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WILLIAM HOWARD BARKSDALE


is honored on Panel 29W, Line 4 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembered

    Posted on 11/16/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SERGEANT BARKSDALE,
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. WATCH OVER OUR NATION. VETERANS' DAY JUST PASSED - SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER AND HONOR ALL OF YOU. THANKSGIVING IS APPROACHING. WE GIVE THANKS FOR YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 3/11/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    William Howard Barksdale
    Date of birth: January 6, 1948
    Date of death: March 11, 1969
    Home of record: Fyffe Alabama
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Silver Star
    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant William Howard Barksdale (ASN: US-53844419), United States Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Barksdale distinguished himself while serving as a Squad Leader with Company B, 3d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. On 11 March 1969, Company C of the same battalion came in contact with a numerically superior enemy force. Sergeant Barksdale's unit was called upon to reinforce the friendly forces. Immediately upon his arrival in the landing zone, his squad came under heavy sniper fire. Realizing the poor position his men were in, Sergeant Barksdale led them to the most favorable positions, directing their fire and encouraging them the whole time. On numerous occasions he exposed himself to the enemy to more effectively engage them. While firing on the enemy he was mortally wounded by hostile sniper fire. Sergeant Barksdale's outstanding leadership, determination and exemplary devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
    General Orders: Headquarters, 4th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 1246 (April 19, 1969)

    Action Date: March 11, 1969

    Service: Army

    Rank: Sergeant

    Company: Company B

    Battalion: 3d Battalion

    Regiment: 12th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 4th Infantry Division
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/12/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SGT William Howard Barksdale, 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.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • I Remember always

    Posted on 4/15/09 - by Suzie
    Beaver,
    I will always remember you with a warm heart and fond memories. You were my best friend since our 1st day of school together.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/22/07 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    William is buried at Mountain View Mem Cem,Dekalb Co,AL. SS PH
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