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WILLIAM WARREN BREECE JR


is honored on Panel 37W, Line 45 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Thank You

    Posted on 6/27/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear WO Breece,
    Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot with the 1st Cavalry. Mike was 1st Cav, say hi to him. Independence Day is approaching, and it is 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 courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 12/5/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    William Warren Breece , Jr.
    Date of birth: May 3, 1948
    Date of death: December 5, 1968
    Home of record: Morrisville Pennsylvania
    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 Warrant Officer (W-1) William Warren Breece, Jr. (ASN: W-3161836), United States Army, for gallantry in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force while serving with Troop A, 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade, in the Republic of Vietnam on 5 December 1968. Warrant Officer Breece distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as pilot of an OH-6A light observation helicopter on a search and destroy operation in support of friendly ground forces east of Rach Gia. Intelligence information indicated that a squad sized enemy unit had earlier retreated toward an open field to the north and the friendly ground forces formed a line to make a complete sweep of the area. He was searching the area ahead of the advancing ground troops when he received enemy automatic weapons fire which severely wounded him in the arm and shoulder. Warrant Officer Breece, though badly wounded and with the knowledge of the extremely dangerous position of the friendly ground troops, attacked the insurgents with min-gun fire. He received word that enemy fire was still being directed at the ground troops. Although bleeding profusely and fully realizing the danger involved, he initiated another attack on the enemy emplacement, at which time he was again struck by an enemy round which mortally wounded him. Through Warrant Officer Breece's quick thinking, aggressive action, and extraordinary heroism in close combat against a numerically superior hostile force, many friendly lives were saved. His actions 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, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 8469 (December 26, 1968)

    Action Date: December 5, 1968

    Service: Army

    Rank: Warrant Officer

    Company: Troop A

    Battalion: 7th Squadron

    Regiment: 1st Air Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade
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  • A BOYHOOD FRIEND I AM PROUD OF.

    Posted on 11/30/16 - by Charles c Benkert lll
    ONE OF THE LAST TIMES I SAW BILL HE WAS IN FRONT OF MY HOME AT THE TOP OF COLLEGE AVE IN YARDLEY, PA. WE HAD SPENT THE DAY SLIDING IN THE SNOW AT THE 17TH HOLE ON THE YARDLEY GOLF COURSE. BILL HAD GOTTEN A WOODEN TOBOGGAN AND WE HAD A GREAT TIME. DURING THE DAY HE TAKLED ABOUT HIS JOINING THE ARMY TO BE A HELICOPTER PILOT. HE WAS PROUD HE HAD BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS AND TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE WAS ALMOST A 100% SURE HE WAS GOING TO VIET NAM. I ASKED HIM HOW HE WAS DEALING WITH THE FACT THAT HE MIGHT GET SERIOUSLY HURT OR EVEN DIE. IN HIS USUAL EASY GOING WAY HE SAID THAT HE HAD THE SAME CHANCES AS EVERYONE ELSE AND LEFT THE REST UP TO GOD. I ONLY SAW BILL A FEW TIMES AFTER THAT. IN JANUARY OF 1968 I WAS IN COUNTRY IN VIET NAM MYSELF AS A NAVAL COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHER. NO ONE INFORMED ME OF HIS BEING KILLED IN ACTION ON DECEMBER 5TH 1968 UNTILL I GOT BACK FROM VIET NAM. I MISS MY BOYHOOD FRIEND, HIS SENCE OF HUMOR, AND HIS UNDYING LOVE OF COUNTRY. I FOLLOWED HIS EXAMPLE AND VOLUNTEERED FOR DUTY IN VIET NAM. YES, HE IS MISSED BUT, NEVER FORGOTTEN. HE WAS AND IS A REAL AMERICAN HERO!!!
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/6/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear WO William Warren Breece 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/3/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    William is buried at Newtown Cemetery,Newton, Bucks County,PA. SS
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The Wall of Faces

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