William Desmond
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William Desmond

NAME

William Francis Desmond

HOME OF RECORD

New Bedford

DATE OF BIRTH

04/23/1939

STATE

MA

DATE OF DEATH

January 4, 2003

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Army

INDUCTION YEAR

2013

Biography

Bill was a graduate of The Citadel, Class of 1961. Attended Signal Officer School at Fort Benning; Rotary Wing School at Fort Wolters, TX and Fort Rucker, AL. One of the first Army helicopter pilots sent to Vietnam (March, 1963) during the advisory period prior to the US becoming officially involved in combat. Flew 220 missions on the UH-1 and AH-1 gunships in support of South Vietnamese forces, awarded the Bronze Star and 10 Air Medals. Subsequently served with the Aviation Brigade of the 2d Infantry Division at Fort Benning and with the 11th Air Assault Division, the Army's first airmobile unit. Transferred to the Army Reserve in 1964 and served at Fort Devens until October, 1968. Became a successful businessman serving as Vice President of a New England supermarket chain and later ran the largest wholesale frozen seafood company in New York City. Died of a degenerative muscle disorder in January, 2003 related to having been exposed to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam; due to a series of family tragedies and misfortunes his ashes had been left in a New Hampshire funeral home until found and rescued by fellow Citadel graduates in the fall of 2011. Buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on September 10, 2012

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POSTED ON 7.23.2013

Biography

Bill was a graduate of The Citadel, Class of 1961. Attended Signal Officer School at Fort Benning; Rotary Wing School at Fort Wolters, TX and Fort Rucker, AL. One of the first Army helicopter pilots sent to Vietnam (March, 1963) during the advisory period prior to the US becoming officially involved in combat. Flew 220 missions on the UH-1 and AH-1 gunships in support of South Vietnamese forces, awarded the Bronze Star and 10 Air Medals. Subsequently served with the Aviation Brigade of the 2d Infantry Division at Fort Benning and with the 11th Air Assault Division, the Army's first airmobile unit. Transferred to the Army Reserve in 1964 and served at Fort Devens until October, 1968. Became a successful businessman serving as Vice President of a New England supermarket chain and later ran the largest wholesale frozen seafood company in New York City. Died of a degenerative muscle disorder in January, 2003 related to having been exposed to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam; due to a series of family tragedies and misfortunes his ashes had been left in a New Hampshire funeral home until found and rescued by fellow Citadel graduates in the fall of 2011. Interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on September 10, 2012
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POSTED ON 7.22.2013

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