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WILLIAM LEANDER DEAL


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 15 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 4/19/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Sgt William Deal,
    Thank you for your service as an OH-58 Helicopter Repairman. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 9/21/17 - by Susan Frambes frambess@yahoo.com
    Thank you, Sgt. Deal, for your service. I found out today that there is a street named in your honor here in your hometown, Mays Landing, New Jersey.
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  • Final Mission of SGT William L. Deal

    Posted on 6/18/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SGT William L. Deal was a helicopter mechanic assigned to the Utility Tactical Transport Company (UTT) Helicopter Company, 145th Aviation Battalion, U.S. Army Support Group Vietnam, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Vietnam (MAAGV). On January 3, 1963, SGT Deal’s unit was providing airlift support for ARVN units engaged in the Battle of Ap Bac which took place in Kien Tuong Province, RVN, about 35 mile southwest of Saigon. SGT Deal was the crew chief on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B (tail number 62-01882) during the battle. While entering the battle zone, the aircraft was shot down after coming under hostile small arms fire. SGT Deal was fatally wounded in the incident. The pilot and co-pilot survived the attack. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/16/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT William Leander Deal, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Big Viet Battle; 3 Americans Die, Stars and Stripes, January 4, 1963

    Posted on 12/15/10 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SAIGON (UPI) – A U.S. Army captain and two sergeants were killed Wednesday during a furious battle in which communist gunners shot down five American helicopters in the Plain of Reeds south of Saigon. Their deaths raised to 30 the number of Americans killed in action since the United States began aiding the Republic of Vietnam in its war with communist rebels. The Army captain was hit while serving as an advisor to a Vietnamese Army battalion taking part in an assault. He was hit in the chest and neck by a burst of automatic weapons fire while helping lead the attack. He was flown back to the airfield here by helicopters but died while undergoing emergency treatment. “He was one of the best we had,” said one comrade of the unidentified captain. “Like most battalion advisors he was out front trying to help move them on when he got it.”
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