WILLIAM J AHLUM
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HONORED ON PANEL 28W, LINE 16 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM JOHN AHLUM

WALL NAME

WILLIAM J AHLUM

PANEL / LINE

28W/16

DATE OF BIRTH

01/22/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/23/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HATBORO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Montgomery County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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CAPT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM JOHN AHLUM
POSTED ON 2.19.2006
POSTED BY: LARRY WILLIAMS

YOU WERE A GREAT COMMANDER

MY NAME IS LARRY WILLIAMS,
IM NOW 56YRS OLD IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME. I WAS IN CPT.AHLUMS UNIT WHEN HE LEFT US.THAT WAS A VERY SAD DAY FOR THE ENTIRE UNIT. HE AND HIS DRIVER JERRY PETERSON LEFT TOGETHER.
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THEM BOTH
MAY THEY R.I.P.
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POSTED ON 2.11.2005
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

William is buried at Beverly Nat Cem.
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POSTED ON 6.18.2003
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

Area Captain Dies In Vietnam Ammo Blast

A Montgomery County Army captain was killed in an ammunition dump explosion in South Vietnam on March 23, approximately six weeks after arriving for duty, the Defense Department reported Tuesday.
Ignited by an enemy rocket and mortar bombardment, the explosion took the life of Capt. William J Ahlum, a 25-year-old graduate of Pennsylvania Military College, Chester.
The Defense Department did not identify the location of the ammunition storage facility.
PMC GRADUATE
Capt. Ahlum, whose wife, the former, Donna N. Penn, lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Penn, at 332 Lyster rd. in Oreland, a Montgomery County, received a commission as a second lieutenant upon graduating from PMC in June, 1966.
Three months later, he went on active duty in the ordnance branch of the Army. He was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Fort Benning, Ga., before being assigned to Germany in March 1967, where he was stationed for the next 19 months.
PROMOTION GRANTED
Capt. Ahlum returned to this country last October, the same month he was promoted to captain, and was assigned for three months to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. From there he was transferred to Vietnam.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Ahlum, live at 503 High ave. in Hatboro. His father, a supervisor at the Link-Belt Co. plant in Philadelphia, said Tuesday his son had planned to make the Army his career.
The officer was graduated in 1961 from Upper Moreland High School. where his brother, Claude Jr., teaches mathematics.
At PMC, Capt Ahlum was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

Article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on April 16, 1969.
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POSTED ON 2.11.2003
POSTED BY: CAPT T.V. Chiomento, Jr. USN

CLASSMATE

I remember the roommate that loved music, parties, spending time at TKE, but never let fun get in the way of studying. It amazed me how he could balance fun and studying engineering courses. Everything had its place in Bill's view of life. I think of Bill often and wonder what and where he would have been today. I miss his optimism and outlook on life. God Bless.
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POSTED ON 7.24.2000
POSTED BY: Jack Wilson

Classmate

We started a PMC together although you graduated in "66" you were still my classmate. As 4th Classmen we were on the same floor you and Jeff were just down the hall from Steve and I. Speaking of Jeff, the day I processed into Vietnam Jeff was going home. Strange running into a classmate in the dark in Long Binh. That was 33 years ago this November. I am going back to PMC(Widener) this October for the first time in 35 years. I promise I will be thinking of you that day and for many days to come. Hope Jeff and Steve are there also. Rest in peace until we meet again.
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