Arneson, Marcus Eugene, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1971-1971, 11B10, 5th Infantry Division
Service Years
1970 - 1971

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Glenview, IL

Casualty Date
May 21, 1971
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
A. L. Stephens Memorial Park - Clayton, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 043

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 Unit Assignments
11th Infantry Regiment5th Infantry Division
  1971-1971, 11B10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry
  1971-1971, 11B10, 5th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Montana Mustang
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Last Known Activity

Casualty Occurrence: Operation Montana Mustang. See below.

Fire Support Base Charlie Two (FSB C-2) was located about 3 miles northeast of Cam Lo village in Quang Tri Province, RVN. It was operated by the 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized). On May 21, 1971 at 1735 hours, FSB C-2 started to receive 122mm rockets. At 102 pounds and 6 1/2 feet long, the projectiles had a range of over 6 miles and were equipped with time-delayed fuses. A total of 11 rockets landed within the perimeter of FSB C-2. The seventh rocket launched against the base hit at 1744 hours. It struck the Enlisted Men’s club bunker which at the time was occupied by an estimated 65-70 personnel.

Even though the bunker was covered by four layers of sandbags and three feet of dirt, the rocket penetrated its protective barrier and exploded inside, causing it to collapse on those sheltered below. Rescue operations were begun immediately. All available personnel and equipment were requested and employed, and C/1-61 arrived from Quang Tri Combat Base as a reaction force at 2100 hours. Excavation rescue and dustoff (medical evacuation missions) activities finally ceased at approximately 0200 hours on May 22nd. The losses were devastating—30 killed and 33 wounded. Several units of the 1st Brigade sustained casualties in the bunker.

The 61st Infantry was hit hardest, losing 18 men—60% of the 30 Americans KIA. A Company alone counted 13 killed; Headquarters Company, four; D Company, 1; and brigade HHC, two. The 7th Engineer Battalion’s A Company also saw five members perish in the rubble. A Company of the 77th Armor had one KIA, as did C Battery, 5th Battalion, 4th Artillery. Three batteries from the 8th, 26th and 65th Artillery, 108th Artillery Group, probably there for fire direction control, each had a KIA, too.

The list of names of the soldiers killed in the attack at FSB C-2 included PFC Marcus E. Arneson, PFC Vincent M. Benedetti, SSGT James E. Boddie, SMAJ Charles M. Crawford, SGT Alvin C. Curry, SFC Thomas F. Delehant, PFC Joe F. Gayosso, SP4 Randall J. Glasspoole, SGT Columbus V. Gross, SGT Billy D. Herring, SP4 William H. Hjorth, SFC William C. Jennings, SP4 William M. Kennedy, SP4 Charles N. Kowalk, PFC Karl J. Lavallee, 1LT Robert B. Lecates, SP4 David B. Matykiewicz, SP5 Steven M. Mitchell, SP4 John H. Najmola, SSGT Bennie L. North, SSGT Leo C. Oatman, SP4 Jerome A. Olson, SP4 Osier L. Pruitt, PFC Alberto A. Ramierez, PFC William Saylor, PFC William T. Smith, SP4 J.C. Summerlin, CPT George T. Taylor, SP4 Kenneth G. Westerberg, and PFC William E. Wolfe. [Taken from and]
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