Castaneda, Benjamin Beltran, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11E10-Armor Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1964-1965, 11E10, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV)
Service Years
1943 - 1965

Staff Sergeant

Six Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT Theodore (Teddy) Earley (Charlie 3-2A1) to remember Castaneda, Benjamin Beltran, SSG.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
El Monte
Last Address
El Monte

Casualty Date
Jan 23, 1965
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
San Gabriel Cemetery - San Gabriel, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 083

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

 Unit Assignments
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1964-1965, 11E10, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
At 5:55 PM on December 24, 1964, Viet Cong terrorists exploded a bomb in the garage area underneath the Brinks Hotel in Saigon, South Vietnam. The hotel, housing 125 military and civilian guests, was being used as officers' billets for U.S. Armed Forces in the Republic of Vietnam.

Two Americans were killed,
Lt. Col. James R. Hagen, a 20-year army veteran working for the MACV
SSgt. Benjamin B. Castañeda, serving with MACV and an army veteran of 20 years.

Castañeda survived the blast, later succumbing to his injuries on January 23, 1965.

Over 100 Americans, Vietnamese, and Australians were injured. Small buildings at the rear of the Brinks Hotel were completely destroyed by the force of the blast.
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