Cole, William Winston, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11B10, 9th Infantry Division
Service Years
1952 - 1967

Sergeant First Class

Five Service Stripes

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 23, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Long An (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30E 069

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
Air Defense Units2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry 9th Infantry Division
  1952-1954, 3060, B Battery, 83rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Missile Battalion
  1956-1962, 111.1, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division
  1966-1967, 11B10, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry
  1966-1967, 11B10, 9th Infantry Division
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Award of the Silver Star:


distinguished himself by valorous actions while on a searchand destroy mission on 9 April 1967 near Rach Kien, Vietnam.  Upon arriving at the contested area, the lead element of Sergeant Cole's unit came under heavy automatic weapons fire and was trapped in a completely exposed area. Analyzing the situation quickly, Sergeant Cole rushed forward under with ering fire to give assistance to the lead element. As he reached the center of the fire fight, a hostile machine gun raked his position, wounding him painfully and destroying his weapon. Disregarding his wounds, he crawled to a fellow soldier who was also wounded, secured the soldier's weapon, and continued to place devastating fire upon the enemy position, He then assisted in the evacuation of the wounded, refusing medical attention until all the casualties were cared for and evacuated to safety. Sergeant First Class Cole's bravery and devotion to duty and to his fellow soldiers are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

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