STEVEN D PLATH
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 88 OF THE WALL

STEVEN DALE PLATH

WALL NAME

STEVEN D PLATH

PANEL / LINE

4W/88

DATE OF BIRTH

08/28/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/28/1971

HOME OF RECORD

ST LOUIS PARK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hennepin County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PVT

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LEFT FOR STEVEN DALE PLATH
POSTED ON 5.24.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PVT Steven Plath, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Memorial Day is this next weekend when the nation remembers all our lost. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 8.25.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

PVT Steven Dale Plath is buried at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont, MN.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 12.2.2018

Attack on FSB Mary Ann – March 28, 1971

In the fog-shrouded early morning hours of March 28, 1971, fifty members of a specially trained North Vietnamese Army assault force, their bodies covered with charcoal dust and grease that made them almost invisible in the dark, quietly approached Fire Support Base Mary Ann, a small U.S. Army encampment in the northern part of Vietnam in Quang Tin Province. The remote outpost with about 30 buildings, including bunkers and sleeping quarters, was defended by 231 Americans of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry (Americal) Division, along with 22 South Vietnamese soldiers. The garrison had become lax about basic security measures, partly because of infrequent contact with the enemy. The intruders, from the 2nd Company of the 409th NVA Main Force Sapper Battalion, crouched low in three- and six-man teams, silently slipped through the barbed wire that marked the firebase’s outer defenses. Under an umbrella of NVA mortar fire, the sappers raced through the compound tossing gas grenades and canvas satchels loaded with explosives. They then directed automatic weapons fire at the demolished or burning targets. The infiltrators hit the battalion tactical operations center and C Company’s command bunker, killing CPT Richard V. Knight Jr., the company’s leader. Grunts were shot down trying to escape their quarters or buried alive when enemy explosives were hurled into their hooches. The base “was a shambles…with things burning all over the place,” wrote the Americal commander in a letter to his family. After one hour of close-quarter combat, 30 Americans were dead and 82 wounded. A count of the enemy dead showed 15 NVA bodies in and around the camp. The lost Americans included SP4 Larry D. Austin, SGT Michael J. Bayne, SGT Ronald J. Becksted, CPL Donald C. Bennett, SP4 Victor R. Bennett Jr., SGT Richard J. Boehm, SGT Richard R. Carson, SGT Clifford W. Corr, SGT Michael L. Crossley, PFC Wilbert S. Dupree Jr., SP4 James E. Edgemon, SP5 Kyle S. Hamilton, CPL Druey L. Hatfield, 1LT John L. Hogan, CPL Michael S. Holloway, SGT Myron B. Johnson, CPL William W. Kirkpatrick, CPT Richard V. Knight Jr., 1LT Carl B. McGee, SGT Larry W. McKee, PFC Laymon Palmer, PVT Steven D. Plath, SSG Terry H. Price, SSG Warren P. Ritsema, CPL Dallas D. Robinson, SGT Robert J. Schumacher, PFC Clark V. Shawnee, CPL Paul A. Sheer, SP4 Donald M. Stotts, and SP4 Roger D. Whirlow. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Sapper Attack: The Elite North Vietnamese Units,” Vietnam Magazine, February 2017]
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POSTED ON 5.13.2015
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Steven.
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POSTED ON 3.28.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PVT Steven Dale Plath, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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