Stephen Peter Muller

Second Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
09 January 1942 - 02 July 1967
Indianapolis, Indiana
Panel 22E Line 110

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Stephen Peter Muller

07 Sep 2005

Steve, you were so young and just graduated from law school but you wanted to be in the infantry. You could have been a JAG officer. We are all very proud of you, Steve, and will always miss you.

I came 'in country' in 1968 and served one year with the Army Rangers. There isn't a day goes by that something reminds me of Vietnam and of you and the sacrifice you made for your country. God Bless you forever.

LTC Jim Johnson, US Army (Ret)

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At 10 AM on 2 July 1967, Bravo Company 1/9 Marines were on patrol about 1-1/2 miles northeast of Con Thien when they made contact with what they thought was a small, well-entrenched enemy unit. Alpha 1/9, also on patrol nearby, came to help, and the two understrength companies found themselves in a meat grinder - the small enemy force turned out to be 5 NVA battalions that had crossed the DMZ. Even worse, the NVA troops were supported by artillery firing from within and north of the DMZ.

The 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, was inserted by helicopter on the enemy's left flank and the massive weight of U. S. air and artillery support began taking its toll of the NVA. By evening the NVA had broken contact, withdrawing into the DMZ.

By that time Bravo 1/9 had been destroyed as a fighting force - and Alpha 1/9 was little better off. The initial action grew into a week-long pitched battle involving two Battalion Landing Teams, one each from USS TRIPOLI and USS OKINAWA.

Overall, 92 Marines and sailors died on the first day of the battle:

  • 1st Bn, 9th Marines:
    • A Company: 13
    • B Company: 58
    • C Company: 1
    • D Company: 1
    • H&S Company: 15

  • D Btry, 2/12 Marines: 2 (Forward Observers)
  • VMFA-542: 2 (F-4B BuNo 151421 shot down)

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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