Benjamin Ruben Montano

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
26 March 1949 - 25 June 1969
Tucson, Arizona
Panel 24W Line 094


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Benjamin Ruben Montano

27 Mar 2004

He was my cousin who died in Vietnam as did his brother Frankie Montano , a Marine who died near Chu Lai in '67. Ruben came home wounded from a booby-trap incident and died a couple of weeks after he returned. Four of us went and only two returned, my family gave a lot ... and we would do so again!

Your cousin,
Andrew Alday
Alpha Co., 3rd Bn, 22nd Infantry, 25th Inf Div
Vietnam, 1968-69

A Note from The Virtual Wall

SP4 Montano was wounded in action on 23 May 1969 while his unit was operating in Long An Province, south of Saigon; he was the only member of his unit known to have been fatally injured that day. He died on 25 June 1969 of injuries received. Fifteen years later, when the services compiled the initial lists of the men and women whose names would be placed on the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, SP4 Benjamin Ruben Montano was overlooked ... an error not corrected until May of 2001, when his named was engraved on the Wall.

His brother, Lance Corporal Francisco A. Montano, appeared on the Wall from its initiation - he was one of eight men from Fox Company, 2/4 Marines, killed in action on 08 April 1967:

The following exerpt from Pfc James Popp's Navy Cross explains the situation:
"Private First Class Popp's squad was conducting a squad-size patrol against the Viet Cong forces in Quang Nam Province. While moving along a trail in search of the enemy, the squad was suddenly taken under a murderous volume of small-arms, hand grenade and 40 millimeter grenade fire. The heavy volume of fire rained in from three sides, ..."

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Mar 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009