WALTER J BIENKOWSKI
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 98 OF THE WALL

WALTER JOSEPH BIENKOWSKI

WALL NAME

WALTER J BIENKOWSKI

PANEL / LINE

2E/98

DATE OF BIRTH

10/25/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KHANH HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/28/1965

HOME OF RECORD

BAYSIDE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Queens

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WALTER JOSEPH BIENKOWSKI
POSTED ON 9.27.2020
POSTED BY: Johnny Griffin

It's been 55 years Wally

Semper fi old friend. You were our hero. Our Elvis. Our feeling of invincibility as we grew to manhood. Like many of the boys of Bayside I followed you into the Corps. God was kind to me. Married Patty Walsh. Never forgot you. Visited you on your anniversary at St Mary's. God be good to you Walter. You were a great friend. Griff
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POSTED ON 11.9.2018

Final Mission of LCPL Walter J. Bienkowski

On September 25, 1965, the 2nd Platoon (Rein), Company D, 1st Batallion, 1st Marines, was operating in the Binh Thy and Giao Tri areas in Quang Nam Province, RVN, conducting a sweep and clear mission. During the operation they discovered approximately 600 lbs. of rice. A fire team and the Platoon Sergeant were left as security with the rice until ARVN forces arrived to take custody of it. The remainder of the platoon continued its mission. At 5:05 PM, the 2nd Platoon (Rein) ran into an electrically detonated mine of the directional Claymore-type. Seven men were wounded by this explosion, three critically. The three severely wounded later died of their wounds. They were SSGT William E. Hill, LCPL Walter J. Bienkowski, and PFC Bernard P. Murray. LCPL Bienkowski, who survived evacuation, later died at the U.S. Army hospital in Nha Trang on September 28, 1965. After the mine exploded, an estimated Viet Cong platoon opened fire from a position north of a river. The remainder of the Marine platoon, under the command of the Right Guide, was deployed and returned fire against the Viet Cong. At the same time, the 2nd Platoon (Rein) Company was alerted to be helicopter-lifted to the area from which the fire was being received. Artillery was fired (188mm rounds) at the Viet Cong and to clear the LZ. Upon completion of these fire missions, the 2nd Platoon of Company M was landed in the secured area and commenced to search and clear the village of Giao Tri (2). During the search of the village, four Marines became casualties, one of whom died, PVT Bennel Ellis, and three others wounded. These casualties were inflicted by friendly UH-1E gunships while providing close air support. The search and clear of the village continued during the hours of darkness until 11:00 PM, by utilizing a flare plane. This enabled a limited search of the village to be completed. At first light, the village was re-swept and thoroughly searched. There were no confirmed enemy casualties. Numerous caves and tunnels were found in the village area and destroyed. A total of 52 villagers were apprehended and evacuated as Viet Cong suspects for screening. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Command Chronology, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, September 1965]
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POSTED ON 9.18.2017
POSTED BY: Joe Conron

Still miss you cousin.

I look at this wall of remembrance every year at this time - September - but could never say anything. My mom called me on my 18th birthday- Sep 29, 1065 - to tell me that you died the day before. Still can't imagine that you -Y big, strong, smart - a superstar - could be killed. I loved when we visited you in Bayside - going to White Castle around the corner, or just hanging out in your room. Still weep for you.

Joe
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POSTED ON 3.11.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR LANCE CORPORAL WALTER BIENKOWSKI,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A RIFLEMAN. SEMPER FI. WE ARE ABOUT TO SPRING AHEAD FOR LIGHT SAVINGS TIME. YOU, AND THOSE LIKE YOU ARE THE BRIGHT LIGHT. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS
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POSTED ON 11.3.2015
POSTED BY: Bob Burke

MY Best Friend

Though I only new you for a short time I considered you my best friend and still are. This posting is a little strange in that your death has haunted me for 50 years. You see I was with you on the deck of the ship at night time when we would talk about our personal lives and I was the last person you new real good that you got to speak to the night you passed away. I was the Company driver so I had to go to the hospital and see all the injured and go to Graves Registration and identify all deceased Marines from our Company. I wondered all these years how I could contact your relatives and talk about how and why you died. I am almost 70 years old now and if anyone would like to chat with me about the past, please feel free. If you don't I sure understand. Miss you buddy, you were the best!
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