WILLIAM L BEADNELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 15W, LINE 101 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM LEE BEADNELL

WALL NAME

WILLIAM L BEADNELL

PANEL / LINE

15W/101

DATE OF BIRTH

03/02/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/28/1969

HOME OF RECORD

NORFOLK

COUNTY OF RECORD

City Of Norfolk

STATE

VA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM LEE BEADNELL
POSTED ON 10.22.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever.
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POSTED ON 12.30.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PFC BEADNELL,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A CH-46 (CHINOOK) HELICOPTER MECHANIC. SEMPER FI. YOUR ANNIVERSARY WAS 2 DAYS AGO. ENJOY HEAVEN! CHRISTMAS IS HERE.AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU. THE NEW YEAR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 10.30.2015

Final Mission of PFC William L. Beadnell

On December 28, 1969, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A (tail number 153379) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364) was returning from Phu Bai and had filed an IFR flight plan. They were experiencing radio problems and were cleared at 5,000 feet mean sea level (MSL), but read back and flew the flight at 3,000 feet MSL. Da Nang Approach Control made numerous attempts to alert the crew to their mistake and transmitted on all UHF frequencies at their disposal, including Guard, with transmissions such as, "Turn left, you have a mountain at your 12 o'clock, distance 2 miles!" The crew never responded and flew into Hai-Van Pass under instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and impacted the terrain. All aboard were killed instantly. The crew members included aircraft commander 1LT Charles K. Butler, co-pilot 1LT William P. Higgins, crew chief SSGT Robert R. Swain, and gunner PFC William L. Beadnell. The passengers were PFC James M. Alderman, CTC Robert S. Gates, LCPL James H. Pence, LCPL Leslie L. Shelton, MGYS Edward R. Storm, and SSGT Richard D. Walsh. (Information provided by Walt Wise, 1LT USMCR; Terry D. McDade, SGT USMC; William N. "Pappy" Hill, MGYS USMC Ret.) [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 1.27.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC William Lee Beadnell, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 12.28.2010
POSTED BY: A Marine

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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