Stephenson, Bruce Donald


Rank: Sergeant

Unit: Howitzer Battery, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 13E – Cannon Fire Direction Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: Forward Observer attached to G Troop, 2/11 ACR

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 14-Sep-1951

Hometown: Santa Clara, California

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 25-Sep-1969

Start of tour: 1-Sep-1970

Incident date: 24-Apr-1971

Date of casualty: 24-Apr-1971

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Bruce Donald Stephenson was killed while on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / On reconnaissance by fire mission.  Engaged enemy after hostile ambush.  Hit by rocket propelled granade (RPG).

Four Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 Bennie Ray Hively
SP4 Stephen Alan Spencer
SGT Bruce Donald Stephenson
SP4 Hilbert Walter Teeter

Location of fatality: Hua Nghia, South Vietnam, XT 618 256

Place of interment: Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, California, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 03W 010 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)