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RICHARD WAYNE SANDERS

  • Wall Name:RICHARD W SANDERS
  • Date of Birth:8/26/1944
  • Date of Casualty:10/1/1968
  • Home of Record:GOSHEN
  • County of Record:CLERMONT COUNTY
  • State:OH
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:42W, 59
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN

EDDIE LEE SIMMONS

  • Wall Name:EDDIE L SIMMONS
  • Date of Birth:7/16/1946
  • Date of Casualty:10/1/1968
  • Home of Record:ST STEPHEN
  • County of Record:BERKELEY COUNTY
  • State:SC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:42W, 60
  • Casualty Province:GIA DINH

WARD EUGENE SEE


is honored on Panel 42W, Line 58 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SGT Ward E. See

    Posted on 8/18/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On October 1, 1968, D Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry, was engaged in the vicinity of the Thien Phuoc Special Forces Camp in Quang Tin Province. During the fight, attempts to medevac their wounded were hampered by heavy enemy fire on the helicopters. One attempt, flown by WO1 Reinis Fox from the 54th Medical Detachment, 498th Medical Company, resulted in a downed helicopter. Fox and his crew were picked up and volunteered to try again. On his second attempt, with the help of supporting gunships, he succeeded in landing his aircraft and remained on the ground long enough for nine of the casualties to be loaded on to the aircraft. Once airborne, his aircraft continued to receive hostile fire and sustained several hits, putting it into a tailspin and causing it to crash land. Upon impact, the aircraft burst into flames. Three wounded were recovered from the downed Huey, but the bodies of the dead could not be recovered at the time. As the day wore on the US soldiers were required to pull back, taking their wounded but unable to recover their dead from the ground action. U.S. forces later reentered the area and recovered all their dead, 16 men total. Two more died of wounds incurred in the action. Fox, who was seriously burned over a large portion of his body, was evacuated to the 106th General Hospital in Japan where he died on October 7th. The medevac helicopter loss is known to have resulted in eleven deaths. The three air crewmen included pilot WO Reinis Fox, crew chief PFC Calvin E. McGilton, and flight medic SP4 Richard W. Sanders. The lost passengers were SGT Robert F. Asher, SGT Ward E. See, CPL Timothy G. Arens, CPL Frank A. Baggett, CPL Lemuel Johnson, CPL Bernard J. Uhren, PFC Charles A. Branch, and PFC Jose D. Melendez-Gonzalez. Seven other men died in the fighting on the ground. Their names are 1LT Ronald D. Brown, SGT Robert J. Davis, SGT Frederick H. Flynn, CPL Gary W. Brown, CPL John W. Dingus, CPL Eugene R. Suarez, and PFC Richard B. Clements. As noted above, Fox reportedly loaded nine wounded men aboard, but only eight can be identified. All eleven men aboard the helicopter died from burns received in the crash. CPL Gary W. Brown is not coded as a helicopter-related death, but he alone among the ground casualties died of burns. It is possible that he was the ninth wounded passenger, if there were indeed nine men loaded aboard. [Taken from virtualwall.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/23/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Ward Eugene See, 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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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/5/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Ward is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Mexico, IN. BSM PH
  • 1/46th Inf, 198th/196th Bde. Americal "The Professionals"

    Posted on 2/13/01 - by Veterans, 1st Bn. 46th Inf. 198/196 Bdes. Americal
    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop that steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-laden bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step on over to the other side. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest in peace, brother.

    Ward Eugene See was a member of Delta Company, First Battalion, 46th Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. He is honored here by the veterans of 1/46th.

    The 1/46 came in-country by ship on October 4, 1967 as part of the 198th Light Infantry Brigade. The 198th became part of the Americal Division. After one month of orientation at Duc Pho, the battalion was deployed north of Chu Lai and patrolled from Hill 54, Hill 69 and LZ Baldy in Quang Tin Province. In March of 1969, the battalion moved to LZ Professional, in the mountains southwest of Tien Phuoc, Quang Tin Province, to relieve a battered 1/52nd Infantry of the 198th. In July of 1969, the battalion, which had been operating under operational control of the 196th LIB of the Americal, became a permanent member of that brigade. The battalion operated from LZ Professional until August of 1970. In February of 1970, the battalion established a temporary firebase at LZ Mary Ann, at a remote mountain site near Hau Duc, Quang Tin Province. The battalion returned to Mary Ann in the summer of 1970 and operated from there and LZ Young, between Tien Phuoc and Tam Ky, during 1970 and 1971. The battalion left Mary Ann in April of 1971 when the Americal Division was deactivated and the 196th Brigade reverted to its status as an independent brigade and deployed at Danang, to provide security for the port. The 1/46th left Vietnam in June, 1972. 232 names on this wall, approximately half the battalion's actual field strength at any given time in Vietnam, were members of 1/46th, or died while deployed with us.
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