Marlin Edwin BembenekSpecialist Five
B CO, 4TH BN, 23RD INF RGT, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
02 January 1942 - 27 October 1966
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The database page for Marlin Edwin Bembenek
27 Oct 2005
It is hard to believe that it is 39 years ago today that you were taken from us. You are still in our hearts and we think of you often. Especially so this summer.
I went to Florida and met John Gagne who was with you the day you died. It was very special to meet John and his wife, Rita, because John sent me two items he had engraved for you last spring - a silver cup and a bracelet. I wear the bracelet all the time because you feel closer when I have it on.
Then I went to Minnesota and crashed your high school class reunion. The first thing that happened when I arrived was people told me they had been talking about you. In fact they had collected $200 to purchase a stone and have it engraved for you and mounted in a memorial in Arlington. Everyone I talked to mentioned your name. Some people that I didn't even know told me that you had been a good friend of theirs.
I was impressed and even blown away to know that your classmates were still talking about you even though it has been 45 years since graduation.
With much love, Jan
04 Mar 2006
I missed your birthday this year. I thought about you on your birthday, but didn't get on the internet that day. I did call Mom and we talked about you. I am writing you on Kevin's birthday.
I believe Kevin came into our family to ease the pain of losing you. I only wish he had come earlier so the two of you could have gotten to know each other better. He has some of your mannerisms and he walks a lot like you. And he loves the farm and the outdoor life just like you always did.
I started a new job a couple months ago. I am a fitness specialist in a medical insurance company. It is part time and I love it. The reason I am telling you this is because one of the employees there had me in tears yesterday. She is a young woman and she saw the bracelet that John Gagne had engraved for you and then gave to me. She asked about it and then asked about you.
It was really a joy to be able to tell her what everything on the bracelet meant. But when she asked about you, I kept getting more and more teary eyed. It is hard to believe that nearly 40 years later I still can't keep from crying when I talk about or even sometimes think about you. They say that time heals. It doesn't! It just helps a little.
Well, Happy Birthday to you and to Kevin.
From his sister,
The Faces Behind the Names
is the title of a series published as "a one-man self-publishing endeavor" by a former Naval officer, Don Ward, who characterises it as follows:
In Volume I, Jan Barosh remembers her brother:
Rememberedby his sister
Vernette Bembenek Mehlhop
A Note from The Virtual WallAlthough officially assigned to HQ Company, 4/23rd Infantry, SP5 Marlin E. Bembenek was in the field with "B" Company at the time of his death. Bravo 4/23 lost another soldier on 27 Oct 1966, SSG Michael Rand of New York City, NY. Staff Sergeant Rand died of wounds; The Virtual Wall is unable to determine if he was involved in the same action as Specialist 5 Bembenek or was wounded in a different incident.
Medics on the Wall
memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 03/12/2006