HAROLD D WILLIAMS
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HONORED ON PANEL 20W, LINE 84 OF THE WALL

HAROLD DAVID WILLIAMS

WALL NAME

HAROLD D WILLIAMS

PANEL / LINE

20W/84

DATE OF BIRTH

10/29/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH THUAN

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/01/1969

HOME OF RECORD

LOS ANGELES

COUNTY OF RECORD

Los Angeles County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

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POSTED ON 8.4.2019
POSTED BY: Joe McManus

Sua Sponte – 75th Rangers August 1, 1969 (PART I) See Part II Below

“Sua Sponte” is the Ranger Motto referring to the Rangers' ability to accomplish tasks with little to no prompting – “LEAD THE WAY” as they like to say.
Although, I never met Staff Sergeant Harold David Williams, I was less than 10 feet from him and Cpl. Frank Daniel Walthers when our medic “Doc” Tippett lost the fight to keep them alive and with us. Cpl. Walthers had taken rounds in the chest and appeared to be the more seriously wounded as Doc tried to stop the bleeding. SSgt. Williams had taken rounds in his legs and directed Doc to stay focused on Walthers imploring him to save his RTO. Little did Doc know that SSGT Williams was bleeding out from a severed artery in his leg. Although Doc had worked feverishly on both men as a firefight was raging about us, his bag of tricks including mouth to mouth on both men went for naught. I could feel Doc’s frustration!
It was a Friday afternoon and our Infantry platoon from D Troop 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Regiment was on a stand down for the day. D Troop was the Air Cavalry arm of the Mechanized 2nd Squadron including A, B, C and HHT Troops. Like the Cavalry of old our mission was Scouting in force. D Troop had Cobra Gunships, 2-man LOH Scout helicopters and a Lift Platoon of Huey helicopters for carrying our Infantry Platoon and others as needed to complete any Scouting mission.
One of the missions of the Lift Platoon was to ferry Ranger teams in and out of areas of suspected enemy concentrations.
When the call came in that Friday afternoon that a Ranger team was surrounded and needed support, two teams of LOH’s and Cobra’s were immediately airborne and headed to the AO some 15 -20 minutes airtime from our base in Phan Thiet. Our “Stand Down” was declared “over” and the D Troop Infantry Platoon led by Lt. Johnson was airborne within 10 minutes of the call. We went with about 20 guys.
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POSTED ON 8.4.2019
POSTED BY: Joe McManus

Sua Sponte – 75th Rangers August 1, 1969 (PART II)

They dropped us on the side of a mountain from a hovering position having us jump in from one side of the Huey about 5-8 feet to a sloped hill. It was the closest and appeared to be the safest route to the Rangers. Lt. Johnson was 1st off but twisted his ankle on landing. As we trekked down the hill, deeper into the jungle canopy, we saw dozens of NVA hooches evidencing a sizeable force was “in Residence”. I’m guessing, but I’m sure they weren’t really happy that SSgt. Williams found them and even less happy the Cavalry showed up. The Cobras were covering our flank as we approached the Rangers.
SSGT Williams had kept his team together as they repositioned from attacks by the NVA. His expert deployment of claymores and directing fire from our Cobra gunships kept the enemy at bay and allowed us to safely expand his position.
Exiting the position in the Base Camp discovered by SSgt. Williams and his team is another story. The real story is about SSgt. Williams and his leadership, his professional soldiering and focus under fire on the safety and well-being of his team members. No, I never met SSgt Harold David Williams or Cpl. Frank Daniel Walthers, but I am glad to have been a witness to two heroes in action.
In these past fifty years, I think of both of you often, so “Sua Sponte” Staff Sergeant Harold David Williams and Cpl. Frank Daniel Walthers! Hope to meet you both on ‘Fiddler’s Green’ someday…..
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POSTED ON 6.30.2018
POSTED BY: Michael Milton Switzer

Tribute to Sky Soldier

On behalf of all the paratroopers who served with you in the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) and all who followed, we offer our respect and remembrance of your ultimate sacrifice. May you never be forgotten and your family and friends take comfort in your valor in serving.
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POSTED ON 8.5.2016
POSTED BY: Bruce A. Kochy, SFC (Ret)

RANGER WILLIAMS

I was glad to find this page on Ranger Williams, I remember him from our time at An Khe. I heard it through the grapevine about his death and the mission and what I heard at Fort Carson where I was stationed after leaving RVN July 1969. The story Rick Grimes tells is what I heard at the time back in the states that they had hit a battalion size base camp and did some damage before being overrun. My memories of Ranger Williams, that's what we all called him, was of a dedicated soldier and Ranger.. The area the action took place was familiar to me as it was my first assignment with Echo 20th Inf LRP, 4th Platoon, from July 68 to November 68 with the 3/506th Phan Thiet. You will be remembered RLTW!
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POSTED ON 5.31.2016
POSTED BY: 1SG Joey B Welsh USA-Ret

NEVER FORGOTTEN

On this Memorial Day May 30, 2016 I wanted to tell you that "YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN." You now have a profile page in the Together We Served Army web site. This site has over 300,000 members and it's the largest Army web site.

Also your page will be in there forever so I will see you long before that.
RIP BROTHER.

RLTW ?
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