounted on the top of armored personnel vehicles (APC’s). At one point, the artillerymen lowered their cannons and fired point-blank into the swarming NVA. The battle ended at 6:00 AM, and two platoons from A-1/61 pursued the enemy to reestablish contact. Three U.S. were killed in the engagement and another twelve were wounded. The lost personnel were SP4 Samuel A. Bessent, SP5 David M. Lacey, and 1LT Ronald B. Vann. Nine ARVN also died including an Australian advisor embedded with them; another forty-three were wounded. A reported thirty enemy were killed, and an assortment of weapons were captured, including a portable flamethrower. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Artillerymen Fire Point-Blank, Beat Off Reds.” The Daily News (New York, NY), April 26, 1969]
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POSTED ON 1.25.2021
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four Samuel Alonzo Bessent, Served with the 3rd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 11.28.2018
POSTED BY: Thomas J Zito

Sam's Gaming Friends in the Summer of '68

This is the ONLY picture I have of Sam.

Sam is on the far right.

The other three of us were his gaming friends.

We played various Avalon Hill games (e.g. Midway, Waterloo, Gettysburg).

The three of us were Lane Tech HS geeks.
https://www.lanetech.org/

I graduated in '67, the other two in '68.

Back in the late summer of 1968 (perhaps early September) none of us had a camera.

This was taken by my kid brother who had just bought a cheap black & white Polaroid camera.

It was taken in the basement at 3309 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago. I lived there.

Left to Right:

Thomas Zito (me)
USAF veteran (SGT), Avionics, later Software Engineer for 39 years, BS Math.

Michael Lyons
USA veteran (SSGT), Drill Sgt, later Chief Investigator BGA Chicago, MS Political Science,
Quadriplegic, Agent Orange, Vietnam 1971-72.

Ron Gorski
USA veteran (SGT), Army Security Agency. later Software Engineer, MS Software Engineering,
Died 12 Nov 2010, Heart Attack.

Samuel A Bessent
USA (SP4), Army Tank Loader,
Died 25 Apr 1969.

We were Sam's friends...

I added the biographical details for a reason.

Sam's death changed us all.

For the rest of our lives we ALL made each and every day count and were all very successful.

God bless...



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POSTED ON 3.3.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

PLEASE, SOMEONE POST HIS PHOTO

ALSO, I HOPE SOMEONE PUTS YOUR PHOTO HERE BECAUSE THIS IS A WALL OF FACES AND YOURS IS NEEDED....
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