Ahlum, William John, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Ordnance Corps
Last Primary MOS
4514-Conventional Ammunition Officer
Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 4514, 630th Ordnance Company
Service Years
1964 - 1969

Ordnance Corps


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT James E. Reece, III (Team Leader, Vietnam Profiles) to remember Ahlum, William John, CPT.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hatboro, PA
Last Address
Hatboro, PA

Casualty Date
Mar 23, 1969
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Beverly National Cemetery - Beverly, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 016

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
184th Ordnance Battalion (Ammo)1st Logistical Command
  1969-1969, 4514, 184th Ordnance Battalion (Ammo)
  1969-1969, 4514, 630th Ordnance Company
  1969-1969, 4514, 1st Logistical Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Pennsylvania Military College
  1961-1966, Pennsylvania Military College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
I served with Captain William J. Ahlum in the 184th Ord. Bn. in South Vietnam in 1969. Capt. Ahlum was new to our battalion. On the night of March 23rd, the Qui Nhon Army Ammunition Depot came under attack. We begin a sweep of the Depot searching for the Viet Cong. 

I first met Captain Ahlum on March 10, 1969. Our unit was under attacked that night, and someone brought him to my location that evening. He shadowed me that night to learn the pros and cons of what to do or not to do when a unit was attacked.

In searching for VC, we swept the individual ammunition pads looking for stachel charges (explosive devices) set by by them. One of the pads that I was going to checkout was pad # 64. As I approached this pad I noticed a jeep parked in front of the pad, and I saw the two people on the pad.   I told my driver to proceed to the next pad. As we were passing pad # 64 it went high order. The massive explosion was so great that it created a crater more than 70 feet deep. Capt. Ahlum and his driver were on pad # 64 when the explosion occured.

 By Major Keith Manley 
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