WILLIAM E DEAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 44E, LINE 34 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM EDWARD DEAN

WALL NAME

WILLIAM E DEAN

PANEL / LINE

44E/34

DATE OF BIRTH

03/13/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/13/1968

HOME OF RECORD

LONDON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Madison County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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LEFT FOR WILLIAM EDWARD DEAN
POSTED ON 12.21.2019

Final Mission of PFC William E. Dean

On March 13, 1968, a U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division convoy was traveling between Kontum and Dak To on Highway QL-14, eight miles north of Pleiku in Pleiku Province, RVN, when it was ambushed at approximately 11:15 AM by a North Vietnamese Army force estimated at 300 soldiers. The convoy had 150 vehicles formed from three engineer companies: the 509th Panel Bridge and the 70th and 585th Dump Truck. The enemy attacked from behind foliage on both sides of the road utilizing small arms, automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade fire, and claymore mines. Satchel charges were thrown at the trucks in hopes of destroying them. The Engineers fought back with unit weapons, however, as an Engineer convoy, Companies 509, 70 and 585 were not equipped with the best weaponry. They were outgunned–and stuck–in a fight that lasted over five hours. During the battle, the convoy was supported by U.S. Army helicopter gunships and Air Force tactical air strikes. The Americans were able to inflict forty-eight enemy deaths and suffered thirteen U.S. killed and seven wounded. The lost engineers included PFC William E. Dean, SP4 Raymond P. Dobrzynski, PFC David L. Hampton, PFC Walter E. Handy, 2LT William J. Hondel, PVT Russell E. Hupe, 1LT Kosmas P. Kapetanopoulos, SP4 Drek A. Landes, SP4 Glen H. Mosley Jr., PFC Alvin J. Munson, SP4 Larry D. Sherman, SP4 Joseph R. Wenzler, and SP4 William P. Worley. Damage to convoy vehicles was moderate. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vvmf.org, and “Seeking a photo, he uncovers a fallen soldier’s final hours.” uwm.edu/news, May 19, 2015]
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POSTED ON 9.11.2019
POSTED BY: Robert Kennedy

I will never forget you.

We met at Ft Leonardwood in out AIT training platoon. My last words to you were on the day you died. I wished you Happy Birthday. I am ashamed that I let you down that day. I have had nightmares of that day when I lost my three best buddies, you, David Hampton and Walter Handy. I should have been there, but traded duties that day with David Hampton. Today I met Walter Handy's daughter (via email). I let you guys down and I'm sorry. Bob Kennedy
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POSTED ON 8.30.2019
POSTED BY: Maiya

An American Hero

Thank you for your service in the Vietnam War. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Hopefully one day I will be able to shake your hand and thank you for your sacrifice personally when I reach Heaven as well. Until then, I hope this message reaches your courageous soul. You will be remembered. Rest with the angels, your work is done.
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POSTED ON 3.13.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class William Edward Dean, Served with the 509th Engineer Company, 39th Engineer Battalion, 937th Engineer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade, United States Army Vietnam Engineer Command, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 4.20.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC William Dean,
Thank you for your service as a Pioneer. I wish you hadn't passed on your birthday, sigh. It is so 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 strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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