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From: Mary Benton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 05:57
Subject: My brother, SSGT Gregory R. Benton, Missing in Action in Vietnam
Since May 23, 1969, when my brother was reported MIA, I have been searching for answers and trying to find information that will help bring his remains home.
My brother was with Delta Co., l/9, 3rd Mar Div. On May 23, 1969, while his squad was on patrol, 2nd squad was ambushed which resulted in two dead Marines and one wounded. A medevac chopper from Mag-39 picked up the casualties that day. I am trying to find out who I can contact to get details of that flight. There is a discrepancy in the company time-line compared with the Command chronology and the After Action Report reference where my brother was reported MIA. It is extremely important for me to find out the time the medevac chopper arrived to pick up the dead and wounded.
I am working closely with an analyst from the Pentagon POW/MIA office on my brother's case and am trying to correlate a body to my brother that was found on a mountain around the time my brother went missing. Two Lao farmers found a body around the time my brother went missing but the body is approximately 1 kilo from the coordinates in the company investigation.
I believe the soldier the farmers found is my brother and so does analysts from the Defense Intelligence Agency.
The names of some of the crew members on that date who were on that medevac chopper are:
. Sgt. Charles E. Smith, USMC 2085417
. PFC Thomas E. Gentry 2273668
. LCpl Boesman, crew chief
The statement mentioned that it was in the Coconut Candy call sign which was 1st Battalion, 9th Marines.
I am now a 100% disabled veteran after joining the Army in 1976 to help find out what happened to my brother. For the past 40 years I have been the only one my brother has to help bring him home. I will never give up until I bring his remains back to Arlington and give him a place of honor and respect to rest in peace.
I would appreciate any help you may be able to give me.
Thank you from a proud sister of a Marine.
Mary Benton <email@example.com>