on Feb. 21, 1948
From ABILENE, TEXAS
Casualty was on Sept. 3, 1968
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
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(left) and Banyon Ford on the USS Sanctuary hospital ship, June '68
courtesy of Banyon Ford)
Antonio Benavid Hernandez served with the 3rd Battalion,
5th Marines, India Company, 3rd platoon. He was Killed In Action during
Operation MAMELUKE THRUST. His name stands proudly on the India
3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.
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Ford (left) and Antonio Hernandez on the USS Sanctuary hospital
ship, June 1968
(Pictures courtesy of Banyon Ford)
and my husband Banyon Ford served in the same platoon in VietNam.
They were both wounded and recovered on the same hospital ship together.
They both returned to combat but Hernandez did not return home to
be with his family. Banyon has shared his pictures with others that
he has of you and your name has been spoken many times in my home.
It has been an honor to know who you were. Semper Fi Marine.....forever
you will be remembered...~Banyon and Karen Ford
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Hernandez after returning to 3rd plt. India Co. sometime in July
or August 1968
(Picture courtesy of Banyon Ford)
dug holes, built shelters and fought next to you. You told me your
dreams, I told you mine. I carried your tags for years after. A day
never passes that I don't remember, bro. Go with God.~Terry
was very young when my brother joined the Marines and went over to
Viet Nam. He DIED Sept. 3, 1968. I would like for anyone that knew
him or were with him when he died to tell me all they know about him.
If there is anyone out there that knows anything at all, please contact
me. By the way, for all those that lost a loved one in VIET NAM, I
do understand how you feel. Just remember there are a lot of us feeling
the same way.~Lewis Hernandez