Bean, James Francis


Rank: Private First Class

Unit: Howitzer Battery, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11C – Indirect Fire Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: Forward Observer attached to L Troop, 3/11 ACR

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 5-Oct-1946

Hometown: Garland, Texas

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 8-May-1966

Start of tour: 20-Oct-1966

Incident date: 21-Jul-1967

Date of casualty: 21-Jul-1967

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
James Francis Bean died as a result of a gunshot wound received while a passenger in a military convoy.

Fourteen Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
CPT William Forman Abernethy
PFC James Francis Bean
PFC John Joseph Campa
PFC Roosevelt C. Curley
SP4 Lawrence Michael Dawson
PFC George Arthur Foster
PVT Thomas Francis Ganion
PFC Douglas Wayne Hill
PFC Frank Daniel Leal
PFC Gary Alfred McLennan
PFC Billy Gene Rodgers
SP4 Richard James Schutz
1LT Ponder Ray Sims
PFC James Lemar Whitfield

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam, YT 430 308

Place of interment: Calvary Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Dallas, Texas, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 23E 098 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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