Adams, William, Jr., Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0811-Field Artillery Cannoneer
Last MOSGroup
Artillery
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 0811, B Btry
Service Years
1966 - 1968

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Norfolk City
Last Address
St Albans, NY

Casualty Date
Apr 19, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hampton National Cemetery - Hampton, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
50E 044 / Section H-P Site 822

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 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 12th Marine Regiment (1/12)
  1967-1968, 0811, B Btry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Cpl William Adams/ B-1-12/ Viet Nam 67-689
  Notes
  Apr 19, 2014, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
RIDGE 28 ON HWY QL-9, 7 KM SW OF CA LU AFLD 68APR19-22
UTM grid reference is XD957427


In mid-April 1968 the 3rd Bn, 1st Marines was relocated to the Ca Lu combat base and assigned responsibility for securing the middle portion of Highway 9 running from Khe Sanh to the coast. Golf 2/9 was placed under 3/1 command in order to provide the battalion an additional rifle company. Security elements were placed at each bridge; one such element was a squad from 3rd Plt, Golf 2/9, at Bridge 28. On the morning of 19 April the Bridge 28 security element reported enemy contact from the north. The 2nd Plt, Golf 2/9, accompanied by two tanks, moved out from Ca Lu to reinforce the security element and exploit the contact. When they arrived on scene, they found the NVA were in well-concealed bunkers in and along the sides of a heavily-vegetated ravine which ran north from the bridge. While the NVA had a fair field of fire against the bridge and both approaches to it, the Marines could bring only glancing fires against the bunkers. At 1025 a five truck convoy arrived from Khe Sanh and attempted to run the gauntlet across Bridge 28. The convoy didn't make it; all five trucks were hit by antitank weapons and another group of Marines - artillerymen from B Btry, 1/12 - found themselves stranded and engaged by fire from the ravine. The Golf 2/9 platoon commander called for assistance and regrouped his Marines to extract the artillerymen. The remainder of Golf 2/9 was dispatched in response to the request. It was obvious that a direct assault up the ravine would put the Marines into the face of the enemy's fire, but the sides of the ravine and the slopes facing Highway 9 were too steep to be climbed while under fire. A decision was thus taken to airlift Mike 3/1 onto the high ground north of the enemy positions and assault down the ravine rather than up it from the south. This plan was put into effect on the morning of 20 April. Golf 2/9 maneuvered to the south and east of the ravine while Mike 3/1 was lifted into place and began its movement to contact. By nightfall Mike 3/1 was on the northern edge of the bunker area. On the morning of 21 April Mike 3/1 swept through the bunkers, destroying the enemy positions in detail. By nightfall the enemy fire had been reduced to a negligible level, and on the morning of 22 April Golf 2/9 and Mike 3/1 finished cleansing the area. Highway 9 was declared open to traffic at noon on the 22nd. A reinforced company of North Vietnamese troops had been destroyed to a man, but at high cost: 25 Marines were dead as well. The Marines killed during the three day fight at Bridge 28 were B Btry, 1st Bn, 12th Marines Cpl William Adams, St Albans, NY LCpl Donald R. Allen, San Benito, TX Pfc Gilbert Mendoza, El Monte, CA M Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marines Cpl Don E. Davis, Cabot, AR Cpl Robert C. Hawes, Los Angeles, CA LCpl Alexander Chisolm, Charleston, SC LCpl John M. Vaughn, Erie, PA Pfc Kent R. Bolter, Manistee, MI Pfc John L. Czechowski, Mesa, AZ Pfc Eugene Harris, Hickory, NC Pfc Francis X. Kane, Philadelphia, PA Pfc Charles J. Rachon, White Plains, NY (Silver Star) Pfc Edward E. Whalen, Arnold, PA G Co, 2nd Bn, 9th Marines Cpl Lawrence J. Snyder, Rochester, PA Cpl James D. Craft, Anniston, AL LCpl Tomas Gonzales, Beeville, TX LCpl Michael D. Padilla, Billings, MT LCpl Thomas J. Worley, Detroit, MI (Silver Star) LCpl William P. York, Liberty, NC Pfc Lee C. Adams, Milwaukee, WI Pfc Michael J. Caporale, South Hackensack, NJ Pfc Neil H. Exum, Providence, RI Pfc Andrew J. Payne, Glendale, CA Pfc Scott A. Wright, Downers Grove, IL Pfc Lewis J. Young, La Puente, CA
   
Comments/Citation
Service number 2283039
Tour start date 01/25/1967
   
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