The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Bruno Baran, who died in the service of his country on March 15th, 1969 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Bruno was 23 years of age. He was from Chicago, Illinois. Bruno is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 29W, Line 42.
The decorations earned by PFC Bruno Baran include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Bruno is buried at St Adalberts Cemetery in Niles, IL
His obituary only mentioned a mother, Mary, and no siblings. His father was deceased. His mother lived at 2854 Ridgeway St, Chicago. Bruno was a 1965 graduate of Wells High School. He is buried at St. Adalberts Cemetery, Niles, IL. Bruno was born in Germany.
The picture was supplied by Betty Garcia, Registrar at Wells. Thanks Betty!
(Following from a childhood friend)
neighbor / friend / soldier
Dearest Bruno, Growing up with you as your neighbor in Chicago, I always thought of you as the most gentlest of friends. I could not imagine you as a warrior. The rest of our gang made it through the military and those tough times but you did not. As an only child your loss seemed more severe even for your friends. I think of you often, even to this day. Thank you for being a loyal and protective citizen. Thank you for your duty and sacrifice.