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WILLIAM FORMAN ABERNETHY


is honored on Panel 23E, Line 96 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembered

    Posted on 7/1/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Captain Abernathy,

    Last year, I posted a brief about you because you received the Silver Star. Each day, I post so that people will remember.

    Rest in Peace.
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  • Silver Star Citation (full)

    Posted on 7/21/14 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet

    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 Captain (Armor) William Forman Abernethy (ASN: 0-5317216), United States Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Abernethy distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 19 June 1967, while serving as Commanding Officer of Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. On this date, as his command post was attacked by an estimated battalion of well armed Viet Cont, Captain Abernethy reacted instantly and directed a devastating volley of highly accurate .50 caliber machine gun fire upon the onrushing insurgents. Although enemy fire came within inches of Captain Abernethy, he doggedly remained at his post and continued to suppress all forward enemy movement. Realizing that the main concentration of the attack was inflicting heavy damage on friendly elements, he fearlessly directed his Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle to maneuver toward the outer fringe of the perimeter system. As he alertly observed a disabled track, Captain Abernethy immediately maneuvered toward the vehicle and began evacuating the wounded. Before all the men could be evacuated however, Captain Abernethy's vehicle sustained a direct hit from an enemy rocket round, completely disabling it. Despite the heavy volume of fire being directed upon him by the enemy, Captain Abernethy continued evacuation of the wounded form the area, repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire. His bravery, judgment, and staunch persistence against seemingly insurmountable odds while exposed to enemy fire served as a definite incentive to those of his command and subsequently assured defeat of the Viet Cong force. Captain Abernethy's heroic actions in close combat with an armed hostile force 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, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 3957 (August 10, 1967)

    Action Date: June 19, 1967

    Service: Army

    Rank: Captain

    Company: Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron

    Regiment: 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/21/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain William Forman Abernethy, 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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  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. William Forman ABERNETHY, USA...who died for our country!!!

    Posted on 8/24/11 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchnace, may therein comfort you
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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 6/22/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
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The Wall of Faces

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