User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : Missouri Marine Among Those Honored At Quantico
Posted by Randy on 2014/5/5 3:33:53 (138 reads) News by the same author

(newstribune.com) - Nearly 44 years after 1st Lt. Bernard Plassmeyer’s plane went down in South Vietnam, the Westphalia native was among those honored April 25 at Marine Corps Base Quantico near Triangle, Va.
Click to see original Image in a new window

He was among 50 members of The Basic School’s Class 6-67 — the sixth graduating class of 1967 — to have their names etched on a monument. Plassmeyer was the class honor graduate out of nearly 500 in his class.

Plassmeyer’s brother, Norb Plassmeyer, was one of those attending the monument dedication as a guest of the Marine organizers​. Norb Plassmeyer, who has lived on the home farm at Westphalia since returning there in 1971 after a brief career in the aerospace industry, is a lobbyist in Jefferson City.​

​He​ said the service given to the country by the class of Marines​ at the time his brother was in it and since then has been “overwhelming.”

“Having the monument out there, it honors my brother, but it honors the whole class in a special way,” he said. “So it ​is a great thing that will inspire future Marines as they train for service.”

The monument’s inscription reads: “This monument is dedicated to the 498 officers of Basic Class 6-67, and their families and friends, whose lives were changed forever by the war in Vietnam. Forty-three men from our class were killed in Vietnam, one man was killed in Lebanon, and six lost their lives in training. Over 200 members of our class were wounded in combat.”

On Sept. 11, 1970, Bernard Plassmeyer was piloting an A-4E on a support mission near the A Shau Valley, Thua Thien Province. It appeared his plane was shot down by hostile groundfire. Evidence suggests he did not eject from the plane, which disintegrated upon impact.

He initially was listed as missing in action. In 1976, he was declared dead for lack of evidence to the contrary. His body has not been found.

Born in Westphalia, he attended St. Joseph Grade School and Fatima High School. He graduated from Parks College of Aeronautical Technology of St. Louis University with a degree in aeronautical engineering​ in 1966, and joined the Marine Corps in 1967. He had completed around 100 missions before his plane was shot down.

Donnie Shearer, retired gunnery sergeant and photographer of the image that was used on the memorial, fought in Vietnam while capturing photos of the conflict. At the dedication ceremony, he shared his perspective on the lieutenants of the class of​ 6-67.

“So many were killed within three to four months,” Shearer said. “It was open season on lieutenants and platoon commanders. It was horrible. These are the Marines of the past.”

The monument was completed after more than 100 financial contributions and two years of work.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/7/31 9:47:23 - Trenton Teen Injured In Accident Northeast Of Trenton
2014/7/31 9:44:23 - Water Treatment Process To Change In Trenton
2014/7/31 9:41:48 - Albany Woman Killed In Accident On Highway 136
2014/7/31 9:38:53 - Pilot Makes Emergency Landing At Trenton
2014/7/31 4:37:39 - Missouri Man Arrested For Photographs Of Babies, Toddlers Being Molested
2014/7/31 4:22:38 - Employees Turn Away Special Needs Children From Some Carnival Rides
2014/7/31 4:18:02 - Jail Escapee Caught Asleep On Sedalia Couch
2014/7/31 4:13:29 - Missouri Woman Who Poisoned Family Could Face Two Juries
2014/7/31 4:09:05 - Bicyclist Says Sunset Hills Mayor Swerved Car Into Him; Mayor Has Different Story
2014/7/31 4:04:20 - Kansas Girl Nearly Strangled By Utility Line
2014/7/30 8:51:06 - Today Is The Deadline For Absentee Ballot Requests
2014/7/30 8:49:03 - Trenton Residents To Receive Higher Electric Bills
2014/7/30 8:41:52 - Trenton Resident Charged With Possession Of Meth
2014/7/30 8:39:49 - Chillicothe Police Department Announces The Hiring Of New Officer
2014/7/30 8:36:56 - Smoke Testing To Resume In Trenton Today
2014/7/30 5:55:53 - Shelby Lowrey Of Laredo Crowned NCM Fair Queen
2014/7/30 4:48:50 - Work Crews Recover Nearly 700 Pound Drug Stash In Ravine Near St. Joseph
2014/7/30 4:21:30 - Computer Issues Prompt Different Phone Number For Veteran Rides In Trenton
2014/7/30 4:17:01 - North Central Missouri Fair Parade Winners
2014/7/30 4:10:49 - Mom Says Son Got Concussion On Worlds Of Fun Rollercoaster
2014/7/30 4:06:34 - Mom Arrested For Letting 7-Year-Old Son Walk To Park Alone
2014/7/30 4:00:00 - 2 Women Narrowly Escape Death On Indiana Railroad Bridge
2014/7/30 3:59:09 - Searchers Find Bodies Of Arkansas Man, Infant Son
2014/7/30 3:50:00 - Ticket Me Elmo? New York City Mulls Law For Impersonators
2014/7/29 10:34:19 - 21 Arrested In Southeast Missouri Drug Roundup
2014/7/29 9:13:53 - Trenton City Council Passes Alcohol Ordinance, Reduces Highway 65 Speed Limit
2014/7/29 7:36:39 - Chillicothe Arts Council Season Tickets On Sale
2014/7/29 7:30:24 - Eleven Vie For Title Of Calamity Jane Queen At Princeton
2014/7/29 7:26:18 - Princeton School Instructor Nominated For NCMC Board
2014/7/29 7:22:54 - Assistance For Veterans Set For August



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM