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Francis Arthur Benoit
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Birth: Apr. 24, 1944
Polk County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1967
Quang Tri, Vietnam

Francis, the son of Art Benoit of Buena Park CA and Mary Jane Kellenburger of West Duluth MN enlisted in the US Navy on October 22 1964 in Fargo ND. In Vietnam he was assigned as a Medical Corpsman to H&S Company, attached to Company E, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

On March 7, Company B of the 1st Battalion, and Company E , 2d Battalion were placed under the OPCON (Operational Control) of the 3d Marine Division and were deployed to the Khe Sanh Combat Base in the Huong Hoa District of Quang Tri Province. On the night of March 16 into March 17 on the northern defense perimeter in the vicinity of Hill 861S Company E came under attack by a large NVA force as the Marines began to move their night patrol base to a new location. Company B reacted and joined in the battle and when the battle subsided, The Marines had suffered nineteen men killed in action, fifty eight wounded, two who would later die of their wounds. HM3 Benoit was one of the casualties, he was killed in action as a result of multiple fragmentation wounds from a hostile explosive device.

* HM3 Francis A. Benoit was presented the NAVY CROSS posthumously "For extraordinary heroism while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion Ninth Marines ....on 16 March 1967".


H&S Company

Francis Arthur Benoit
Andrew Albert Alderman

Company E

Norman Richard Catlin
James Gormon Goetz
Charley Edward Gunn
Ronald Joseph Imperiale
George Dennis Johnson
Lloyd Nelson Kurtz
William Charles Lamon
Julian Allan Mc Kee
Joe Lawrence Schroeder
Richard Jerome Vedder Died of Wounds

Company B

John Herbert Cheeks Died of Wounds
Michael James Daley
Donald Eugene Harper Jr
Sylvester Land
Danny Eugene Nicklow
James Earl Perry
Alfred Pino
David Rhoades
Ted Williams
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  Arthur J. Benoit (1906 - 1993)
Note: On the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - Panel 16E, Line 88.
Saint Josephs Cemetery
Red Lake Falls
Red Lake County
Minnesota, USA
Maintained by: Victor Vilionis
Originally Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
Record added: Jul 24, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5636873
Francis Arthur Benoit
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Francis Arthur Benoit
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Remembering you and your family today. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.
- A Marine's Daughter & Army Mom
 Added: Oct. 11, 2014

- Joe Leong
 Added: Apr. 12, 2014
Sacrifice in never forgotten, hero's never die they live on in our hearts Forever
- Victor Vilionis
 Added: Jan. 19, 2014
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