Benton Michaud

Army of the United States
22 May 1947 - 10 January 1968
Fort Kent, Maine
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Benton Michaud

04 Nov 2007

He was my father.
I never got to meet him as he died before I was born.

From his son,
Steven Michaud
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The Hiep Duc Valley, southwest of Que Son, was a hotbed of NVA/VC activity throughout the war. Between 03 and 14 Jan 1968 elements of the 196th Infantry Brigade conducted search and destroy operations in the Valley, with the intention of locating and destroying enemy units and infrastructure. One soldier was killed on 03 Jan, and one on 14 Jan - and 77 others in between those two dates. The first major engagement was on the second day of the operation, 04 Jan, when D Company, 4/31st Infantry, lost five men.

The largest engagement was on 10 Jan, when two companies from 2nd Bn, 21st Infantry engaged elements of the 2nd NVA Division near Hiep Duc. Nineteen US soldiers were killed in the fighting:

  • A Co, 3rd Bn, 21st Infantry
    • SSG Samuel J. Helfenstine, Cincinnati, OH
    • SSG James M. Morgan, Concord, MI
    • SGT Gordon A. Campbell, Atlanta, GA
    • SGT Norris F. Johnson, Tampa, FL
    • CPL Arnold G. Abel, French Lick, IN
    • CPL Robert D. Blea, Denver, CO
    • CPL Murrie L. Blocker, New Orleans, LA
    • CPL Paul M. Fones, Bear, DE
    • CPL Thomas A. Ghelli, Holliston, MA
    • CPL Franklin H. Raub, Flat Rock, MI
    • CPL Paul W. Rumrill, Cambridge, MA

  • D Co, 3rd Bn, 21st Infantry

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 04 Nov 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009