WILLIE G ALDRIDGE
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HONORED ON PANEL 37W, LINE 78 OF THE WALL

WILLIE GENE ALDRIDGE

WALL NAME

WILLIE G ALDRIDGE

PANEL / LINE

37W/78

DATE OF BIRTH

05/16/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/10/1968

HOME OF RECORD

WINCHESTER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clark County

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIE GENE ALDRIDGE
POSTED ON 12.10.2018
POSTED BY: Sgt Robert Friend Bco. 1St. Bn. 1St. Inf. Div.

Willie "You are not Forgotten"

Paul Hernandez
phernandez@excelonline.com
Served Together
That Last Day
I was there, when the Leutinent, said, charge back up, that mountain side. I knew my squad, didn't have to walk point, that day, but that went, out the window, at that moment. I grab a few men, since I was, a squad leader and headed up, the hill. It was hard, going, with the steep, terrain and the bullets flying. Two, guys, followed me up, each, on my right and left flank. We sprayed, the area ahead, but couldn't see, the enemy. Rounds were hitting, hard and fast. I called back, for more firepower. Willie jumped up, carrying the M-60, machine-gun, running past me, to a point, just ahead. There was an explosion, from a B-40, rocket gernade, that blasted ahead, of us. Willie was brave, as he had come up, to give assistance, because he knew, the M-60, he was in charge of, was his responsibility, to cover, the squad. I guess, that is why he thought, he had to run, a little past me, to lay, down fire. I'll always remember him, as he slumped down, after the explosion. I crawled over, to him and knew, he had gone, quickly, even as I called, for the medic. I knew, we would do all, we could for him, at that moment, but God, had been merciful and taken him home. I'll never forget, Willie's willingness, to help. Yet, I felt sadden to know, that his family, would miss him, more. That grieved me, leaving behind, a wife and two, small children. That day, will always stay, with me. It could, have been me, that day and not, Willie Gene Aldridge.
Sunday, June 25, 2000

I copied from the "The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page", I never had the honor to meet this fine young soldier but I lost my brother Sp4 Richard Friend on March 24 1968 who was also in the 101st,. I served from 1966-1968 with the 1st. Inf. divison, and feel a connection with all who served. I want to make a special thanks to Paul Hernandaz for his information, it means a lot for the family and friends to know what happened. THANK YOU PAUL...…

Sgt Robert Friend Bco. 1St.Bn. 1St, Inf. Div. 1966-68
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POSTED ON 8.15.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PFC ALDRIDGE,
THANKS FOR BEING AN ARMY GRUNT.
MAY YOU REST WITH THE ANGELS.
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POSTED ON 2.13.2014
POSTED BY: Roger D Hollon

Willie G Aldridge

Willie & I grew up together on McClure Rd when it was far & In between houses with large farms
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POSTED ON 2.13.2014

Willie G Aldridge

Willie and I grew up together on McClure Rd when houses were far apart and lots & lots of farms.... Sadly missed :-(
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POSTED ON 12.9.2013
POSTED BY: J.Tabor

Great Uncle Willie.

I've only heard story's about you from your sister, my grandma. I wish I would have gotten to meet you. I also have your rifle that you left at home and it fires perfectly. I thank you for your sacrifice as do many.
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