JAMES BINGENHEIMER
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 48 OF THE WALL

JAMES BINGENHEIMER

WALL NAME

JAMES BINGENHEIMER

PANEL / LINE

4W/48

DATE OF BIRTH

08/19/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/15/1971

HOME OF RECORD

ATLANTIC CITY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Atlantic County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

SGT

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES BINGENHEIMER
POSTED ON 3.15.2022
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Valor

Sergeant James Bingenheimer, in addition to the Silver Star Medal previously posted, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Valor, with Combat Distinguishing Device (V), for his sustained heroism and meritorious service. He served as a Rifleman and was assigned to A CO, 1ST RECON BN, 1ST MARDIV,.
See https://marines.togetherweserved.com/
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POSTED ON 8.22.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. Your Silver Star citation attests to your bravery and devotion to your country. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 7.28.2020

Final Mission of SGT James Bingenheimer

On March 14, 1971, a seven-man patrol from A Company, 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division was launched from its battalion base camp at Hill 327 (Camp Reasoner) near Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN. The mission was to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance operations for four days in the Charlie Ridge area five miles northwest of Hill 65. The team consisted of six Marine riflemen and one Navy corpsman. On the morning of the second day, they were still in their overnight harbor site waiting for the weather to clear (it had drizzled the entire night) when a single Viet Cong carrying a rifle was observed moving on a trail near their position. The team took the enemy combatant under fire and killed him. The body was searched, and all his gear and rifle were recovered. The team then moved though the brush up Charlie Ridge and came to a security halt by a large boulder and log surrounded by trees. The patrol leader, SGT James Bingenheimer, stood up to check the area when he was hit by enemy rifle fire. The team returned fire while the corpsman began providing aid to the critically wounded Bingenheimer, who was hit twice, in the left kidney and spine near the small of his back. The aidman worked for some 45 minutes, applying a battle dressing and administering rescue breaths and chest compressions to resuscitate their dying patrol leader. The battalion surgeon was consulted by radio, and despite the best efforts of the corpsman, Bingenheimer expired. His body was placed in a poncho as the team began evasive maneuvers. Air support came on station as Marine AH-1G Cobra attack helicopters provided coverage for the besieged patrol, reporting they observed up to two hundred enemy searching for them. They found an overnight harbor, and artillery plotted around their position kept the Viet Cong at bay. In the morning, they were recovered by a Marine CH-46 utilizing a SPIE rig to rapidly extract the team. The next day, a memorial service conducted by the battalion chaplain was held for Bingenheimer at Camp Reasoner. Bingenheimer was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal for his actions during the patrol. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, “Command Chronology – Danang (1st Recon Bn, A Co)” at ttu.edu, and information provided by A. L. Belluscio (July 2020)]
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POSTED ON 3.16.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SERGEANT JAMES BINGENHEIMER,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A RIFLEMAN. SEMPER FI. 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 3.15.2015
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

James Bingenheimer
Date of death: March 15, 1971
Home of record: Atlantic City New Jersey
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant James Bingenheimer (MCSN: 2145060), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Patrol Leader with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 15 March 1971, while leading a patrol in the Charlie Ridge area of Quang Nam Province, Sergeant Bingenheimer initiated an ambush against a North Vietnamese Army soldier and killed him as he attempted to escape. After searching the body and finding documents containing information of intelligence value, he elected to move his reconnaissance team to an alternate location lest other enemy soldiers in the area be attracted to the ambush site by the sound of gunfire. As the patrol moved away, the Marines heard hostile movement nearby. Quickly deploying his men into effective fighting positions, Sergeant Bingenheimer fearlessly moved about the defensive perimeter to ensure that every possible enemy avenue of approach was clearly discernible and, while so doing, sustained two serious wounds when hostile soldiers concealed in the heavy jungle growth opened fire on his team. Responding immediately to the assault, he shouted encouragement and fire directions to his men and, although suffering intense pain, valiantly waged a vigorous defense of the position until the enemy was forced to retreat. When the fire fight was over, the Corpsman and assistant patrol leader, observing that Sergeant Bingenheimer was a casualty, rushed to his aid but, despite their intensive first aid efforts, he succumbed to his wounds. By his courage, heroic initiative, and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger. Sergeant Bingenheimer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: March 15, 1971

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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