WILLIAM M BAGSHAW
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HONORED ON PANEL 41E, LINE 35 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM MICHAEL BAGSHAW

WALL NAME

WILLIAM M BAGSHAW

PANEL / LINE

41E/35

DATE OF BIRTH

09/16/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/26/1968

HOME OF RECORD

CATSKILL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Greene County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM MICHAEL BAGSHAW
POSTED ON 8.26.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. Another life taken way too soon.
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POSTED ON 9.13.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your 71st birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Forever 18.

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 6.25.2019

Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

PFC William M. Bagshaw, PFC Roy S. Spurgeon, and PFC Miles B. Stuart were riflemen, and PFC Michael S. Garrett a machine gunner, all serving with Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Battle for Hue in Thua Thien Province, RVN, during the 1968 Tet Offensive. On the afternoon of February 26, 1968, H Company was engaged by North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong soldiers firing automatic weapons and small arms mixed with dozens of rounds of 60mm mortar fire. The Marines returned fire and placed 40 rounds of high explosive 81mm mortar of the NVA/VC positions. A Forward Air Controller, Trail 30, came on station above H Company, and directed two flights of Marine A-4 Skyhawk attack jets, call signs Hellborne 532 and 533 from Marine Attack Squadron 121 (VMA-121), which dropped 20 MK-81 Snake Eye 250lb. bombs on the enemy positions. The grid coordinates cited in 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines Command Chronology after-action reports indicate that the Marines were within 100 meters of the enemy positions when the air strikes were authorized by the ground commander, whose judgement undoubtedly was that the known risk from enemy machine guns and mortars outweighed the potential risk of friendly-fire casualties. Twenty-one NVA/VC combatants were killed in the strike; however, fragments from the exploding ordinance hit Marine positions, killing Bagshaw, Spurgeon, Stuart, and Garrett. Hotel Company's Commanding Officer both won and lost in the engagement—the strikes destroyed men and weapons which could have inflicted heavy losses on his Marines but at the cost of four Marines dead and two more wounded. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and virtualwall.org]
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POSTED ON 2.26.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 10.20.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PFC BAGSAW,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. CATSKILL, NEW YORK ISN'T FAR FROM WHERE I AM LIVING NOW. SEMPER FI. HALLOWEEN IS APPROACHING, AND ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS' DAYS - THE DAYS WE HONOR THOSE WHO LEFT US. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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