STEPHEN J PRASZYNSKI
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 46 OF THE WALL

STEPHEN JAY PRASZYNSKI

WALL NAME

STEPHEN J PRASZYNSKI

PANEL / LINE

16W/46

DATE OF BIRTH

12/10/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/08/1969

HOME OF RECORD

SALT LAKE CITY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Salt Lake County

STATE

UT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR STEPHEN JAY PRASZYNSKI
POSTED ON 2.5.2024

Ground Casualty

CPL Stephen J. Praszynski served with E Company, U.S. Marine Corps Security Guard Battalion, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. Praszynski was assigned State Department security duty at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, RVN. Embassy Security Guards protected State Department personnel and prevented the compromise of national security information and equipment at the embassy facility. When not on duty, Praszynski was billeted with the other embassy guards in Marine House, an eight-story hotel at #67 Tran Quy Cap across the street from South Vietnam’s presidential palace. The billets maintained a full restaurant on the ground floor and a complete bar on the top floor. Each Marine had the luxury of their own room with a private bath. On November 8, 1969, Praszynski reportedly died in his sleep at Marine House. Details regarding the death were sparse. A casualty report released two weeks later stated “Died 8Nov69 in Saigon Vietnam due to asphyxiation.” This was amended the following month to a more cryptic “Died 8Nov69.” Asphyxiation while sleeping is caused by a blocked airway, generally due to aspiration, when the contents of the stomach are inhaled into the airway. In healthy young men, it may occur when the sedating effects of alcohol or drug use impair cough and gag reflexes, leading to aspiration. Praszynski was 20 years old. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and calvetconnect.blog]
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POSTED ON 1.21.2024

CPL Stephen J. Praszynski’s Military ID

Image courtesy of Redbird Research LLC, Saint Charles, MO.
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POSTED ON 10.28.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you....

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
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POSTED ON 6.14.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl Sephen Praszynski, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Yesterday was Flag Day. 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 8.30.2020

“Viet Battle Veteran Dies Of Asphyxiation” (article)

“Viet Battle Veteran Dies Of Asphyxiation.” Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT), November 10, 1969, courtesy of Valerie Jacobson, Reference Staff, Research Center of the Utah State Archives & Utah State History, Salt Lake City, UT.
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