WILLIAM N FEASTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 11E, LINE 109 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM NEWCOMER FEASTER

WALL NAME

WILLIAM N FEASTER

PANEL / LINE

11E/109

DATE OF BIRTH

05/14/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/26/1966

HOME OF RECORD

PORTSMOUTH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Rockingham County

STATE

NH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

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POSTED ON 5.30.2021

Misadventure (Friendly fire)

CPT William N. Feaster was a Protestant chaplain in the Army Chaplain Corps serving with Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 196th Infantry Brigade. CPT Feaster was beloved by the troops, and on September 18, 1966, agreed to accompany them on a mission. During the patrol, the unit’s encampment was hit by friendly artillery fire. There were several casualties, including fatalities; Feaster was critically wounded. While being treated for his injuries in a U.S. Army field hospital, he contracted an infection. Feaster’s wife, an Army nurse stationed in Seoul, South Korea, was summoned to Saigon where Feaster was a patient. The treatments he endured as the medical staff tried to save him were very trying: surgeries for side effects from the drugs used to treat the infection, and finally, an amputation. Early in the morning of October 26, 1966, his wife was awakened by the chief nurse, whose couch she was sleeping on. She was informed, “The chaplain just expired.” Feaster would be the first chaplain to be killed in the Vietnam War. During the time he was a patient, he was visited by the young captain who was in charge of the artillery unit that fired the errant rounds. Feaster tried to comfort him and assured the captain he did not blame him or harbor any ill will. The chaplain granted the forgiveness he asked for, but the young captain’s face and demeanor failed to conceal that he had been broken by the experience. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Vietnam Stories: The many victims of Vietnam” by Judith Miller at concordmonitor.com]
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POSTED ON 5.14.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Captain William Newcomer Feaster, Served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 196th Infantry Brigade, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 5.14.2020
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Chaplain.

Without people like you our great nation would not exist. Rest in peace CAPT. Feaster, I salute your brave soul.
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POSTED ON 5.2.2020
POSTED BY: PAUL Mawn

Salute to a Crimson warrior chaplain

I am proud to share the same Alma Mater as Captain Feaster. Within 2 week s of 1 May 2020, I will post his entry on the Harvard Hall of Heroes in the Post World War II file on the website of the Advocates for Harvard ROTC. Captain Feaster is also currently included on the Vietnam plaque on the left wall of Memorial Church in the Harvard Yard for those Harvard alumni who made the supreme sacrifice for our country. Rest in peace Chaplain and God bless the Feaster family.
Paul E. Mawn (HC-63)
Captain USN (Ret.)
Chairman -Advocates for Harvard ROTC
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POSTED ON 9.18.2019
POSTED BY: Sharon Singleton, COL, USAR (Ret.)

Thank you, Brave Soldier

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, Chaplain, CPT William Feaster. May your sacrifice never be forgotten. Rest In Peace, Brave Soldier. Hooaah!
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