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JAMES RANDALL WILLIAMS


is honored on Panel 33E, Line 1 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • bracelet

    Posted on 11/5/17 - by robert hammond rhammond6206@icloud.com
    my wife has had a vietnam rememberance bracelet for a long time. I wanted it to go to family member.
  • Final Mission of SGT James R. Williams

    Posted on 7/3/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On December 29, 1967, a C-130E aircraft departed Nha Trang Airbase shortly after midnight on an operational mission over North Vietnam. The eleven man crew aboard the aircraft included MAJ Charles P. Claxton, CAPT Edwin N. Osborne Jr., and CAPT Gerald G. Van Buren (all listed as pilots), and crewmen SSGT Edward J. Darcy, SSGT Gean P. Clapper, SSGT Wayne A. Eckley, LTC Donald E. Fisher, TSGT Jack McCrary, CAPT Frank C. Parker III, CAPT Gordon J. Wenaas, and SGT James R. Williams. At 4:30 a.m., the pilot made radio contact with Nha Trang and said the mission was progressing as scheduled. No further contact was made. The aircraft's last known position was in extreme northwest North Vietnam, in mountainous Lai Chau Province. The eleven Americans aboard the aircraft were declared Missing in Action. When the war ended, and 591 Americans were released from Vietnamese prison camps, the crew of the C-130 was not among them. In October and November 1992, a joint U.S. - Socialist Republic of Vietnam team interviewed five witnesses who had knowledge of the crash site. Two of the witnesses had visited the area of the crash in 1967 or 1968 and provided information about the site. Some of the witnesses turned over identification cards or tags that contained the names of some of the crew members. The team visited the site and recovered some human remains. In February 1993, the government of Vietnam turned over additional remains and a photocopy of more identification media. In October and November a joint team led by Joint Task Force-Full Accounting excavated the suspected crash site where they recovered aircraft wreckage, personal effects and human remains. In 1994 and 1995, Vietnamese citizens and government officials turned over additional remains. Department of Defense analysts concluded from the distribution of the aircraft wreckage that the C-130 hit a mountainside and the crew was unaware of the impending crash. Nine parachutes were accounted for among the artifacts recovered, and there are no unresolved live sighting reports associated with this incident. Analysis of the remains and other evidence by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii established the identification of the eleven servicemen. (Note: a much more detailed account of this incident is available on pownetwork.org) [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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  • Remembering Another Good Guy Who Did His Duty

    Posted on 7/19/14 - by Norman Norwood
    We remember Jimmy from High School and living in the same neighborhood. My brother and I both served in the Air Force during Viet Nam and were saddened to hear first of his missing and then his death. He was married to wife Lynn but no children. Another good guy who did his duty.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 1/29/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SMS James Randall Williams, 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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  • The name on my bracelet

    Posted on 5/23/13 - by Elena Sanchez-Coates

    I have been wearing his bracelet since 1973 when he was still missing and I have never taken the bracelet off. I made a promise back then that I would take it off when he returned. At the time, I received a letter from his wife through the organization VIVA. In 2001, I found out how he lost his life along with his mission mates and that he was repatriated. I thought of returning the bracelet then, but after 28 years at that point, it had become a part of me. Now, another 12 years later, I still wear his bracelet. James Williams will forever be a part of my life.

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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.