EDDIE K WILLIAMS
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HONORED ON PANEL 8E, LINE 114 OF THE WALL

EDDIE KENNETH WILLIAMS

WALL NAME

EDDIE K WILLIAMS

PANEL / LINE

8E/114

DATE OF BIRTH

08/27/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/30/1966

HOME OF RECORD

COLUMBIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lexington County

STATE

SC

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LEFT FOR EDDIE KENNETH WILLIAMS
POSTED ON 8.19.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Forever 18

Never Forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 8.23.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Forever 18.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 11.20.2019
POSTED BY: Jim Magner

Everything an RTO has to be and more . . .

Eddie Williams was my radio/telephone operator (RTO) in 3rd Platoon, Company C, 2/18, 1st Inf Div. I was the platoon leader. He was everything an RTO has to be and more. He knew what I needed to know, and what needed to be reported to the company CO. He was always nearby, regardless of the situation or how dangerous it was—and that is what finally got him killed. I left the company in May, 1966, but Eddie continued on as RTO with the new platoon leader, Lt. Peter Odenweller. They were killed together in the wild day-long Battle of Srok Dong on June 30, 1966. I was there also with my Recon Platoon and was told by the men in Charlie 3, of Eddie’s fierce, incredible bravery. Lt. Odenweller was awarded the Silver Star. Eddie should have received one too.

You can read more about the battle in the recent VFW book edited by Richard K. Kolb: “Brutal Battles of Vietnam.” I have also written about Eddie and the whole Vietnam experience in: “A Haunting Beauty.”
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POSTED ON 7.20.2019
POSTED BY: Kimberly Campbell

This is my grandfather's little brother

My grandfather is David Campbell sr, this was his little brother who did receive a purple heart and to his child who commented in 2008 I have his flag.......please email me [email protected]
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POSTED ON 3.18.2019

Battle of Srok Dong – June 30, 1966

On June 30, 1966, two units of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division were conducting an operation to secure the “Big Red One’s” (1st Infantry Division) forward base at Quan Loi and the Hon Quan airfield. It was part of an operation dubbed El Paso II. The mission was more or less a reconnaissance-in-force along portions of National Highway 13 north of the bridge at Cam Le above An Loc. Because the bridge was largely destroyed, it was necessary to escort engineers to make repairs to the structure. B Troop of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry—nicknamed the “Quarter horse”—was assigned escort duty. Attached was the 1st Platoon of C Company. Ultimately, the troopers would be supported by three full companies (A, B and C) of the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry, known as the “Spartans.” The terrain along Highway 13 was a mix of dense jungle, tree lines, chest-high grass and rice paddies. Near the hamlet of Srok Dong, due north of An Loc, the Viet Cong (VC) had constructed a bulwark of piled logs. It was close to the intersection of Highway 13 and Route 17, an ideal location for an L-shaped ambush. The VC had been ordered to “lay a mobile ambush” of convoys passing by there. That task was taken up by the 271st VC (Main Force) Regiment of the 9th VC Division. At 9:40 AM, B Troop was hit by recoilless-rifle and machine-gun fire while crossing a rice paddy. Within the first 30 minutes, all of its four M48 Patton tanks were disabled. Accompanying armored personnel carriers (APCs) responded with .50-caliber fire. APCs of C Troop carrying infantrymen atop them arrived quickly, only to be greeted by a rain of mortar shells. Its 1st Platoon countered with a mechanical flamethrower. The armored cavalrymen put up a protective shield around the besieged B Troop. Heavy fire support was quick on the scene. B and D batteries of the 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery, based at Hon Quan, fired 825 rounds over the course of combat. Airplanes, UH-1B Huey helicopters and CH-47 Chinooks (“Guns-A-Go-Go”) from the 11th Aviation Battalion provided an aerial arsenal. All told, the aircraft launched 88 close tactical air strikes. By noon, the remainder of A Company was flown in by helicopter. C Company also joined the fray. B Company arrived about the time the VC were leaving the battlefield. By 3:30 p.m., the VC had mostly broken off contact. C Troop moved to Checkpoint One and assisted B Troop in evacuating the wounded and suppressing enemy fire. One armor recon soldier of C Troop, SGT Donald R. Long, carried wounded to the helicopters and provided much-needed supplies under intense fire. Repelling the VC as they attempted to mount his APC, Long helped a severely wounded crew member to safety. When a grenade landed on the carrier deck, “he threw himself over the grenade to absorb the blast and thereby saved the lives of eight of his comrades at the expense of his own life,” according to his Medal of Honor citation. But eight other C troopers were killed along with three from B Troop. C Company lost five men killed and Headquarters Company counted one dead, a cook, PFC Earl Smith. The total tally for June 30 was seventeen GIs KIA and 66 WIA. The lost Americans included SGT Roy D. Baily, SP4 David E. Baun, SSG William R. Buckley, 1LT David K. Hight, SGT Richard P. Holien, SGT Donald R. Long, SSG Charles H. Mills, PFC Bobby L. Morden, SGT John D. Morgan, 1LT Peter E. Odenweller, SP4 Ronald O. Patterson, SP4 Franz G. Prediger, PVT Danny L. Smith, PFC Earl Smith, PFC Eddie K. Williams, and SP4 Harry J. Yost. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Ambushed At Srok Dong” by Richard Fournier, VFW Magazine, June/July 2016]
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