WILLIAM L AIKEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 6W, LINE 55 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM LESLIE AIKEN

WALL NAME

WILLIAM L AIKEN

PANEL / LINE

6W/55

DATE OF BIRTH

02/01/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/13/1970

HOME OF RECORD

WHITEHALL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Washington County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM LESLIE AIKEN
POSTED ON 1.12.2022
POSTED BY: wki[email protected]

Final Mission of SGT William L. Aiken

On November 13, 1970, the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division was conducting a battalion-sized combat operation ten miles southwest of Camp Evans in Thua Thien Province, RVN. D Company, 2/506th, was in a landing zone (LZ) awaiting pick up by helicopter for a planned combat assault. The LZ, a previously used pick-up point on a ridge, was approximately 50 yards wide and surrounded by thick jungle. D Company had been operating in the area for a few weeks and had relatively few contacts with the enemy. After humping up to the LZ that morning, the men occupied both sides of the LZ and were in a relaxed mood. A little before 11:00 AM, an unseen enemy force fired four to six rocket-propelled grenades on the American’s position, then raked it with small arms (AK-47) fire. The company immediately returned fire and requested air support from a White Team (AH-1G attack helicopters). They reported the fire coming from the south, approximately 50 to 75 yards away. The size of the attacking force was never determined, and the assault ended after a few minutes. D Company sustained two killed and twelve wounded in the attack, most of the casualties from the small arms fire. The lost personnel were SGT William L. Aiken and SGT Donald L. Valentine. An Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Forward Observer embedded with the Americans also died after suffering a sucking-chest wound. The casualties were flown to the 85th Evacuation Hospital at Phu Bai Combat Base near Hue. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Army 1971 2-506th Inf DSJ” at ttu.edu; also, information provided by Keith Bowman (October 2021)]
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POSTED ON 4.14.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will never truly die.
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POSTED ON 2.1.2021
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Sergeant William Leslie Aiken, Served with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 9.24.2017
POSTED BY: Patty Foster-Connors

Thank you

Thank you for your sacrifice and service.
R.I.P.
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POSTED ON 8.10.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SGT. AIKEN,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. YOU MATTERED. REST IN PEACE.
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