Michael Francis Bingham
PFC MICHAEL FRANCIS BINGHAM
25 Dec 2002
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,
16 Sep 2003As the tracers filled the sky my heart turned to sadness.
As we watched ever so helplessly our 3rd squad fought to last man.
The laughter we shared together ever so briefly lives eternally in my heart, my brother.
From a brother-in-arms,
June 20, 2014
I served with 1st squad, 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. The date of KIA approaches for members of our 3rd squad. The 3rd squad was wiped out on 'Ambush Purple' on June 28th, 1966.
SGT Price and I came over from Hawaii together as well as some other members of his squad, Harry Dyer, Carl Fell, Sgt Sheidt (RTO and FO from our mortar platoon), including some early replacements from February 1966. There were 12 men killed that night.
Once again as the anniversary date is near, the feeling of guilt is overwhelming.Thank you
On 28 June 1966 Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, lost twelve men in a firefight east of Bao Trai. They were:
PFC Bingham was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star. You can see his and the others names listed in the 25th Infantry Division's "Tropic Lightning News". In addition to his wife, he was survived by his parents Geraldine D and Marcus M Bingham, 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PFC Bingham is buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
- - The Virtual Wall, June 20, 2014
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