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Captain David Leverett Leet, Somers, Wisconsin
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SSG James VanBendegom, Kenohsa, WI – Final Homecoming.
November 9, 2014
Today, in Kenosha, WI we welcomed home one of our own. A fallen soldier of the Vietnam War, who has remained missing for 47 years. Today, the remains of Sgt. James Lee Van Bendegom return home to be buried and to be honored as a true American Hero.
On July 12, 1967, SP4 Martin S. Frank, PFC Nathan B. Henry, Sgt. Cordine McMurray, PFC Stanley A. Newell, PFC Richard R. Perricone, SP4 James F. Schiele and PFC James L. Van Bendegom, all members of Company B, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, were conducting a search and destroy mission along the Cambodian border when their position was overrun by the Viet Cong. With the exception of Schiele, all the men were captured. The U.S. Army notes that Schiele and Van Bendegom were captured by the North Vietnamese, while the others, apparently, were captured by Viet Cong
PFC Van Bendegom was also wounded in the engagement, and was seen alive by other Americans captured in the same battle about one week after his capture at a communist field hospital in Cambodia, not far from his capture location. One of the released Americans was later told by the commanding North Vietnamese officer at his prison camp in Cambodia that SP4 Van Bendegom had died of his wounds. Van Bendegom was categorized as a Prisoner of War. His remains were identified by DNA testing in 2014, 47 years after he was listed at MIA.
He was posthumously promoted to Sergeant while missing in action.
Above paragraph by Randolph Stricland VFW Post 7308
- Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
- Vietnam (PMSEA)
- Report for WISCONSIN
- (Accounted For – Identified Since 1973)
|Remains ID Date||Name||Rank/Rate||Military Service||Service Number||Unit||Date of Loss||Conflict Era Status||Country of Return||Country of Casualty||Case Profile|
|6/6/00||ALLARD, MICHAEL JOHN||O3||NAVY||657393||VA 153 USS CORAL SEA CVA 43||8/30/67||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||VIETNAM||North Vietnam||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000sPLzUEAW|
|8/23/12||ALLEN, MERLIN RAYE||LCpl||MARINE CORPS||2163227||–||6/30/67||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||VIETNAM||South Vietnam||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000oW60cEAC|
|11/1/96||BILLIPP, NORMAN KARL||O3||MARINE CORPS||94392||VMO-6 MAG39 1MAW||5/6/69||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||LAOS||Laos||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000qQS4MEAW|
|3/30/05||BLACKMAN, THOMAS JOSEPH||E2||MARINE CORPS||2398632||D BTRY 2 BN 13 RGT 1 MARDIV||5/10/68||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||VIETNAM||South Vietnam||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000tokraEAA|
|10/25/77||DAWSON, CLYDE DUANE||Maj||AIR FORCE||45585||–||3/23/66||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||VIETNAM||North Vietnam||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000sxxItEAI|
|10/2/95||FELLENZ, CHARLES RICHARD||CMSgt||AIR FORCE||16631045||–||–||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||LAOS||–||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000sjb0BEAQ|
|9/4/07||FISCHER, RICHARD WILLIAM||E3||MARINE CORPS||2319998||M CO 3BN 5MAR 1DIV||1/8/68||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||VIETNAM||South Vietnam||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000oyVFEEA2|
|2/19/99||HARTZHEIM, JOHN FRANCIS||PO2||NAVY||9177856||–||2/27/68||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||LAOS||Laos||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000tnW7qEAE|
|3/30/05||HEYNE, RAYMOND THOMAS||E3||MARINE CORPS||2260312||D BTRY 2 BN 13 RGT 1 MARDIV||5/10/68||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||VIETNAM||South Vietnam||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000toktHEAQ|
|10/27/95||MELTON, TODD MICHAEL||SSgt||AIR FORCE||68068656||–||–||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||LAOS||–||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000vCGroEAG|
|1/27/15||RICHARDSON, DALE WAYNE||MAJ||ARMY||5419897||CO D 2BN 34 AR 25 INF DIV||5/2/70||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||CAMBODIA||–||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000oCQuuEAG|
|11/22/04||TYCZ, JAMES NEIL||Sgt||MARINE CORPS||2082767||–||5/10/67||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||VIETNAM||South Vietnam||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000w1LKhEAM|
|8/26/14||VAN BENDEGOM, JAMES LEE||SSG||ARMY||56456268||CO B 1BN 12 INF 4 INF DIV||7/12/67||ACCOUNTED FOR – PREVIOUSLY|
MISSING, KILLED or CAPTIVE
|3/23/76||VOLLMER, VALENTINE BERNARD||SP4||ARMY||RA16965544||2/16/68||RESOLVED, PREVIOUSLY MISSING||VIETNAM||South Vietnam||https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000tdLhBEAU|
|This list was prepared by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).|
|Please visit our web site at https://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Vietnam-War/Vietnam-War-POW-MIA-List/ for updates to this list and otherofficial missing personnel data lists.|