Michael Francis BinghamPrivate First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 27TH INF RGT, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
19 June 1945 - 28 June 1966
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The photo and following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987. The special supplement was issued in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.
"Mike was a kid with a lot of heart," Bingham's brother said. He weighed only 145 pounds and had two teeth knocked out the first day of football practice, but went on to become a starting player on Cardinal Dougherty High School's varsity team. After graduating in 1963, Bingham was a shipping clerk at Sears, Roebuck and Co. He was drafted into the Army in October 1965 and got married 15 days before joining Company A of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry in Viet Nam. Bingham loved children and wanted to work with retarded youngsters after he got out of the service. He gave Vietnamese children dolls and toy trucks sent by his wife. The private first class, a rifleman, died near Cu Chi, 20 miles northwest of Saigon in Hua Nghia Province, on June 28, 1966, nine days after his 21st birthday. He was survived by his wife, parents and a brother who was a Korean War veteran.
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
As the tracers filled the sky my heart turned to sadness.
From a brother-in-arms,
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a native Philadelphian and Viet Nam veteran,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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