Benny Kumiyama Sanchez
Corporal
MORTAR BTRY, 2ND BN, 12TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Long Beach, California
November 11, 1946 to March 11, 1968
BENNY K SANCHEZ is on the Wall at Panel 44E, Line 17

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Benny K Sanchez
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W Battery 2/12 Marines was attached to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines.

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Benny was liked and respected by the men he served with. He had just returned from R&R in Hawaii, where for five days he got to see for the first time his daughter with his wife. He and I were very close friends ... we planned that when I came home he would pick me up at the airport so I could stay over a few days and meet his family. I took the photo above - on the left is my "bunker buddy" LCpl Spada, Benny is in the center, and Cpl Windom (Windham?) is on the right.

I spoke and held Benny's hand while waiting for him to be medevaced back to Con Thien. I had to plead for the helicopters to come in because of the danger imposed at night. Tom Pacileo, also wounded that day, was with Benny when he passed away at a medical center. Tom, Bobby "Hobo" Hancox (on the same gun), and I still keep in touch - and we still remember the events that took place that day.


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