Griffis, William A., III, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 0302, JUSMAAG - Vietnam
Service Years
1964 - 1970



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Cpl Elizabeth Davis to remember Marine Capt William A. Griffis, III.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
San Angelo

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Thuy (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fairmont Cemetery - San Angelo, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14W 062

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), 2
 Unit Assignments
2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5), 5th Marine Regiment3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (3/1), 1st Marine RegimentInfantry Training School(s) West
Amphibious Warfare SchoolJUSMAAG - Vietnam
  1965-1965, 0302, Golf Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  1965-1966, 0302, H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
  1966-1966, 0302, M Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1)
  1966-1967, 0302, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1), 1st Marine Regiment
  1967-1967, H&S Co, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment (Cadre)
  1968-1969, Amphibious Warfare School
  1969-1969, 0302, JUSMAAG - Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Wyoming
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Kansas
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Bucks
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Teton
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Glenn
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Searcy
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His began his second tour of duty with the Naval Advisory Group, USNAVFORV, in June 1969, and died when the helicopter he was aboard - UH-1H tail number 67-17559 of A Troop, 7th Squadron, 1st Cavalry - went down. The USNAVFORV History for Jan 1970 contains the following entry:

"Following a four day stand-down posture, Brigade "B" [RVN Marine Corps] began RIF operations in te 7th ARVN Division AO of Dinh Tuong Province ten miles to the north and northwest of Vinh Long (4th Bn WS991496, 5th Bn XS016520, 6th Bn XS061474, and 2nd Arty Bn WS983413). Confronting a situation similar to the operations earlier in the month, the Marines faced an evasive enemy who continued to place his major emphasis on mines and booby traps. In one booby trap incident that took place on 24 January, Capt William A. Griffis III, two RVMC, including the executive officer of the 4th Infantry Battalion, and one USA [US Army] were killed when a booby trapped enemy ammunition container exploded within a helicopter. Three USA soldiers were also wounded, and the helo was completely destroyed."
Location on The Wall Panel 14W - Row 062

The double aigullette he is wearing indicates he was ADC to Major General, Rear Admiral or officer of lower grade.
If there is anyone here that knew Capt Griffis, and knows who he was ADC to I would like to hear from you. I would like to hear from anyone that knew Capt Griffis and could contribute to his profile.
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