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WILLIAM B KIMBALL JR


is honored on Panel 56E, Line 10 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I was there...

    Posted on 5/6/15 - by Neil Hannan neilehannan2@gmail.com
    My name is Neil Hannan. I served with Lt. Kimball in Co. A 3/21 196th LIB and fought at Nhi Ha. In March/April of this year, I met with Major Tha, who commanded the NVA battalion with whom we fought on May 6, 1968, the day Lt. Kimball and eleven other comrades were killed. Major Tha showed to me a personal item that belongs to Lt. Kimball, asking that I seek out the family. He has kept it all these years. I have photos and video of this rare encounter with a former enemy. If you know how I can get in contact with a family member please email. By the way, it was on this date in 1968 that Lt. Kimball was killed in action. I was at Nhi Ha just weeks ago, where a May 6 memorial monument is under construction. On it is listed the names of the 55 NVA killed in that brief engagement.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/6/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear 2LT William B Kimball Jr, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/22/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    William is buried at New Calvary Cemetery, Sayreville,NJ. PH
  • Plt member

    Posted on 5/6/07 - by Stoney jstone10@alltel.net
    Lt Kimball came to our plt in Feb 68 and was killed at Nhi Ha on May 6, 1968. He stayed out in the paddy trying to call in Artillary. The NVA must have sneaked up on him and Bandy and killed both of them. They were both good brave men who died way too soon.
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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 3/17/06 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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The Wall of Faces

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