WILLIAM J HONDEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 44E, LINE 37 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM JAMES HONDEL

WALL NAME

WILLIAM J HONDEL

PANEL / LINE

44E/37

DATE OF BIRTH

08/27/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/13/1968

HOME OF RECORD

WEST ALLIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Milwaukee County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

2LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM JAMES HONDEL
POSTED ON 7.4.2021
POSTED BY: Bob Kennedy

July 4, 2021

He was my Platoon Leader in the 509th. He was in the "gun boat" driven by Dave Hampton, who was supposed to be back on Engineer Hill filling sand bags and burning shit that day. Hampton asked me if I would trade duties for the day - that he'd owe me if I did... the rest is history. Neither of them were spared and both of them deserve our gratitude for their service. That was over half a century ago, and it haunts me still.
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POSTED ON 12.21.2019

Final Mission of 2LT William J. Hondel

On March 13, 1968, a U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division convoy was traveling between Kontum and Dak To on Highway QL-14, eight miles north of Pleiku in Pleiku Province, RVN, when it was ambushed at approximately 11:15 AM by a North Vietnamese Army force estimated at 300 soldiers. The convoy had 150 vehicles formed from three engineer companies: the 509th Panel Bridge and the 70th and 585th Dump Truck. The enemy attacked from behind foliage on both sides of the road utilizing small arms, automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade fire, and claymore mines. Satchel charges were thrown at the trucks in hopes of destroying them. The Engineers fought back with unit weapons, however, as an Engineer convoy, Companies 509, 70 and 585 were not equipped with the best weaponry. They were outgunned–and stuck–in a fight that lasted over five hours. During the battle, the convoy was supported by U.S. Army helicopter gunships and Air Force tactical air strikes. The Americans were able to inflict forty-eight enemy deaths and suffered thirteen U.S. killed and seven wounded. The lost engineers included PFC William E. Dean, SP4 Raymond P. Dobrzynski, PFC David L. Hampton, PFC Walter E. Handy, 2LT William J. Hondel, PVT Russell E. Hupe, 1LT Kosmas P. Kapetanopoulos, SP4 Drek A. Landes, SP4 Glen H. Mosley Jr., PFC Alvin J. Munson, SP4 Larry D. Sherman, SP4 Joseph R. Wenzler, and SP4 William P. Worley. Damage to convoy vehicles was moderate. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vvmf.org, and “Seeking a photo, he uncovers a fallen soldier’s final hours.” uwm.edu/news, May 19, 2015]
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POSTED ON 7.9.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt William Hondel, Thank you for your service as a Portable Bridge Unit Commander. It was just Independence Day, and there is no better time to honor you. Please watch over the USA, it still needs your strength. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.15.2018
POSTED BY: allan carroll

Died a Hero!

i was on the vehicle 3/13/68 when Lt. Hondel died. Lt. Hondel ran around the vehicle under heavy fire to retrieve the driver, David Hampton, who had been shot in the head while we were traveling between Kontum and Dakto.
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POSTED ON 5.14.2018
POSTED BY: Steve Conto, Menasha, WI

The Final Bridge

William is buried at Wood National Cemetery, section 37A, 4th row in from the east, 18th column in from the south.
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