Adair, William Michael, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
0141-Administrative Man
Last MOSGroup
Personnel, Administration and Retention
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 0141, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)
Service Years
1964 - 1970


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bellevue, WA
Last Address
Bellevue, WA

Casualty Date
Jan 06, 1970
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14W 006/Plot: Section K, Site 3906

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]1
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Last Known Activity
UTM grid reference is BT025343

William the son of Lyle D. Adair and Margaret J. Adair of Salem OR in the US Marine Corps Reserve entered active duty at Camp Pendleton CA on July 18, 1969 and assigned TAD for 18 months for duty in Vietnam. Sgt Adair arrived in country on August 19, 1969 and was assigned to H&S Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.

At 01:30H undercover of darkness and a monsoon rain which cut the visibility the VC announced their attack on Fire Support Base Ross with a 200 round mortar barrage and sappers opened fire with RPG's and small arms around the entire perimeter. Explosions thundered throughout the compound and hot molten metal whistled in the damp air. The first shells caught many of the Marines asleep in their quarters, but with explosions all around them they immediately scrambled for their assigned fighting hole or any defensive position in close proximity. Infiltrators had breeched the wire and were inside the perimeter causing havoc with satchel charges and grenades. The defenders rallied quickly and after cleaning out their living areas from the enemy onslaught they deployed around the perimeter to block any further attack. 

One of the many Marine casualties that didn't survive the night was Sgt Adair who was killed as a result of multiple fragmentation wounds.

Casualties: H&S Company

William Michael Adair
Russel Earl Gilbrech
Julian Robles Rodriguez
Frank Mark Walker

Casualties: Company A

Kenneth William Boward
Richard Fredrick Brant Jr.
William Leslie Campbell Jr. Died of Wounds
John James Hargreaves
Mickey Lee Hawkins
Beryl Gene Peters
Dean Allyn Wilderspin

Casualties: Company C

Joseph Alfred Lozano
Service number 2112272/540503101
Tour start date 08/19/1969


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Rifle Expert

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)
  1968-1970, 0141, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)
  1969-1970, 0141, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Vietnam Tour Dates
  May 29, 2012, General Photos
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