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Michael James Le Boeuf

Michael James Le Boeuf was born on September 9, 1949 and joined the Armed Forces while in Lockport, La.

He served in the Army, and attained the rank of SGT/E5.

On October 23, 1970, at the age of 21, Michael James Le Boeuf perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Quang Tri.


Mike Le Boeuf died just about a month before I left Viet Nam, and 2 days
before I turned 21. We had just come in from the field, and everyone was
cleaning up. Most of the crews had completed doing maintenance on their
tracks. I was taking a shower, and didn't hear the shot. When I got back
to my hooch in the 3rd platoon area, everyone was looking out the door
toward the second platoon hooches. Someone was crying in anguish over
there, and I asked what had happened. Someone said that some guy in the
second platoon had been shot by accident. At first I thought the guy who
was bawling had been shot; it turns out that he was the guy who had
accidentally shot Mike Le Boeuf. Someone forgot to clear a .50 cal.
machine gun, and when the guy started to open it up to clean it, it went
off. I didn't see the body, but from what I heard, Mike didn't suffer.
Knowing that we were just about to DEROS, and that it had been a senseless
accident made it very hard to see Mike's body being carried out of the
hooch to the graves registration truck that came to pick him up. A few
years later when it was announced that all U.S. personnel had left Viet
Nam, and the NVA had taken over the south, I thought of Mike, even though
we were in different platoons and I really didn't know him well. What a
waste! He still had a whole lot of living to do. I drank a Memorial Day
toast to him today. May he rest in peace. [Jim Good]

The guy you said who died in an accidental shooting was that by a 50 cal.
round? I had been in country and at A Trp. since September when we were
cleaning weapons and we heard a shot. The third hooch down from mine (1st
Plt.) had some guys messing around and they did not know that a round was
still in the chamber and it discharged and killed a guy. I was a newbie was
did not know many guys then. But I remember the guy was about to go home.
Buddy Puryear, Track 12

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