WILLIAM R BATCHELDER
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 6 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM ROBERT BATCHELDER

WALL NAME

WILLIAM R BATCHELDER

PANEL / LINE

2E/6

DATE OF BIRTH

10/21/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/10/1965

HOME OF RECORD

SPRINGVALE

COUNTY OF RECORD

York County

STATE

ME

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM ROBERT BATCHELDER
POSTED ON 11.18.2020
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Soldier.

We can never truly repay the great debt we owe our fallen heroes. Rest in peace PFC. Batchelder, I salute your brave soul.
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POSTED ON 10.21.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class William Robert Batchelder, Served with Company A, 82nd Aviation Battalion, United States Army Aviation Group (Provisional), United States Army Support Command Vietnam, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 9.2.2019

Attack on Dong Xoai Special Forces Camp – June 9-10, 1965

On June 9, 1965, a Viet Cong force estimated at 1500-2000 strong attacked the Dong Xoai Special Forces Camp, located approximately 60 miles north of Saigon in Phuoc Long Province, RVN. The camp was occupied by eleven men of a U.S Army Special Forces team, a Vietnamese force of approximately 400 men, and nine U.S. Navy Seabees. The attack occurred shortly before midnight with mortar and 57mm recoilless-rifle fire. Some of the first mortar rounds struck the communications building, medical aid station, and the quarters where the Americans were sleeping, inflicting casualties in the first moments of the attack. Friendly aircraft arrived to drop flares followed by armed helicopters which bombed and strafed the areas north and west of the camp. The Viet Cong pressed the assault, overrunning the west berm of the north area of the camp. The defenders were scattered and suffered many casualties. American and Vietnamese aircraft arrived at daybreak, the defenders directing highly effective air strikes against the attacking enemy. Shortly after noon, rescue helicopters came in through the Viet Cong fire and successfully evacuated thirteen American survivors. The Viet Cong withdrew on the morning of June 11th, and the remaining Americans survivors were lifted out by rescue helicopters. Twenty Americans died in the battle, including three Special Forces soldiers: SSG Donald C. Dedmon, SGT Charles O. Jenkins Jr., and SFC Bobby Russell; and two Seabees: SWF2 William C. Hoover and CMA3 Marvin G. Shields. Of the surviving 15 Americans, 14 were wounded. Additionally, about 43 CIDG Montagnards and South Vietnamese troops were killed. Outside of the camp, American deaths included eight helicopter crewmen, four from the 118th Aviation Company: pilot CPT Walter L. Hall, co-pilot Donald R. Saegaert, crew chief SSG Joseph J. Compa Jr., and gunner SGT Craig L. Hagen; and four from the 82nd Aviation Battalion: pilot CWO Raymond C. Galbraith, co-pilot WO Zoltan A. Kovacs, crew chief William R. Batchelder, and gunner PFC Walter R. Gray. Five U.S. Army advisers were also killed: SP4 Ronald E. Blake, SSG Robert L. Curlee Jr., LTC Bruce G. Johnson, CPT Edward E. Krukowski, and SFC Fred M. Owens, three from helicopter crashes and two killed while attached to South Vietnamese units. More than 400 South Vietnamese soldiers died in fights in the outskirts of the camp. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, historynet.com, and the publication The Military Engineer (November-December 1965 issue)]
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POSTED ON 7.14.2018
POSTED BY: RONALD E VINCENT

Miss you, Bobby

You were my freshman brother in high school and we became friends. You wrote to me when I joined the Navy and we stayed in touch. I was so saddened to learn of your death in a horrible war. I often think of what your life might have been like.

It has been many years and I always visit your grave and leave flowers every Memorial Day. I often think of you and she'd a few tears.
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POSTED ON 10.15.2017
POSTED BY: Herman Quirion

Remembering my friend

Although I didn't know him peronally he lived near me in springvale and I attended his funeral right before my own deployment to Vietnam.
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