Branch, William Anderson, CPT
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
9301-Tactical Intelligence Staff Officer (G2, S2)
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Officer)
Last Unit
1969-1970, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
Service Years
1964 - 1970

Infantry

Captain



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Belleville, NJ
Last Address
Belleville, NJ

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Duong
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Benning Post Cemetery - Fort Benning, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09W 018

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1966-1967, 1542, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV/Field Advisory Element MACV
  1969-1970, 1542, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1969-1970, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Colleges Attended 
North Georgia College and State University
  1960-1964, North Georgia College and State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

BY CHARLES INGRAM GADAWG64@GMAIL.COM. Bill and I were roommates at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga for a quarter or so. He was squad leader and I was a cadet corporal. I remember we were on the bottom floor of Barnes Hall, 1st room on the right. What a great guy Bill turned out to be. Is dedication to the Army and willingness to defend this country was very obvious, even at our young age. I visited The Wall a few years ago, and all I can say is that you have to have known him to know what an emotional experience it is to see his name engraved there forever.

 

   
Comments/Citation
AWARDS AND CITATIONS
Silver Star
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) William Anderson Branch, United States Army, for gallantry in action. Captain Branch distinguished himself by heroic actions on 16 September 1969, while serving as Commanding Officer of Company A, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam. While on a combat operation, the combined units of Company A and a South Vietnamese company discovered a large enemy bunker complex. As the units searched the numerous emplacements they came under heavy fire from a large hostile force. Captain Branch immediately deployed his men and began directing their fire on the insurgents. Spotting two of his men who had become trapped in the enemy kill zone by the intense fire, Captain Branch, with complete disregard for his own safety, fearlessly exposed himself to the deadly barrage of fire directed at him as he rushed forward to the beleaguered men and led them clear of the embattled area. In full view of enemy gunners, Captain Branch moved from position to position as he organized the combined units and led them in a successful assault against the entrenched enemy force, driving them from the area. His valorous actions contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission and the defeat of the hostile force. Captain Branch's bravery, aggressiveness, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Action Date: September 16, 1969
Service: Army
Rank: Captain
Company: Company A
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 14th Infantry Regiment
Division: 25th Infantry Division
   
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