WILLIAM G FERGUSON JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 42W, LINE 55 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM GLEN FERGUSON JR

WALL NAME

WILLIAM G FERGUSON JR

PANEL / LINE

42W/55

DATE OF BIRTH

09/13/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/01/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SOUTH PORTLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cumberland County

STATE

ME

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM GLEN FERGUSON JR
POSTED ON 9.13.2021
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Corporal William Glen Ferguson Jr., Served with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 6.16.2021

Misadventure (Friendly fire)

Operation MacArthur was a U.S. Army military operation conducted by the 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam from October 1967 to January 1969. The division was responsible for the defense of the provincial and district capitals that lay along National Highway QL-14, an interprovincial paved road that ran north to south through the middle of the Central Highlands. The general mission was to conduct surveillance and offensive operations along the Cambodian border and destroy North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong units within the assigned area of operations. In late September 1968, D Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry was combat assaulted into an area eight miles southwest of Plei Mrong in Pleiku Province, RVN, where they established a patrol base. Enemy sniping and mortar firing began almost as soon as the Americans started digging in. Listening posts placed outside the perimeter were probed at night, and artillery fire was called on suspected enemy positions. Squad-sized short-range patrols (SRP’s) were sent out to conduct area reconnaissance, generally lasting 24-36 hours. On October 1, 1968, two SRP’s each suffered a man killed in separate friendly-fire incidents. The first occurred at 11:30 AM when an SRP returning from their patrol made contact with four to five North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers. They failed to radio in that they were approaching the patrol base, and when the contact occurred, the entire company opened fire, including .50 caliber machine guns and mortars. Gunfire wounded two patrol members, and a third man, SP4 John A. Rausch, was killed after being hit by mortar fragments. Enemy losses were unknown. Later that day, at 5:55 PM, another SRP not far from the perimeter, made contact with six to eight NVA, resulting in one U.S. wounded and unknown enemy casualties. Gunships and artillery supported the besieged SRP; however, one or more rockets from a U.S. gunship hit the SRP, killing PFC William G. Ferguson Jr., and wounding three others. Both men were posthumously promoted, Ferguson to Corporal and Rausch to Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Lessons Learned, Operational Report of the 4th Infantry Division for the period ending 31 October 1968” at ttu.edu; also, information provided by 1LT Bernard F. Corpe [Mil. Ret.] (April 2021)]
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POSTED ON 9.13.2020
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Soldier.

With out people like you our great nation would not exist. Rest in peace CPL. Ferguson, I salute your brave soul.
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POSTED ON 8.31.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl William Ferguson,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Your birthday is in 2 weeks, happy birthday. It is Labor Day weekend, and we remember you all. It has been too long, and it's about time 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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POSTED ON 5.9.2018
POSTED BY: Krysteen Hamilton Wescott

I found your picture

My name is Krysteen Wescott and I am the daughter of Sgt 1st class Robert H Wescott Jr. It meant a lot to me to find your picture.Cheryl from the Connetquot High School where you attended school sent it to me. You are remembered.
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