BENJAMIN G SPEARS
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HONORED ON PANEL 5E, LINE 129 OF THE WALL

BENJAMIN GEORGE SPEARS

WALL NAME

BENJAMIN G SPEARS

PANEL / LINE

5E/129

DATE OF BIRTH

02/20/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/07/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ALBANY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dougherty County

STATE

GA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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POSTED ON 11.28.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. We should be forever thankful for the sacrifices of you and so many others to ensure the freedoms we so often take for granted.
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POSTED ON 6.18.2022
POSTED BY: Ronald Mills

The uncle I never got to meet

As I sit beside my father hearing his final words, to be buried next to you and my grandma, who I also never got to meet. He tells me how his brother was not as fortunate as him, and how you lost your life the same year he was sent over there. He was in Vietnam from 1966 till 1973 before he came home. He always talked about you fondly. So my uncle, please be there to welcome my daddy, your little brother. Thank you sir, much love, pride and respect. Untill we finally meet, your nephew
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POSTED ON 4.18.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Benjamin Spears, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Happy Easter, and Passover . Time moves quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.7.2020
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Bronze Star Medal Award

Sergeant Benjamin G Spears was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor for exemplary courage under fire. He served as an Infantryman and was assigned to Recon Platoon, Hq & Hq Co., 1st Bn, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Div.
See www.virtualwall.org/ds/SpearsBG01a.htm
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POSTED ON 11.20.2014

Everyone Got Sore When They Killed SGT Spears By Bob Jones

BAN BRIENG, Viet Nam—Everybody says that SGT Benjamin G. Spears was a great guy to have in the outfit and a scrappy little jungle fighter with an M-16 rifle. He was going to come back to Honolulu and marry his girlfriend as soon as he could hang up the camouflaged fatigues he wore with the reconnaissance platoon of the 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry (Cacti). T h a t made everyone twice as sore when a North Vietnamese infantryman killed Spears with a burst from an old Thompson sub-machine gun on a mountain trail near here. So sore, in fact, that they went to some unusual lengths to kill the Vietnamese and to recover Spears’ body at a time when it looked like the platoon was going to be lucky to get out of there with only one dead. SSGT Damien K. Kaaihue, 29, of Lahaina, was with Spears. So were two other Hawaii GIs attached to the flank squad: SSGT Sergio T. Gatpatan and SGT Warren Knepper, 23, of Hawaii. "We’d just cleared a village and were heading to the landing zone where the helicopters were going to pick us up," Kaaihue said. "It was about 10:30 in the morning and sudden] we ran smack into those two PAVN (North Vietnamese) crossing the trail and going down to get water.”They turned around and ran like hell. One was faster than the other, but I fired my M-79 (grenade launcher) and got the one. The other got away in the jungle. "I yelled to the platoon sergeant that the guy was coming his way, but he couldn’t find him.” It turned out he had a buddy who had stayed behind with their packs. They had dug into a Montagnard grave because it was soft dirt and made a foxhole out of it. "Then they pinned down the platoon with fire from those damn machineguns. We couldn’t see them to fire back. "SGT Spears came over to where we were. We were going to try and work our way around their position. I turned and yelled to the guy on my right and when I looked back, Spears wasn’t there. "Then I saw him. He was lying on the ground and had been hard to see because of his camouflage fatigues. The first shot had got him right through the head. I crawled over and dragged him behind a log, but the Thompsons just cut right through the dead log and they hit Spears again. I wanted to get him back, but I couldn’t. The bullets were hitting right behind my heels as it was and so I just played dead for a while until I could crawl out of there under some protective fire. CAPT John Fielding, the battalion Intelligence officer, asked me if I was sure Spears was dead and I said yes. He said we’d better get out of there. But that’s when we decided we had to get Spears out, too. We were going to call in an air strike all over the area, but we figured that would get Spears’ body too. So one of the guys went up and marked the place where the PAVN were dug in with a smoke bomb, and then we called in the air. The first bomb run by the A-1s (Skyraiders) landed right on the spot and got both PAVN right in their hole. And they didn’t even touch Spears. So we dragged him out and just left the PAVN there. Spears and Kaaihue had been over here last at Vinh Long, as shotgun riders on U.S. helicopters. They had hoped to get back home together, too.” Kaaihue takes it all philosophically. Some of his other shotgun buddies have been killed here, too. "Only about nine months to go over here," he said as we talked about the war and about dead friends under the shade of a tree. "But like a pregnant woman who’s going to have a baby, you feel that’s a long wait." [Taken from cacti35th.org]
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