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
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
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
still in the chamber and it discharged and killed a guy. I was a newbie
did not know many guys then. But I remember the guy was about to go home.
Buddy Puryear, Track 12