Walkabout, Billy Bob, 2LT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1970, 1542, Field Advisory Element MACV
Service Years
1967 - 1970

Infantry


Ranger
Second Lieutenant


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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1949
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Walkabout, Billy Bob, 2LT USA(Ret).
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Cherokee County
Last Address
Montville, CT

Date of Passing
Mar 07, 2007
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 66 SITE 59

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Cold War Veteran 101st Recondo School MACV Recondo Patch




 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorMilitary Order of the Purple HeartLegion Of ValorVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
 Barstow Chapter
  1970, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1970, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1970, Legion Of Valor - Assoc. Page
  2008, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Barstow Chapter (Member) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 
Distinguished Service Cross

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 act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant [then Specialist Fourth Class] Billy B. Walkabout, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company F, 58th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile).

Sergeant Walkabout distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 November 1968 during a long range reconnaissance patrol southwest of Hue. After successfully ambushing an enemy squad on a jungle trail, the friendly patrol radioed for immediate helicopter extraction. When the extraction helicopters arrived and the lead man began moving toward the pick-up zone, he was seriously wounded by hostile automatic weapons fire. Sergeant Walkabout quickly rose to his feet and delivered steady suppressive fire on the attackers while other team members pulled the wounded man back to their ranks. Sergeant Walkabout then administered first aid to the solider in preparation for medical evacuation.

As the man was being loaded onto the evacuation helicopter, enemy elements again attacked the team. Maneuvering under heavy fire, Sergeant Walkabout positioned himself where the enemy were concentrating their assault and placed continuous rifle fire on the adversary. A command-detonated mine ripped through the friendly team, instantly killing three men and wounding all the others.

Although stunned and wounded by the blast, Sergeant Walkabout rushed from man to man administering first aid, bandaging one soldier's severe chest wound and reviving another soldier by heart massage. He then coordinated gunship and tactical air strikes on the enemy's positions. When evacuation helicopters arrived again, he worked single-handedly under fire to board his disabled comrades.

Only when the casualties had been evacuated and friendly reinforcements had arrived, did he allow himself to be extracted. Sergeant Walkabout's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3945 (1969)
Action Date: 20-Nov-68
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant
Company: Company F
Regiment: 58th Infantry Regiment
Division: 101st Airborne Division
   
Other Comments:
Lt. Walkabout passed away in Norwich, Connecticut and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, Plot: Section 66, Lot 59.

He was a member of the Blue Holly Clan, Cherokee Nation.
   
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 
 Unit Assignments
101st Airborne Division 58th Infantry RegimentMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1968-1970, 101st Airborne Division
  1968-1970, 1542, 58th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1970, 1542, Field Advisory Element MACV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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