Benny James Sapp

Private First Class
Army of the United States
18 May 1949 - 20 November 1968
Rockford, Ohio
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Benny James Sapp

06 Aug 2008

Benny's family would like to hear from anyone who may have served with him. Benny is remembered by eigth graders from Mercer County when traveling to Washington D.C.. His name is looked up and a rubbing is made.

From a friend,
Robert W. Klosterman

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 19 Nov 1968 elements of the 2nd Bn, 28th Infantry were inserted into a landing zone about 3 kilometers west of Ben Het to build a new Fire Supprt Base - FSB CANTIGNY. The first order of business was to clear the area around the FSB area. While doing so, 2nd Plt, D Company 2/28 encountered VC in bunkers in a treeline. The point man, SP4 David C. Jasper of New Castle, Indiana, was hit by the initial volley of VC fire; a second soldier, SP5 Albert M. Figueroa of San Antonio, Texas, was killed trying to retrieve SP4 Jasper. Eventually the VC were cleared and the troops turned to constructing the new fire support base.

What happened next is reported in the MACV Summary for 20 Nov:

Although the Summary puts CANTIGNY east rather than west of Ben Cat, the remainder is accurate enough. The VC attack began with mortars and a ground attack followed. Five US soldiers were killed in the attack:

  • SGT Jeffrey L. Hicks, Jefferson City, MO, C Company;
  • PFC Leonard Beatty, Chicago, IL, A Company;
  • PFC Raymond L. Brown, Bath, NY, C Company;
  • PFC Thomas J. Burton, Pompano Beach, FL, C Company; and
  • PFC Benny J. Sapp, Rockford, OH, C Company.
One person who was at FSB CANTIGY recalls that PFCs Brown, Burton, and Sapp were not within the perimeter proper, but were in a forward listening post which was overrun by the ground attack.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Robert W. Klosterman

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 06 Aug 2008
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