JAMES D WILLIAMSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 33E, LINE 54 OF THE WALL

JAMES D WILLIAMSON

WALL NAME

JAMES D WILLIAMSON

PANEL / LINE

33E/54

DATE OF BIRTH

09/24/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/05/1968

HOME OF RECORD

TUMWATER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Thurston County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES D WILLIAMSON
POSTED ON 2.23.2003
POSTED BY: Candace Lokey

Not Forgotten

I have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.

We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:

Candace Lokey
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229
[email protected]

If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :

www.pow-miafamilies.org
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POSTED ON 11.21.2002
POSTED BY: John R. Lazarczyk

Vigilance

As this note is being written we have thousands missing at the World Trade Center and will no doubt have more in the years to come in the war on terrorism. All the more reason to remain vigilant on behalf of the lost and fallen from the Vietnam War.

In this regard, I requested copies of information from The Vietnam-Era-Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action database at the Library of Congress concerning SFC James D. Williamson who was lost in Laos along with CWO Dennis C. Hamilton, CWO Sheldon D. Schultz, SFC Ernest F. Briggs, Jr. and SFC John T. Gallagher when their helicopter crashed.

There are a number of items concerning the search for the crash site after the war. The latest items are dated and state as follows:

9 August 1996 "On 27 Jun 96, during 96-4L, the investigation element resurveyed the crash site associated with case 0967 in Nong District, Savannakhet Province. The IE conducted an extensive ground search and dug three test pits at the crash site previously surveyed on JFA 95-3L that is believed to be associated with case 0967. The team found small pieces of aircraft wreckage, but recovered no personal effects or remains."

14 May 1997 "On 27 Jun 96, a joint U.S./Lao team investigated a suspected UH-1D crash site at 48QXD 6690 0773 in Savannakhet province, Laos. No life support equipment was recovered. JTF-FA analysis indicates the items recovered can not be correlated to a specific aircraft type or case."

4 June 1997 Joint Task Force - Full Accounting Biographic/Site Report as of 4 June 1997
This is a form which essentially has no information beyond the items above.
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POSTED ON 5.17.2002
POSTED BY: John R. Lazarczyk

Lost Hero

I wore a MIA bracelet for SFC Williamson for many years. I actually wore thru the "silver" coating to the base metal underneath. That bracelet has been on a branch of a cherry tree at my parent's home for the last twenty five years or so. That tree has always symbolized SFC Williamson for me. My parents have passed away and the house has been sold. I intend to point out the bracelet to the new owners when I am up that way. I also have a second bracelet for SFC Williamson which I wore after the first one wore out. I have that bracelet in a box with my "stuff" from Vietnam. I am a Vietnam veteran, non-combat arms (Petroleum Supply)with service at Cam Ranh Bay and II Corps from July 68 to July 69. I still hope that somehow SFC Williamson will make it back. I will not forget his service.
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POSTED ON 5.17.2002
POSTED BY: John R. Lazarczyk

Clarification

This is a clarification of the data listed for this fallen hero. The tour of duty start date for SFC Williamson is listed as 1/5/68. This is actually the date he was listed as MIA which was about six months into his tour of duty which started 7/11/67.

The Department of Defense changed his status from missing to killed in action 11/27/78.

There is more information on another website about the circumstances under which SFC Williamson was lost. Go to www.thewall-usa.com and look up SFC John T. Gallagher. There is a rememberance there which is descriptive.



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