GEORGE M BEVICH JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 13E, LINE 9 OF THE WALL

GEORGE MICHAEL BEVICH JR

WALL NAME

GEORGE M BEVICH JR

PANEL / LINE

13E/9

DATE OF BIRTH

07/10/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/04/1966

HOME OF RECORD

SUMMIT HILL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Carbon County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

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POSTED ON 12.15.2003
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

Families to Receive Medals of Valor for 2 Killed in Vietnam

Special to The Inquirer

MCGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE, N.J., March 15.-Two young air policemen who died repulsing a Vietcong attack on Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon will be honored Thursday in ceremonies attended by their parents.
The Silver Star, the Nation's third highest award for valor, will be awarded posthumously to Airman 2-c John M. Cole, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cole, of 113 Salaignac st., Philadelphia, and Airman 2-c George M. Bevich Jr., 22, whose father ia a retired coal miner in Summit Hill, Pa.

'THWARTED ATTACK'

The medals will be presented to the airman's parents by Brig. Gen. Roland J. Barnick, commander of the 438th Military Airlift Wing at McGuire.
The young men were credited with playing a key role in thwarting a surprise attack by the Communists on the Saigon air base last December 4.
In the attack, Cole was sent to a perimeter road in an attempt to trap the enemy. "Under greatly superior odds," his citation says, "he held his position and although fatally wounded, continued to ward off the attack."

VIETCONG TRAPPED

But his stand was successful. A Vietcong force was trapped while retreating from the base.
Cole was a 1964 graduate of Roxborough High School. His father is a tipstaff in Quarter Sessions Court.
Airman Bevich, on patrol duty with his dog, Rex, was the first to spot the Vietcong as they mounted the attack in the darkness.

'PREVENTED DIASTER'

He radioed word of his discovery and, according to his squadron commander, prevented "a major diaster to U.S. forces at Tan Son Nhut."
Bevich's last words were "I am moving in on them."
The squadron commander, Lt. Col. Grove C. Johnson, wrote, "There is no evidence that Airman Bevich even considered avoiding his attackers even though there was little he could do to stop the Vietcong advance, let alone survive the mission he had undertaken."

Article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on March 16, 1967.
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POSTED ON 1.8.2002
POSTED BY: Jerry Passaretti 42ndC.D.S.

Rest In Peace My Fellow Air Policeman

George, we were Stationed at Loring A.F.B.
Maine. I hardly knew you, just to say "Hello"
After all these years you are not forgotten,
you are one of my Heros!!! You are in my daily
prayers
Forever Rest In Peace my HERO.
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POSTED ON 6.10.2000
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS HEROIC UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SERVICEMAN WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

AIRMAN SECOND CLASS

GEORGE MICHAEL BEVICH JR



was a K - 9 DOG HANDLER with the

377th AIR POLICE SQUADRON

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

TAN SON NHUT AIR BASE


and a posthumous recipient of the

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PURPLE HEART MEDAL






YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE


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POSTED ON 9.18.1999
POSTED BY: Fred A. Cobb

Dog Handler Pride

George, I remember you today as well as I did when I met you at Lackland AFB, Tx when we were on our way to Viet Nam. I remember how we all got off the plane in Hawaii with our dogs and took them out on the ramp eventhough the government told us they had to remain on the plane. Everything for our dogs. All of us talked about dying in Viet Nam but I don't think any of us thought one of us would. We knew that, unlike other soldiers, we at least had our dog with us so we would never be alone. I was shocked when I heard that you had been killed during the attack on your base in Siagon. I belong to an organization today that honors the Viet Nam dog handlers. You are a member of that organization and your name is on our honor roll. We talk about you all the time. I laugh at some of the things we all did. We were all so young. I know you have a son and I know that he had to be very proud of you. I know all your dog handler friends are. You will never be forgotten. Some day, I'll be in heaven with you and we can once again walk our dogs.
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