Barry Daniel MurphySpecialist Five
CCS, MACV-SOG, 5TH SF GRP
Army of the United States
07 January 1947 - 18 March 1969
Cutler Ridge, Florida
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The database page for Barry Daniel Murphy
I found this poem he wrote before he left for Vietnam many years ago.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallTwo Special Forces troops were killed in action on 18 March 1969 - SFC Margarito Fernandez and then-SP4 Barry Murphy. Some reports connect the two men; others do not.
The POW Network biography for SP5 Murphy says
"On March 18, SP4 Murphy was serving as the assistant team leader of a 10 man team which had been inserted by helicopter on a reconnaissance mission in Kampong Cham Province, located in south central Cambodia. Soon after leaving the helicopter and moving on to the objective, the team was ambushed by an unknown size enemy force.The MACV-SOG website contains the following entry
"18 Mar 69; Margarito Fernandez, Jr, SFC E-7 and Barry Daniel Murphy, SGT E-5 and Four Special Commandos KIA CCS; Ban Me Thuot, Ops 35 in Cambodia performing a Bomb damage Assessment. SFC Franandez remains recovered, SGT Murphy Remains not recovered. Killed in the 'Fish Hook' area in support of Operation Breakfast [B-52 strikes in SVN/Cambodia border areas] when the team became engaged with a superior enemy force."The Special Forces casualty list has the following entries for SFC Franandez and SP5 Murphy:
However, the POW Network and MACV-SOG website reports that Murphy was involved in a recon operation in Cambodia are strengthened by the Army records. The recon teams commonly were composed of two or three Americans and 6 to 8 indigenous troops; that four or five men were killed and not recovered isn't unbelievable since the indigenous troops would not appear in the American casualty lists.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009