WILLIAM F BAGGS JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 27W, LINE 47 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM F BAGGS JR

WALL NAME

WILLIAM F BAGGS JR

PANEL / LINE

27W/47

DATE OF BIRTH

10/05/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/10/1969

HOME OF RECORD

GLENOLDEN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Delaware County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM F BAGGS JR
POSTED ON 4.10.2012
POSTED BY: A Vietnam Vet.

Silver Star Citation

Silver Star

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class William F. Baggs, Jr. (ASN: 52816917), United States Army, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in the Republic of Vietnam, on 23 March 1969. Specialist Baggs distinguished himself while serving as a machine gunner on a combat operation in the A Shau Valley, Republic of Vietnam. On the cited date, his platoon was moving along the base of a hill when it came under intense rocket propelled grenade and automatic weapons fire from well-camouflaged and fortified positions. During the initial exchange of fire, the last man and several others were seriously wounded. Realizing the urgency of removing the men from the vicinity of the enemy positions, Specialist Baggs completely disregarding his own safety, volunteered to retrieve the fallen men. He and another man moved toward the positions, drawing heavy enemy fire. With rounds hitting all around him, he reached the wounded lead man and pulled him out of the line of hostile fire, back into the security of the platoon perimeter. Seeing another of his comrades fall from wounds, he again crawled under the heavy enemy fire to administer first aid, and bring the wounded man to a safe position. Specialist Bagg's personal bravery and devotion to duty 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, 101st Airborne Division, General Orders No. 6681 (June 11, 1969)

Action Date: 23-Mar-69

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 2d Battalion (Airborne)

Regiment: 501st Infantry Regiment

Division: 101st Airborne Division
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POSTED ON 10.12.2005
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES ARMY SERVICEMAN, A POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE SILVER STAR, WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE


SPECIALIST 4

WILLIAM F. BAGGS JR.


who served with


CHARLIE COMPANY

2nd BATTALION

501st INFANTRY REGIMENT

101st AIRBORNE DIVISION


" THE SCREAMING EAGLES "


was a posthumous recipient of the


SILVER STAR

BRONZE STAR MEDAL with ' V ' for VALOR device

PURPLE HEART

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL





THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL
AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE





30 JULY 1999



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POSTED ON 10.11.2002
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

DEAD SOLDIER IS HONORED

The following article taken from The Philadelphia Inquirer of August 13th, 1969.
"A Glenolden (PA) soldier who crawled through heavy enemy fire to drag two wounded companions to safety during fighting in the A Shau Valley in Vietnam has been awarded the Silver Star, posthumously.
The award was presented to the family of SP4 William F. Baggs, Jr. last week in ceremonies at Pennsylvania Military Colleges in Chester (PA) by Captain Robert Arthur and Major Carl Morin. Also accepted by his family at that time were the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and other medals and ribbons.
His wife, the former Nancy Wetzel, of 408 Harrison Ave. Glenolden, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Baggs, Sr., of 19 N. Wells Ave., Glenolden, accepted the awards.
SP4 Baggs, 20, was a 1966 graduate of Interboro High School, and worked at the Boeing Vertol Division before entering the service on May 13, 1968. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and fought on Hamburger Hill, before he was killed in action on April 10.
The young machine gunner was cited for gallentry on March 23rd when several members of his platoon were injured during an enemy ambush. Despite heavy rocket weapons, grenade and automatic weapons fire, the citation read, SP4 Baggs, twice exposed himself to reach and rescue wounded men."
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