Ferrell, William Alford, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 11B40, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
Service Years
1948 - 1965

Sergeant First Class

Five Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Stanton, TN
Last Address
Stanton, TN

Casualty Date
Nov 17, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Benning Post Cemetery - Fort Benning, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 076 / Section C-2, Site 264

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

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

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  1965-1965, 11B40, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1948-1950 US Occupation of Japan
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SFC Ferrell, Also earned the Expert Infantryman's Badge.

From the book, "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young"

By Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway 

"...The Alpha Company officers, Captain Sugdinis and Lieutenant Gwin, moved into the copse of trees. Sugdinis was frantically trying to raise his 1st and 2nd platoons on the radio. "Almost immediately I lost communication with the 1st Platoon," he recalls. Then he got the platoon sergeant for the 2nd Platoon, Sgt. 1st Class William A. (Pappy) Ferrell, 38, from Stanton, Tenn., on the radio. Ferrell reported that his troops were intermingled with the attacking North Vietnamese. "Pappy then radioed that he was hit; that there were three or four men with him, all hit," says Sugdinis. "I never heard from Pappy again." ..."


"Pappy" Ferrell was my platoon sgt and helped me as a young 2nd Lt get through the first month in country. I moved over to Recon in early Nov. only weeks before the Ia Drang and his death. His was truly respected by all of us and is missed by all who knew him. 
Posted by: Pat Payne
Relationship: We served together
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
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