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Casualty was on July 10, 1967
Panel 23E - Line 44

Steve Victor Mylant
(picture courtesy of Rimantas Ray Saikus)

Cpl. Steve Victor Mylant served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Mike Company. He was Killed In Action July 10, 1967. His name stands proudly on the Mike 3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper Fidelis, Brother Marine. We will never forget.

Remembering Steve Mylant

Steve Mylant was my best friend at St Joseph High School and it is my honor and privilege to help perpetuate the honoring and remembrance of his and his family's sacrifice as well as of all who gave their all for our country.

Steve is remembered most fondly for the support he extended to his friends and respect he showed his opponents. He was a natural in all sports and a great competitor, a successful Golden Gloves boxer. Steve excelled in whatever he took on, he left an indelible mark on those he met, to the extent that two friends named their sons in his memory. In his youth he was a Boy Scouts and a local Boys Club. Steve was born in Cleveland and graduated from Immaculate Conception Grade School ( E 43rd and Superior Avenue) in 1960 and St. Joseph High School in 1964. He attended Bowling Green University, after one year Steve withdrew due to lack of finances and went to work at Barger Metal Fabricating Co., where his dad worked. His draft number was drawn and on March of 1966 he chose to serve with the Marines, continuing a tradition started by his father, who had served in Nicaragua with the Marines and with the Seabees during WWII.

Steve reported to his unit in Vietnam in November of 1966. He was first wounded on December 14, 1966 and he was on a hospital ship off the shores of Vietnam for three months. He went back to his unit and was wounded again on May 26 of 1967, but lightly and continued to serve. On June 2 he saw combat action in which he displayed exemplary heroism and saved two of his fellow Marines, and for which he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with V device. Steve's last act of selfless dedication to his fellow Marines and duty was when his patrol unit came under attack at a bridge by a larger North Vietnamese contingent, he was mortally wounded as he directed his squad members to pull back.

Steve earned the following military awards: Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for action on June 2, 1967; Purple Heart Medal with two gold stars for wounds received in action against the enemy on December 14th, 1966, May 26 and July 10, 1967; **Combat Action Ribbon for Service in Vietnam; Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star; **Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze campaign stars; **Republic of Vietnam Military Merit Medal; **Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm; **Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Color with palm and frame) ribbon bar; **Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Action Color with palm and frame) ribbon bar; **Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; **Rifle Marksman Badge. The awards marked by ** are presented to the family on this occasion.

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He is survived by his sister Carolyn Mylant Badger and brothers Richard, Joseph and Alan. He was close to and cherished by his cousins and friends. We are honored to deliver this expression of gratitude to Steve's family. Carolyn's son Geoffrey Badger is carrying the rich tradition of serving our country in the Marines, established by his uncle Steve and maternal grandfather. Geoffrey graduated from Ohio State University this June and had just been commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marines Reserve, with plans to pursue flight school.

Steve's is one of many special stories of service with honor, dignity and valor by those who served during the Vietnam War. This special tribute is also made in the honor and memory of all, the 3095 men and women from Ohio and over 58,000 across our nation, who died while in the service of our country during the Vietnam War and their families, for when we remember one of them and their family, all of them remain in our hearts and thoughts.

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Vietnam Veteran Sept 1968 – Sept 1969
173rd Airborne Brigade

Council Secretary
R. Ray Saikus, Ohio Delegate
Direct Tel. (216) 514-7001
Direct E-mail: rrs@equalhonor.org

March 29th Vietnam Veterans Day - Coalition of States Council
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