BREINER, STEPHEN EUGENE Name: Stephen Eugene Breiner Rank/Branch: E2/USMC Unit: 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division Date of Birth: 5 July 1947 Home City of Record: Decatur, IN (born Fort Wayne, IN) Date of Loss: 24 September 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): Died of Accidental Injury/Body not Recovered Category: 5 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1287 Other Personnel in Incident: none Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project and the P.O.W. NETWORK 2 April 1992 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: While attempting to cross the Bon River in the vicinity of Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, Private First Class Stephen Breiner was caught in the current and drowned. In recent years, the numbers of remains returned from Vietnam and excavated in Laos has increased dramatically. Government strategists happily point to this as "progress" on the POW/MIA issue, although most of these remains are still unidentified. Indeed, many families, having had independent studies of the remains to assure accurate identification, now have answers to long-awaited concerns about their loved ones. However, when remains are positively identified, the U.S. Government closes the books and the search for that missing man ends. Can we afford to close the books on an American who may be alive waiting for his country to bring him home? How many will serve in the next war knowing they may be abandoned? ---------------------------------------------------------From: "Girod, Sue" <email@example.com>
RE: MIA PFC Stephen Eugene Breiner, 9/24/1968
I have been reading many, many letters found on Loveletters.
I am the only surviving sibling of PFC Stephen Eugene Breiner who died a Marine in Vietnam on 24Sept1968 in Quang Name Province while crossing the Bon River.
If you know of anyone who has a bracelet with Stephen’s name on it. Would you please let me know. I never knew about these bracelets until today.
I have a bracelet with all the Indiana MIA’s from Vietnam, but never knew about the ones that were distributed during the 70’s.
Please share my email address with anyone who knows anything about my older brother.
Susan L. (Breiner) Girod