|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 1948|
|Death: ||Apr. 30, 1968|
Quang Tri, Vietnam
Name: Bruce Wayne Staehli
Rank/Branch: Lance Corporal/USMC
Unit: l/3/9 3 MAR DIV
Date of Birth: 24 September 1948
Home City of Record: Crow Point Lake IN [Crown Point?]
Loss Date: 30 April 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164930N 1070200E
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Others In Incident: none missing
Bruce Staehli was a Marine in Vietnam when the fighting was intense. His Marine brothers at Khe Sanh had fought the Vietnamese in one of the bloodiest battles of the war earlier in the year, while the Marines at Hue were fighting the enemy in the streets. By April, the Marines at Khe Sanh had finished operation Pegasus and had embarked on a series of missions called Scotland II to search and clear the area of enemy presence.
It was perhaps on such a mission that Bruce Staehli disappeared on April 30, 1968, near the city of Dong Ha, South Vietnam. Dong Ha is only a few miles from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and less than 30 miles northeast of Khe Sanh. Staehli is the only missing man from the action that day, and there is good reason to believe the enemy knows his fate. He may have been captured.
When American prisoners were released 5 years later, the Staehli family was shocked and disappointed that their son was not one of them. Experts say there were hundreds expected to be released who were not.
Body lost or destroyed
Created by: Mike
Record added: May 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70185811
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