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Named Vietnam War Medal Grouping to a KIA - 5th Special Forces Group (SFG), Detachment A-109

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    Hi All,
    I thought I would share with you my recently acquired medal grouping. Two nights ago, a gentleman contacted me via an ad I put up on Craigslist for militaria wanted. He mentioned he had a WWII Purple Heart, a Bronze Star as well as some other medals that he was looking to sell.

    After speaking with him over the phone, I was surprised to find that the medals were named. The gentlemen found them while cleaning out the house of someone who recently passed away (possible family member of the soldier).

    We planned to meet yesterday so I could take a look at the medals and make an offer, which we did and I was able to purchase the group. However, the night prior, I decided to begin some research and found that the soldier actually served during Vietnam, not WWII, and was in the 5th SFG. Sadly, he was KIA during his service (which I had already expected considering the medals were engraved).

    This is a first of many for me; first officially engraved medals to a KIA, first Bronze Star, first of any items linked to a soldier in SFG. I've turned up a lot of information from my online research and just sent away to NPRC for his service records. I also plan on obtaining replacements for the medals and awards he would have earned so I can put together a display.

    Needless to say, I am proud to be the new custodian to the medal grouping of Barry Jason Goodman, who died while in service to the US…


    MEMBER NAME - GOODMAN BARRY JASON
    MEMBER'S GENDER - Male
    MEMBER BIRTHDATE - 2/15/1944
    HOME OF RECORD COUNTRY CODE - GERMANY
    HOME STATE OF RECORD - NEW JERSEY/MONTANA/NEW HAMPSHIRE
    CITIZEN CODE - U.S.
    RELIGION CODE - JUDAISM (JEWISH)
    RACE NAME - WHITE
    MARITAL STATUS NAME - NEVER MARRIED
    SERVICE # - 10816787
    CATEGORY OF PERSONNEL - Active Duty Army
    MILITARY CLASSIFICATION - ENLISTED PERSONNEL
    MEMBER OCCUPATION NAME - 11B - INFANTRYMAN
    SERVICE OCCUPATIONAL CODE - LIGHT WEAPONS INFANTRY (ARMY)
    MILITARY GRADE - SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS
    MAJOR ORGANIZATION - SPECIAL FORCES/AIRBORNE
    REGIMENT, ROAD - 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP
    COMPANY/BATTERY/TROOP OR SIMILAR LEVEL UNIT - DET A-109
    WAR OR CONFLICT CODE - VIETNAM CONFLICT
    DATE TOUR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA BEGAN - 3/31/1966
    LENGTH OF SERVICE - 2
    DATE OF SERVICE WITH DET A-109 - 1/1/1967
    DATE OF DEATH or DATE DECLARED DEAD - 2/13/1967
    TYPE OF CASUALTY - HOSTILE - KILLED
    CASUALTY REASON - MULTI-FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
    CASUALTY INCIDENT - STEPPED ON COMMAND DETONATED MINE
    OPERATION/INCIDENT TYPE CODE - COMBAT
    COUNTRY OF CASUALTY - REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM (SOUTH VIETNAM)
    CASUALTY STATE OR PROVINCE CODE - VIETNAM CONFLICT MILITARY ZONE 3
    CASUALTY CITY - TAY NINH
    REMAINS RECOVERED - BODY REMAINS RECOVERED
    CASUALTY CLOSURE NAME - BURIED - BEVERLY NATIONAL CEMETERY(NJ)
    BURIAL LOCATION - SECTION J SITE 877
    VIETNAM WALL ROW AND PANEL INDICATOR - 15E 024
    AWARDS/CITATIONS - PURPLE HEART, BRONZE STAR, GOOD CONDUCT, VIETNAM SERVICE, VIETNAM CAMPAIGN, NATIONAL DEFENSE, VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS, VIETNAM JUMP WINGS, PARACHUTIST (BASIC), COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE


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    First up is a photo I found in an online memorial. Barry, as identified in the photo, is front row, center. Wolfram Bischoff, also pictured, was killed with Barry when the mine detonated.

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    Presentation Boxes

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    1967 Dated National Defense Medal

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    Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross

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    Slot brooch Bronze Star with Valor Device

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    Slot brooch Purple Heart

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    Glad they have found a home with someone that cares.
    SteveR

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    Quote by SteveR View Post
    Glad they have found a home with someone that cares.
    Thanks, Steve.

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    Great that you have found a photo of the man.

    Like SteveR says above, it's good that these medals are now
    in your care and will be well looked after.

    I wonder if it is possible to post a photo of the medal
    group on the memorial site ?
    Regards,


    Steve.

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