Clayton, Benny Dean, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1965 - 1968

Field Artillery

First Lieutenant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 04, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Marys Catholic Church - Edgefield, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
39W 016

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Artillery Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment1st Infantry Division
  1968-1968, 1193, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment/A Battery
  1968-1968, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

I was assigned with Ben in the same battalion, when he was killed. He was

the Forward Observer with Charlie Company; I was the Forward Observer

in Delta Company. We were working out of a small firebase in the Tayh

Ninh province, near the Cambodian border. I think the name of the

Firebase was named either "Julie" or "Dot." He along with a Medic and

Platoon Sergeant were killed by small arms fire during an ambush. His

company was lead, on patrol. My company was, just behind his. I took his

place immediately after he fell. I shall never forget the sadness of that day,

watching his body being loaded onto that small Cayuse helicopter in the

middle of the jungle. Even today, I get somewhat depressed about what

happened that day. I recall how he before his death spoke lovingly of his

wife. Can someone share with me, where he is buried?

John Baker

Vietnam War Buddy

Aiken, SC., 29803, USA


Vietnam Wall Panel coords 39W 016
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