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PFC Walter Paul Bem
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1950
Cambria County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 30, 1969
Quang Nam, Vietnam

Walter, the son of Bernard Bem (deceased) and Matilda Bem of Indiana PA, enlisted in the US Marine Corps on September 10, 1968 in Pittsburg PA. He arrived in Vietnam on April 6, 1969, and was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

On Operation OKLAHOMA HILLS During the night of April 29 30 the 1st Battalion Command Group with Company B and D crossed the Vu Gia River into the northern "Arizona" near the My Hoa village complex in Dai Loc District and began their attack towards the east south east. Company B became heavily engaged with enemy troops from their right rear near the My Binh village complex and both Company's turned their attack to the northwest engaging an estimated two Company NVA force firing automatic weapons, RPG's (Rocket Propelled Grenades) and mortar fire on the attacking Marines.

Reaching the river the Marines continued on their attack southwest, with the Vu Gia River as the northern border. With supporting air, and artillery, the Marines pressed onward with their assault facing heavy enemy fire as they maneuvered through a series of hedgerows and treelines chasing the fleeing NVA force. Contact was sporadic but heavy until darkness fell and the Marines were able to set up a defensive perimeter in the vicinity of My Dong. The Marines of Company B and D suffered many wounded and nine men had been killed in the action, one of the casualties was PFC Bem who died as a result of hostile rifle and mortar fire.

* PFC Bem was presented with the Silver Star Medal posthumously "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action ....on 30 April 1969...."

Company B Casualties:

Walter Paul Bem
John Patrick Byrne
Larry Alfonso Cunningham
John Franklin Lawrence
Espiridion Perez
Fred Thomas Williams

H&S Company, Attached to Company B Casualties:
Gary Alan Johnson

Company D Casualties:
David Paul Roy
Fernando Saenz Saldana

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Panel 26W - Line 81
Family links: 
  Matilda Boychew Bem (1918 - 1970)
Saint Bernard's Cemetery
Indiana County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: Victor Vilionis
Originally Created by: Jim Wray
Record added: Feb 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65042093
PFC Walter Paul Bem
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PFC Walter Paul Bem
Added by: Jim Wray
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