Hepner, Stephen Thomas, 2ndLt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0301-Basic Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 0302, 3rd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (3/9)/K Co
Service Years
1959 - 1967

Second Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
Arizona
Arizona
Year of Birth
1940
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Glendale
Last Address
Glendale

Casualty Date
Apr 30, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
19E 014

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1959, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)/B Co3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)Officer Candidate School (OCS) Support BnUSMC (United States Marine Corps)/Formal Schools
9th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (3/9)
  1960-1961, 0311, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)/B Co
  1961-1961, 0311, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)/B Co
  1961-1961, 0300, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/B Co
  1961-1962, 0369, 3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  1966-1966, 0301, Officer Candidate School (OCS) Support Bn
  1966-1966, 0321, Basic Recon Course
  1967-1967, 0302, 3rd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (3/9)/K Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1975 Vietnam War
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Battle of Khe Sanh (Hill Fights)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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Last Known Activity
The 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, had been in and out of Khe Sanh area several times during the spring of 1967, participating in the famous "Hill Fights" in the mountains surrounding Khe Sanh Combat Base. They were "in" during the latter part of April, and on 30 April lost 17 men in a bitter engagement with the North Vietnamese Army on the jungled slopes of Hill 881 South. 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines lost 27 more in the battle.

Two days later 3/9 had another loss - 2ndLt Stephen Hepner was shot and killed while leading his platoon in the area of the 30 April fight.

The 3/9 Marines were withdrawn from Khe Sanh shortly thereafter and became one of the forces used in Operation Hickory, the first US incursion into the Demilitarized Zone itself.
   
Comments/Citation
Stephen Thomas Hepner
Second Lieutenant
K CO, 3RD BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
13 February 1940 - 02 May 1967
Glendale, Arizona
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