Benoit, Francis Arthur, HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1966-1967, HM-8404, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1965 - 1967
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Red Lake Falls
Last Address
Red Lake Falls

Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Josephs Cemetery - Red Lake Falls, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16E 088

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 106
 Duty Stations
9th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/9)3rd Marine Division3rd Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1966-1967, HM-8404, 9th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn (2/9)
  1966-1967, HM-8404, 3rd Marine Division
  1966-1967, HM-8404, 3rd Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF)
  1966-1967, HM-8404, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Hospitalman Third Class, U.S. Navy
Corpsman (Attached), Company E, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
Date of Action: March 16, 1967


Location on Vietnam Memorial Wall 16E 68
   
Comments/Citation
Hospitalman Third Class, U.S. Navy
Corpsman (Attached), Company E, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
Date of Action: March 16, 1967

Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Francis Arthur Benoit, Hospitalman Third Class, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 16 March 1967 while serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam. While returning to the Company Command Post from a night platoon patrol base, Petty Officer Benoit's platoon was suddenly attacked by an enemy force employing small arms, automatic weapons, and hand grenades. Observing several wounded men, Petty Officer Benoit rushed forward into the intense enemy fire to administer medical aid, but was wounded, himself, by a hand grenade before reaching the casualties. Stunned and temporarily unable to move, he waited for the wounded to be brought to him, and then quickly and competently rendered medical assistance while exposed to enemy fire. After the attack had subsided and the wounded had been put aboard an evacuation helicopter, he refused to be evacuated and thus leave the platoon without a Corpsman. When the second helicopter came in, the landing zone was hit by enemy mortar fire, inflicting additional casualties. Petty Officer Benoit again stayed behind to treat the wounded. He was helping the last wounded man into the third helicopter, before boarding himself, when he was fatally wounded by an enemy mortar round. By his technical skill, courage and inspiring devotion to duty, Petty Officer Benoit undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his fallen comrades. His heroic actions were in the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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