WILLIAM C BAER
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HONORED ON PANEL 64E, LINE 2 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM CLAY BAER

WALL NAME

WILLIAM C BAER

PANEL / LINE

64E/2

DATE OF BIRTH

04/15/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KIEN TUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/20/1968

HOME OF RECORD

DALLAS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dallas County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM CLAY BAER
POSTED ON 6.15.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT William Clay Baer, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 5.22.2015

Brief Remembrance

I served with Billy on ODA-414 in Moc Hoa. When we built a new camp at Thanh Tri in March of 1968, my job kept me at the old camp. I remember well that hot day in May and a chance meeting with one of our interpreters, Sau, on the airstrip at Moc Hoa. He was really shaken and informed me of Billy's death along with one of our other interpreters. That is one of vivid Vietnam memories seared in my mind. Billy was an outstanding soldier and his loss had a profound impact on his teammates and friends.
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POSTED ON 5.20.2015
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Silver Star Citation

William Clay Baer
Date of birth: April 15, 1946
Date of death: May 20, 1968
Home of record: Dallas Texas
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

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 Sergeant William Clay Baer (ASN: RA-18754482), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force as a member of Detachment A-414, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Baer distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 May 1968 as a Special Forces advisor to a camp strike force surveillance mission near the Cambodian border. Sergeant Baer's lead element came under intense small arms fire from a well entrenched enemy unit, leaving many of his troops wounded and the remainder disorganized and confused. He quickly regrouped his men and directed an assault on the Viet Cong positions. He continuously moved from man to man, assisting the wounded, encouraging his troops' fight, and adjusting indirect fire support on the insurgents. Having successfully overrun the Viet Cong positions, Sergeant Baer began a withdrawal in anticipation of a heavy counterattack. Staying with the rear delaying element, he killed four enemy soldiers before he was fatally wounded by the pursuing Viet Cong. Sergeant Baer's personal bravery and professional ability were instrumental in preventing heavy friendly casualties and inflicting maximum enemy losses. Sergeant Baer's gallantry in action, at the cost of his life, 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, U.S. Army Vietnam, General Orders Number 3242 (July 9, 1968)

Action Date: May 20, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Detachment A-414

Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Division: 1st Special Forces
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POSTED ON 5.1.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

William is buried at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, TX. SS PH
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POSTED ON 11.9.2001
POSTED BY: Brenda Kruse

My brother, my hero.

I lost my brother after my freshman year in college. He was my protector, my friend, my hero. I have missed him everyday for the last 33 years. I had the honor, along with my mother, to read his name at the 10 year celebration of The Wall in Washington in 1992. One of so many heros.
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