Name: Steven Henry Bennefeld
Rank/Branch: United States Marine Corps/E3
Unit: G/2/9/3 MAR DIV
Date of Birth: 24 December 1947,  Girard, KS
Home City of Record: GIRARD KS
Date of Loss: 29 July 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 165647 North  1065736 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0775

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. Updated with information provided through Chuck
Hoagland.      2020.


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The Girard Press (Girard, Kansas)
Special Edition, April 13 thru 19th
"The Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial"

Girard's Bennefeld family reflects on lost son

By: John Spurling

One of Girard's own, PFC Steven Bennefeld's name is on The Vietnam Wall.
Bennefeld was possibly killed by enemy gun fire in the vicinity of Quang
Tri, The Republic of Vietnam.  His body was never recovered.  His name is on
the memorial located on panel 24 east line number 15.....

The Morning Sun
Pittsburg, Kansas
April 11, 1994

In addition to Steven Bennefeld, there are other Crawford County families
sharing the same kind of loss as the Bennefelds.

Those Crawford County Vietnam veterans who lost their lives, in addition to
Steve, include Daniel Scott Mueller, HM-3, Maj. Walter W. Martin, Cpl.
Michael J. Sullivan, Sgt. Derrel K. Dickey and John P. McDermott, BM-2.

Bennefelds say Vietnam memories hard to forget
Girard family lost son in Vietnam

By NEAL McCHRISTY Morning Sun Staff Writer

The letter has the faded blue figures of Marines raising the flag at Iwo
Jima in one corner. Scrawled across the paper, a 10 year-old Marine wrote
his parents in Girard:....

The Morning Sun
Pittsburg, Kansas
April 18th, 1994

Classmates remember Bennefeld

Some cling to hope that Girard native  somehow still alive

Morning Sun Family Living Editor

GIRARD - It was one of the saddest class reunions in history as members of
the Girard High School class of 1966 gathered Sunday at the Moving Wall in
Girard to honor classmate Steven Bennefeld....




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On July 29, 1967, a company of U.S. Marines engaged in a firefight with enemy troops in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Two Marines were killed by enemy small arms fire during this action. Due to the combat situation, the bodies of the two Marines had to be left behind.

Private First Class Steven Henry Bennefeld, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Kansas, served with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. He was one of the Marines killed in the battle whose remains could not be recovered, and further attempts to locate them have been unsuccessful. Today, Private First Class Bennefeld is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  

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