WILLIAM D SELDERS
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HONORED ON PANEL 37E, LINE 43 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM DEAN SELDERS

WALL NAME

WILLIAM D SELDERS

PANEL / LINE

37E/43

DATE OF BIRTH

05/21/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/05/1968

HOME OF RECORD

CODY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Park County

STATE

WY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM DEAN SELDERS
POSTED ON 11.13.2022

Battle for Hill 861A - February 5, 1968

Khe Sanh Combat Base was a U.S. Marine Corps outpost south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Quang Tri Province, RVN. The base’s perimeter consisted of bunkers and trench lines that stretched roughly in an oblong circle surrounding a 3,500-foot runway. Several thousand yards from the perimeter, hills 881 South, 861, 861A and 558 figured prominently in the defense of the base. Approximately 6,000 Americans defended the base perimeter and the hill positions. In January 1968, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) cut the overland supply route to Khe Sanh, leaving the base totally dependent on aerial resupply. At the same time, the NVA surrounded the base with upward of 20,000 battle-hardened soldiers, supported by heavy artillery, rockets and mortars. The 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, were airlifted to Khe Sanh the month before and assigned an approximately 3,000-yard-long slice of the northwest defense perimeter, known as the Red Sector. Company I and two platoons of Company M occupied Hill 881 South; two miles east, Company K and two platoons of Company A, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, held Hill 861; and 500 yards to the east, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines held Hill 861A. At 4:00 AM on February 5, 1968, the NVA attacked the Company E Marines on Hill 861A. A sapper unit armed with Chicom grenades (long-handled grenades modeled after those made by Chinese communists) and Bangalore torpedoes (metal tubing filled with explosives) preceded an infantry attack by approximately 200 troops. Companies I and K of the 3rd Battalion supported Company E with 81mm and 60mm mortar fire which helped disperse the enemy. Displeased with the help Company K was providing its fellow Marines on Hill 861A, at 4:30 AM the NVA fired several rocket-propelled grenade rounds at their position on Hill 861. Fragments form the projectiles killed one and wounded three others. The lost Marine was PFC William D. Selders. Back on Hill 861A, Company E forced the NVA into retreat using small arms, M79 fire, and aggressive hand-to-hand combat, and by 6:30 AM the enemy withdrew. Seven Marines were killed and twenty-four wounded. NVA losses were put at 109 killed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, historynet.com, and virtualwall.org]
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POSTED ON 1.15.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC William Selders, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is another new year. Time moves quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.11.2021
POSTED BY: Ron Dupuis

Not Forgotten

Just visited the Vietnam wall in Murfreesboro,TN and saw all the boys from Cody. Lawrence Evert,Terry Fetzer, Terrance Larson, and Gary Bartz. I have many family members in Cody some of which also served. Cody was my second home growing up. All of you will always be remembered. A true veteran does not need to know you personally to have admiration. Matthew 5:9
Ron Dupuis, Sgt. 3rd Marines
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POSTED ON 5.21.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class William Dean Selders, Served with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 2.5.2016
POSTED BY: Andrea

Thank You, Sir

You died 48 years ago serving our country. God bless you and may you rest in peace. More importantly, thank you for your service in our military.
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