USMC / KIA/BNR
|Barry Lee Hempel
Private First Class/US Marine Corps
|Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 13th Marines, 1st Marine Division
|Date of Birth:
|26 July 1947 (Phoenix, AZ)
|Home of Record:
|Garden Grove, CA
|Date of Loss:
|10 May 1968
|Country of Loss:
|152208N 1074541E (YC965009) Click coordinates to view maps
|Status in 1973:
|Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered
|Other Personnel in Incident:
H. Fleming; Thomas J. Blackman; Joseph F. Cook; Paul S. Czerwonka; Thomas
W. Fritsch; Barry
Raymond T. Heyne; Gerald E. King; Robert C. Lopez; William D. McGonigle;
Donald W.Mitchell; James R. Sargent
of USMC search team - all missing); Glenn
E. Miller; Thomas H. Perry (USSF teammembers - missing); Kham Duc: Richard
E. Sands(missing from CH47); Bernard L. Bucher; Frank M. Hepler; George
W. Long; John L. McElroy; Stephan C. Moreland (USAF crew of C130 - all
missing); Warren R. Orr (USSF on C130 - missing); Harry B. Coen; Andrew
J. Craven; Juan M. Jimenez; Frederick J. Ransbottom; Maurice H. Moore;
Joseph L. Simpson; William E.
Skivington; John C. Stuller; Imlay S. Widdison; Danny L. Widner; Roy C. Williams
(all missing); Julius W. Long (released POW).
IN THE BATTLE AT Kham Duc & NGOK TAVAK
|My name is J.R I went to Docs
page for some patriotic graphics. I started reading some of the stories
that were linked to his page and remembered the ones my father told me
from his service in the Vietnam war.
I wanted to sponser a POW/MIA so I went to Operatation Just Cause. That is where I adopted Barry. I realized that Barry was 20 years old when he became MIA and about a month short of being 21. I am 23 yrs old right now. Imagine everything he has missed, and he sacrificed it for us. I am still researching Barry and his time before entering the Marine Corps. I will post all updates until he is brought home.
I want to dedicate this page to Barry,
everyone in his unit and all members of the American Armed Forces
past, present and especially those who have gone to war for this great
country of ours.
I think we as Americans need to do as much as possible to bring home our fallen or imprisoned patriots. I believe they are all true heros. They deserve to be brought home to thier families, and either walk on top or be buried onthier own soil.
Please adopt an MIA and do your part to bring our Americans home. I have Barry Hempel's story below. He went MIA when he was 20 years old. In 1973 he was classified as KIA (killed in action).
It was the first day of his only tour in Vietnam. Barry was a member of a search party formed from his Marine unit to go find others. His unit went back to a known hot zone which they had just pulled out of to try and help pull out other soliders.
Please try to picture the chaos this story depicts and then envision what they went through. Even after doing that those of us that weren't there, or have never faced battle will never really know what our people went through and are going through now.
I just think its
time that everyone starts caring.
Check out J.R's Global Security Resource
This page was published on the Internet Dedicated To Barry Hempel, all
and Service Members.
28-May-01 Memorial Day 2001.