Bern, Harold Stanley, LCpl

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Lance Corporal
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1967-1967, 0311, I Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Lance Corporal


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Powers, Or.

Casualty Date
Sep 06, 1967
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Powers Cemetery - Powers, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 26E Line 006

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 Unit Assignments
III MAFI Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5)
  1967-1967, 0311, III MAF
  1967-1967, 0311, I Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (3/5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Swift
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UTM grid reference is BT121323

A Note from The Virtual Wall Shortly before dawn on 04 Sep 1967 NVA and VC troops attacked US Marines in the Que Son Valley, beginning Operation Swift. As the battle escalated, both sides introduced additional forces. On 6 September two battalions of the 1st VC Regiment attacked the lead company of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. Bravo Company was isolated and nearly overrun before artillery-delivered tear gas drove the enemy back. The nearby 3rd Battalion was heavily engaged a few hours later. When India 3/5 was dispatched to attack an enemy held hill, it was isolated and nearly overrun by the 1st VC Regiment's previously uncommitted 3rd Battalion. Kilo 3/5 was sent to relieve India and, though it eventually fought through, the two-company force couldn't move because of the many casualties. That night, two assaults were repulsed. In a night attack of their own Mike 3/5 broke through to the encircled companies, completing the disruption of the enemy force. By dawn on the 7th the NVA/VC had withdrawn into the surrounding mountains. The following men from India and Kilo 3/5 died in the fight for Hill 43: I Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marines SSgt Richard B. Jackson, Philadelphia, PA Cpl William R. France, Garfield Heights, OH Cpl Dale A. Gunnell, Winston-Salem, NC LCpl Harold S. Bern, Powers, OR LCpl Richard W. Crawford, Wallkill, NY LCpl Sam T. Curiel, Abilene, TX LCpl Patrick Herron, Sugar Notch, PA LCpl Joseph S. Hume, Hamilton, OH LCpl Reginald A. Jordan, Philadelphia, PA LCpl Michael L. Langerio, Hershey, PA LCpl George S. Spak, Akron, OH LCpl Gregory L. Yeager, St Paul, MN Pfc Robert D. Evans, Grand Prairie, TX Pfc Jerry H. Heizer, Staunton, VA Pfc Gary E. Hibbard, Dimock, PA Pfc James B. Miller, Fernandina Beach, FL Pfc James T. Pepper, Elk River, MN Pfc Lewis H. Proudfoot, Elverson, PA Pfc Jerry C. Royal, Oklahoma City, OK Pfc Robert W. Swafford, O'Fallon, MO Pfc Frank L. Swinford, Sweeny, TX Pfc Jerry L. Thomas, Sherman, TX Pfc Ralph P. Villegas, San Pedro, CA Pfc Robert C. Wallace, Plattsburgh, NY Operation Swift continued through 15 Sep 1967 as the Marines and an ARVN force pursued the withdrawing VC. On termination, one hundred twenty-eight US Marines and sailors were dead. The intensity of the fighting can be judged by the fact that three Medals of Honor and three Navy Crosses were awarded posthumously to Marines and sailors who died in the battle.
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