HONORED ON PANEL 29E, LINE 70 OF THE WALL

BILLIE WAYNE BRIGHT

WALL NAME

BILLIE W BRIGHT

PANEL / LINE

29E/70

DATE OF BIRTH

09/18/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/11/1967

HOME OF RECORD

GAYLESVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cherokee County

STATE

AL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BILLIE WAYNE BRIGHT
POSTED ON 5.7.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

As long as you are remembered you will always be with us...
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POSTED ON 1.18.2021

Final Mission of PFC Billie W. Bright

On November 11, 1967, a repair crew from A Platoon, Company B, 299th Engineer Battalion was enroute to continue work refurbishing a damaged timber trestle bridge along Highway QL-14 north of Kontum, RVN, when it was ambushed by some fifty to eighty Viet Cong. The enemy attacked with grenades, rockets, automatic weapons, and mortars. SFC John K. McDermott was in the lead vehicle when a recoilless rifle round exploded against his truck. McDermott managed to keep control of the vehicle and drove it off the road to allow the rest of the convoy to get by. He then jumped from the truck and directed his men to safety. He killed two Viet Cong attackers before two more leaped at him bringing him to the ground. After struggling free, McDermott wounded two of the attackers and proceeded under heavy fire to drive several trucks out of the ambush site. Despite intensive enemy rifle fire and exploding grenades, he rallied his men in a counterattack. Meanwhile, SSG Frank J. Walker, a squad leader who was riding behind McDermott when the ambush occurred, leapt from his truck, which was also hit, and charged into enemy machine gun fire, knocking out several Viet Cong positions. These heroic actions allowed the convoy to move out of danger. Within a half hour, reinforcements from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry arrived and drove off the enemy. Six engineers died in the battle and four were wounded. The lost personnel included PFC Billie W. Bright, PFC James A. Collier, SP4 Robert E. Haynes, SP4 Raymond R. Hollopeter, SSG Charles D. Sawyers, and SP4 John J. Tiscornia. Thirteen Viet Cong were confirmed dead. Extensive damage was made to one 5-ton dump truck, one 3/4-ton truck, and one jeep. General Westmoreland later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valor to both McDermott and Walker in a ceremony at Pleiku. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Engineers at War” by Adrian G. Traas]
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POSTED ON 7.15.2020
POSTED BY: Beth Braun

Rest in peace

Billie is buried in Unity Cemetery, Hurley, Cherokee County, Alabama. Rest in peace, Billie.
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POSTED ON 6.3.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 5.9.2018
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered. All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Billie.
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