Banek, Lawrence Benjamin, CPL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B10, 4th Infantry Division
Service Years
1967 - 1968


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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cumberland, RI
Last Address
Cumberland, RI

Casualty Date
Sep 27, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Duc (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Calvary Cemetery - Cumberland, Rhode Island
Wall/Plot Coordinates
42W 026

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment4th Infantry Division
  1968-1968, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/D Company
  1968-1968, 11B10, 4th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
Wentworth Military Academy and Junior College
  1964-1966, Wentworth Military Academy and Junior College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Award Of The Bronze Star Medal "V" For Heroism

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Private First Class Banek distinguished himself while serving as a Rifleman with D, 2/35th Infantry. On 27 September 1968, Company D was called to the aid of a five-man listening and observation post which made contact with a large enemy force in a well-camouflaged bunker complex. Private First Class Banek's company, upon reaching the beleaguered patrol, was immediately placed under a devastating barrage of light weapons and grenade fire. Private First Class Banek immediately upon contact moved out to the flank to provide security for the point element. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he moved well out in front of the maneuvering element and engaged the enemy. Private First Class Banek eliminated several enemy soldiers by firing his weapon and throwing hand grenades into the brunt of the attack aimed at his position. Private First Class Banek continued his support and cover of the other elements until he was mortally wounded by the intense enemy fire. Private First Class Banek's exceptional courage, personal bravery, and complete devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the united States Army.

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