Willie in An Hoa
A. Williams (Sgt. Willie) served
with India 3/5 from June '68 to Jan. '69. I was on the USS Valley Forge
LPH 8 and USS Tripoli LPH 10 with the (9 MAB) FMF. Before that, An Hoa,
Hill 55, Hill 10, and the Rock Pile. I
participated on operations MAMELUKE THRUST I thru III, HOUSTON IV, and
was transferred to India 3/26 in Jan '69. I then participated on operations
MAMELUKE THRUST IV, MAUI PEAK, HENDERSON HILL, MEADE RIVER, TAYLOR COMMON,
BOLD MARINER, RUSSELL BEACH and OKLAHOMAHILLS.
Sept. 11, 1968 during Operation SUSSEX BAY, I received shrapnel
wound in my right arm. Sept. 19, 1968 on Operation MAMELUKE THRUST received
shrapnel wound in my right leg. A third Purple Heart was given on 13
June '69 for enemy RPG explosion that messed up my back and left shoulder.
I never accepted the first Purple Heart because I was medevaced to An
Hoa, treated at the Med Bn., and in a couple of days back in the field.
I wasn't in the rear with the gear, you know what I mean.
was then as I am now, a "GRUNT." Retired, 100% combat service-connected
disabled. If anyone is getting together to go back to visit let me know,
I'd like to tag along. SEMPER FI!!! Sgt. Willie
Star w/V device, Purple Heart w/Gold Star device, Combat Action Ribbon,
Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, Marine Unit Citation,
Meritorious Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense,Viet
Nam Service Ribbon w/silver star device, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
w/palm device, Vietnamese Campaign medal w/device.