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

LEFT FOR HAROLD DAVID WILLIAMS
POSTED ON 2.28.2014
POSTED BY: 1SG Joey B Welsh USA-Ret

ABOUT THIS UNIT

To learn what this unit actually did there is a non fiction book, "CHARLIE RANGERS" published in Feb, 1989 written by unit members Don Erickson and John Rotundo which was the first book ever published by men who were there.
"Rangers Lead The Way"
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POSTED ON 2.27.2014
POSTED BY: 1SG Joey B Welsh USA-Ret

RANGER BROTHER II

RANGER BROTHER II

Unit Tribute
E Company (Long Range Patrol) 20th Infantry (Airborne), First Field Force Vietnam (IFFV) was activated on September 25, 1967 in Pleiku, South Vietnam. The unit was organized with highly trained and motivated soldier, most of whom had at lease 6 months in combat and had undergone an intensive selection program before being assigned. The unit was organized to provide long range reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, and special type missions in a corps level basis and usually operated in 4-6 man teams. The company also had the capacity to operate as a platoon size force and conduct regular recon-in-force missions. At time, they were attached to Special Forces units and were trained by them at the MACV Recondo School in Nha Trang, South Vietnam.

On February 1, 1969 E Company was inactivated and was re-designated as C Company (Ranger) 75th Infantry (Airborne), IFFV and continued its mission until it was deactivated on October 25, 1971 in An Khe, South Vietnam. In 1974, when the 1st Ranger Battalion 75th Infantry was activated, it was assigned the lineage from C Company (Ranger) 75th Infantry (Airborne) IFFV due to it’s excellent war record and outstanding performance as a LRP/RGR Corps level unit.

“RANGERS LEAD THE WAY”
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POSTED ON 11.13.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT Harold David Williams, 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 5.25.2013
POSTED BY: E20 LRP, C75th Ranger

Ranger Brother

Ranger Brother

E Company (Long Range Patrol) 20th Infantry (Airborne), First Field Force Vietnam (IFFV) was activated on September 25, 1967 in Pleiku, South Vietnam. The unit was organized with highly trained and motivated soldiers, most of whom had at least 6 months in combat and had undergone an intensive selection program before being assigned. The unit was organized to provide long range BRreconnaissance,surveillance, target acquisition, and special type missions in a corp level basis and BRusually operated in 4-6 men teams. The company also had the capacity to operate as a platoon size force and conduct regular recon-in-force missions. At times, they were attached to Special Forces units and were trained by them at the MACV Recondo School in Nha Trang, South Vietnam. On February 1, 1969 E Company wasinactivated and was redesignated as C CompanyBR(Ranger) 75th Infantry (Airborne), First Field Force Vietnam and continued its mission until it was deactivated on October 25, 1971 in An Khe, South Vietnam. BRBR“RANGERS LEAD THE WAY”BR

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POSTED ON 8.1.2012
POSTED BY: A Vietnam Vet.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Distinguished Service Cross



Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War



The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Harold David Williams (ASN: 565749235), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C (Ranger), 75th Infantry (Airborne), 173d Airborne Brigade. Staff Sergeant Williams distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 1 August 1969 while leading a Ranger Team north of Song Moa. Just after perpetrating an ambush on an enemy element, the team was set upon by the main hostile force. Sergeant Williams immediately called in gunships on the communists who quickly surrounded the small team. He initiated a grenade counterassault and repositioned his team to withstand the vicious attack. When a team member fell to enemy fire, Sergeant Williams advanced under a fusillade to render assistance to his comrade. Despite wounds received when an antitank round detonated nearby, he elected to remain with his men, directing their defense. When a brief lull developed in the exchange of fire, Sergeant Williams and one of his men moved outside the perimeter to recover a survival radio dropped by a friendly casualty. In the attempt both were wounded by small arms fire, yet Sergeant Williams again refused evacuation. During the subsequent battle, he succumbed to his wounds. Staff Sergeant Williams' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.



General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 4389 (December 6, 1969)



Action Date: 1-Aug-69



Service: Army



Rank: Staff Sergeant



Company: Company C (Ranger)



Regiment: 75th Infantry (Airborne), 173d Airborne Brigade

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