STEPHEN BLANN
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HONORED ON PANEL 32W, LINE 42 OF THE WALL

STEPHEN BLANN

WALL NAME

STEPHEN BLANN

PANEL / LINE

32W/42

DATE OF BIRTH

11/13/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/16/1969

HOME OF RECORD

POMPANO BEACH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Broward County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR STEPHEN BLANN
POSTED ON 2.16.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Quang Tri,1969

Navy Cross

Stephen Blann
Date of birth: 13-Nov-45
Date of death: February 16, 1969
Home of record: Pompano Beach Florida
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Stephen Blann (MCSN: 2391078), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Squad Leader with the Third Platoon, Company E, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, against North Vietnamese Army forces in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam. On 16 February 1969, Company E was attacking south along an enemy road with the Third Platoon providing rear security. Intermittent sniper fire had been received throughout the day. In the afternoon the company halted to conduct a reconnaissance of a large area and to secure a stream-crossing site before continuing its movement. As the lead elements resumed the attack, Lance Corporal Blann observed a number of enemy troops flanking the company in an attempt to attack from the rear. Without hesitation he deployed his squad to counter the enemy's movement as the sporadic sniper fire increased to a heavy volume of small-arms and automatic weapons fire. Lance Corporal Blann immediately evaluated the situation and maneuvered his squad with great professional skill into an assault position against the encircling enemy as one of his men was immediately wounded. Noticing the seriousness of the man's wounds and hearing his painful cry for help, Lance Corporal Blann, while under an intense volume of fire and disregarding his own personal safety, moved into the open area to the wounded man. Shouting encouragement to his squad and continuing to direct the attack upon the enemy, Lance Corporal Blann shielded the wounded man with his own body by kneeling in front of him in line with the enemy fire. While trying to administer first aid and move the man to a safer position, Lance Corporal Blann was mortally wounded. By his extraordinary heroism and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Blann saved the life of his fellow Marine and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: 16-Feb-69

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

Company: Company E

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 9th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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POSTED ON 4.5.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR LANCE CORPORAL BLANN,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ANTITANK ASSAULTMAN. SEMPER FI. FRANKIE WAS ALSO KILLED IN QUANG TRI, SAY HI TO HIM. 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. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 12.8.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCPL Stephen Blann, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 2.16.2012
POSTED BY: A Marine

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 11.21.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Stephen is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Pompano Beach, FL. NC PH
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