|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1947|
|Death: ||Dec. 21, 1969|
Quang Nam, Vietnam
2LT - 01 - Marine Corps - Reserve
2nd Lieutenant - Company D - 1st Battalion - 5th Marines
1st MARDIV - III MAF
RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HEART
THANK YOU to Travelingal for the update on Steven's burial information - it is greatly appreciated.
Steven Eugene Backhaus began his tour of December 11, 1969; he was killed in action ten days later, on December 21, 1969 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam.
He was 22 years old.
Mr. Backhaus' death is listed as "Hostile - Ground Casualty, Other Explosive Device" - recent paperwork has verified that Mr. Backhaus was killed with four others when their truck hit a mine, southwest of Dai Loc.
There is comment that Steven Backhaus was from the state of Nebraska, married and Protestant, and that he had at least one child - because these individuals may still be living, I will not list further information about them unless given permission to do so.
Steven's parents, Frederick and Ramona Backhaus, are listed as having survived their son.
Mr. Backhaus is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - Panel 15W, Line 76.
I am in no way related to this young man, and would be happy to transfer the page to any of his relatives, should they come across this; I would also appreciate personal comments and/or photos to add to the memorial, if they are available.
This memorial page is being placed online on what would have been Steven's 65th birthday.
"These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They may or may not sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead." ~Robert G. Ingersoll
Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park
Created by: Rhonda C. Poynter & Frie...
Record added: Oct 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98520993
David L. McMonigle
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