WILLIE R RASCOE JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 12W, LINE 115 OF THE WALL

WILLIE ROBERT RASCOE JR

WALL NAME

WILLIE R RASCOE JR

PANEL / LINE

12W/115

DATE OF BIRTH

11/22/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/09/1970

HOME OF RECORD

WINDSOR

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bertie County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIE ROBERT RASCOE JR
POSTED ON 4.1.2020

Ground Casualty

SFC Willie R. Rascoe Jr. was an Indirect Fire Infantryman serving with E Company, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade. On April 9, 1970, SFC Rascoe died at the burn center in the U.S. Army’s 106th General Hospital in Yokohama, Japan. Rascoe had been critically burned in an incident in Binh Duong Province, RVN, which the Army reported took place while he was a passenger in a military vehicle when an explosion occurred. However, the following account by Stanley J. Rzasa tells a different story of how Rascoe was injured: “I was with SFC Rascoe that day in April when three of us and over fifty civilians were burnt. It was not a crash and it was not an ammo dump. We were getting ready to burn excess mortar charges when someone yelled ‘food.’ A crowd of Vietnamese civilians mobbed us thinking it was cheese. SFC Rascoe tried to get the women and children off the pile when another kid ran up and threw a cigarette into it, igniting it and burning SFC Rascoe, myself, and another sergeant. We survived, but unfortunately, he did not. He was a very good man and we would have done anything for him.” [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Stanley J. Rzasa (July 2008) at thewall-usa.com]
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POSTED ON 4.22.2015
POSTED BY: Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa King and Burgess Baily:..

Salute to a Fallen Veteran

You gave your life for your Country, for this we Salute you.
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POSTED ON 12.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SFC Willie Robert Rascoe Jr, 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 7.11.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Willie is buried at Indian Woods Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Quitsna, NC.
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POSTED ON 2.1.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

Never Forgotten

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

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