Steven Henry Bennefeld

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
24 December 1947 - 29 July 1967
Girard, Kansas
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Steven Henry Bennefeld

11 Dec 2000

I've worn Steven's MIA bracelet since buying it in front of the wall in 1990. I will wear it as along as is needed, because every man and woman who fought in the Vietnam War or any other war should be remembered for their bravery. Whatever happened to Steven, he died in service to his country and no one should ever forget that.

A memorial from one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Catharine J. Hunter

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In late July 1967, the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, undertook a battalion-sized reconnaissance in force into the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Vietnam. The Marines' target was a North Vietnamese Army division which had set up housekeeping within and immediately south of the DMZ - and on 29 July the Marines found the enemy at Thon Cam Son, some 5 kilometers northwest of Con Thien.

The resulting fight inflicted hundreds of casualties on the NVA, but not without cost: 31 Marines died in the fighting:

  • C Co, 3rd Antitank Bn - 3 dead
  • C Co, 3rd Eng Bn - 3 dead
  • E Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines - 9 dead
  • F Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines - 6 dead
  • G Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines - 5 dead
  • H Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines - 2 dead
  • H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines - 3 dead
Pfc Bennefeld was with Golf 2/9. Other members of the company saw PFC Bennefeld stand upright in the face of heavy enemy gunfire in order to better take the attack to the enemy. According to these witnesses, Bennefeld was brought down by small arms fire, apparently hit in the upper torso. His unit was forced to withdraw until reinforcements arrived. When the Marines cleared the battlefield, Steven Bennefeld was not found.

PFC Bennefeld's remains have never been found.

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The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Catharine J. Hunter
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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