Dillender, William Edward, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67A-Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1971-1971, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1970 - 1971


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 20, 1971
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

101st Airbone Division

 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2015, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviation Badge (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
101st Aviation Battalion101st Airborne Division
  1971-1971, HHC, 101st Aviation Battalion
  1971-1971, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Lam Son 7193
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Silver Star Citation 

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant [then Specialist Fourth Class] William Edward Dillender, United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force, while serving with Company B, 101st Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter), (Ambulance), 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), in Laos.

Sergeant Dillender distinguished himself on 20 March 1971 while serving as Crew Chief of a UH-1H helicopter during the emergency extraction of allied troops in Laos. Despite the fact that the friendly firebase was surrounded by enemy troops, Sergeant Dillender provided the accurate and devastating suppressive fire which prevented his aircraft from receiving any hits during two attempts to reach the landing zone. Upon learning that another helicopter crew had been shot down in a nearby area, Sergeant Dillender volunteered to extract them. Despite enemy small arms and mortar fire, he delivered suppressive fire, allowing his aircraft to land, pickup the downed crew, and depart safely.

After returning to Khe Sanh, Sergeant Dillender volunteered to make still another attempt to reach the friendly firebase. As the aircraft was on its final approach to the landing zone, his aircraft was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, causing it to explode and mortally wounding the entire crew.

Sergeant Dillender's gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), General Orders No. 5057 (May 29, 1971)
Action Date: March 20, 1971
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant
Company: Company B
Battalion: 101st Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter) (Ambulance)
Division: 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 04W 060

On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 the remains of Major Jack L. Barker, Captain John F. Dugan, Sergeant William E. Dillender and Private First Class John J. Chubb, all members of the Army 101st Airborne Division, were laid to rest.

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