WILLIAM F ABERNETHY
VIEW ALL PHOTOS (2)
HONORED ON PANEL 23E, LINE 96 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM FORMAN ABERNETHY

WALL NAME

WILLIAM F ABERNETHY

PANEL / LINE

23E/96

DATE OF BIRTH

11/17/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LONG KHANH

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/21/1967

HOME OF RECORD

WINTER HAVEN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Polk County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM FORMAN ABERNETHY
POSTED ON 11.29.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Skinner

Why we did what we did

War challenges your manhood it reaffirms your courage. It sets us apart from the timid and bench sitters. Adm. McRaven
read more read less
POSTED ON 11.17.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Captain William Forman Abernethy, Served with L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, United States Army Vietnam.
read more read less
POSTED ON 4.22.2019
POSTED BY: Sharon Singleton, COL (Retired) USAR

Thank you, Brave Soldier.

Captain William Abernethy, thank you for your selfless and heroic service and sacrifice for our country. You gave your all and for that we are eternally grateful. Rest In Peace, Brave Soldier. HOOAAH!
read more read less
POSTED ON 7.1.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

Dear Captain Abernathy,

Last year, I posted a brief about you because you received the Silver Star. Each day, I post so that people will remember.

Rest in Peace.
read more read less
POSTED ON 7.21.2014
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Silver Star Citation (full)


Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain (Armor) William Forman Abernethy (ASN: 0-5317216), United States Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Abernethy distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 19 June 1967, while serving as Commanding Officer of Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. On this date, as his command post was attacked by an estimated battalion of well armed Viet Cont, Captain Abernethy reacted instantly and directed a devastating volley of highly accurate .50 caliber machine gun fire upon the onrushing insurgents. Although enemy fire came within inches of Captain Abernethy, he doggedly remained at his post and continued to suppress all forward enemy movement. Realizing that the main concentration of the attack was inflicting heavy damage on friendly elements, he fearlessly directed his Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle to maneuver toward the outer fringe of the perimeter system. As he alertly observed a disabled track, Captain Abernethy immediately maneuvered toward the vehicle and began evacuating the wounded. Before all the men could be evacuated however, Captain Abernethy's vehicle sustained a direct hit from an enemy rocket round, completely disabling it. Despite the heavy volume of fire being directed upon him by the enemy, Captain Abernethy continued evacuation of the wounded form the area, repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire. His bravery, judgment, and staunch persistence against seemingly insurmountable odds while exposed to enemy fire served as a definite incentive to those of his command and subsequently assured defeat of the Viet Cong force. Captain Abernethy's heroic actions in close combat with an armed hostile force 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, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 3957 (August 10, 1967)

Action Date: June 19, 1967

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron

Regiment: 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
read more read less
1 2 3