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SSGT Samuel Bess

SSGT Samuel Bess

Birth
Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina, USA
Death 3 Nov 1965 (aged 28)
Tan An, Long An, Vietnam
Burial Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 17309991 · View Source
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SSG Samuel Bess, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Sanford, North Carolina.

SSG Samuel Bess was a member of the Army, SSG Bess served our country until November 3rd, 1965 in South Vietnam. He was 28 years old and was married. It was reported that Samuel died from small arms fire or grenade. Samuel fought in the Ia Drang Valley during the Pleiku campaign in October and November 1965.His body was recovered. SSG Bess is on panel 03E, line 014 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 10 years.

He leaves behind his wife Shirley, 4 children, 3 girls one boy. His grandson is named in his honor. When he left he told his family that he would never see NC again. He played the drums well.

He served with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division(AMBL), USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal(s).

Gravesite Details Please note that the Bess "Family Stone", shown in the long shot of grave site, has Sgt.'s DoB listed as 16 Jul 1939

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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 5 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17309991
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Samuel Bess (21 Nov 1936–3 Nov 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17309991, citing White Oak AME Zion Cemetery, Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .