Bednarz, William Walter, PFC Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Service Years
- 1967



Private First Class


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1943
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Chicago
Last Address
Chicago

Casualty Date
May 16, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vinh Binh
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20E 005

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Last Name BEDNARZ
Given Names WILLIAM WALTER

Date of Birth 19430930 09/30/1943
Service A Army
Component Y Selective Service
Rank PFC Private First Class
Grade and posthumous promotion E3
Service Occupation 11B10 Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY)
Actual Date of Casualty 19670516 05/16/1967
Actual Date of Death 19670516 05/16/1967
Tour Date 670318 03/18/1967
Posthumous decoration
Casualty Type A1 Hostile, Died
Reason D Gun, Small Arms Fire
Air no Air 7 Ground Casualty
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 34 Vinh Binh
Casualty Location

27TH INF RGT
25 INF DIV
Major command, eg division or brigade 25th Inf Div
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit C Co
Battalion or similar level unit 2nd Bn
Regiment, ROAD 27th Infantry

Home of Record City CHICAGO
Home of Record State Code Illinois

Panel 20E
Line 5
WILLIAM WALTER BEDNARZ
Silver Star
Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Military Merit, RVN Gallantry Cross, RVN Campaign


Army - PFC - E3
Age: 23
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Sep 30, 1943
From: CHICAGO, IL
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Married
PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
25th Infantry Division

Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Mar 18, 1967
Casualty was on May 16, 1967
In VINH BINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
   
Comments/Citation
  In our hearts and minds forever.
Posted for: WILLIAM WALTER BEDNARZ:
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Never to be forgotten by those who served with you in 1st platoon, C Company 2/27 Infantry Wolfhounds, that May 16, 1967.
Posted by: Joe Guchek
Email:
guchekj@mchsi.com
Relationship: We served together
Tuesday, February 7, 2006

  We Served as Wolfhounds
Posted for: WILLIAM WALTER BEDNARZ:
Dear Bill,
You are remembered always as one of the 16 that awful day. You will not be forgotten by your brothers in Arms or your family that didn't get to share you.
Posted by: Joe Guchek, 1st squad, 1st Platoon, C 2/27
Email:
guchekj@mchsi.com
Relationship: We served together
Saturday, October 1, 2005

Headquarters
25TH INFANTRY DIVISION
APO San Francisco 96375

CITATION FOR AWARD

OF THE

SILVER STAR

1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

BEDNARZ, WILLIAM WALTER

54809573

Private First Class

Infantry

COMPANY C
2D BATTALION
27TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

Awarded: Silver Star

Date action: 16 May 1967

Theater: Republic of Vietnam

For gallantry in action involving close combat against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: PFC. Bednarz distinguished himself by heroic actions on 16 May 1967 near Ap Rach Gau (2), RVN, while serving as a machine gunner when his company was engaged in a night assault against a numerically superior Viet Cong force. Immediately upon debarking the aircraft, Private Bednarz's platoon became separated from the rest of the company and came under heavy enemy machine gun and automatic weapons fire from the front and left flank. Private Bednarz demonstrated great personal courage as he assaulted the enemy positions and delivered a continuous and effective volume of fire. At one point, Private Bednarz engaged a sniper who had stopped the movement of the company and had the company commander and his radio operator pinned down in a open field. After killing the enemy sniper, Private Bednarz shifted his fire to an automatic weapon position threatening the company's left flank. He took up a position on a berm and fired his weapon from the shoulder to place more effective fire on the enemy. While performing this hazardous mission, Private Bednarz was mortally wounded. Private Bednarz acted with great courage and determination in the face of intense enemy fire. His heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Authority: By direction of the President of the United States under the provisions of the Act of Congress established 9 July 1918.
Barbara Blake
blake57@comcast.net
High School classmate
Palatine IL 60067 USA
I will always remember
Dear Bill, Forty years have passed. Margaret and your child without you. You were a good kid and a good classmate. The pain of your death has not diminished. Barbara Setnor (class 1961)
May 19, 2007
   
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