Williams, Billy Joe, MAJ

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1203-Tank Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, MACV Advisory Team 3
Service Years
1955 - 1970



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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Marion, KY
Last Address
Marion, KY

Casualty Date
May 06, 1970
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mapleview Cemetery - Marion, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11W 119

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 National Guard Awards

 Unit Assignments
US Marine Corps3rd Battalion, 123rd Armor Regiment194th Armored BrigadeMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1951-1952, US Marine Corps
  1955-1956, 640th Field Artillery Battalion
  1955-1956, 1514, 640th Field Artillery Battalion/C Battery
  1961-1962, 1203, 3rd Battalion, 123rd Armor Regiment
  1961-1962, 194th Armored Brigade
  1969-1970, Field Advisory Element MACV
  1969-1970, MACV Advisory Team 3
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
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Last Known Activity

He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Truck Master from Mar 1951 to May 1952. He was a former member of the Kentucky Army National Guard, joining on 3 June 1955 as serving as a Sergeant and a Radar Chief for Battery C, 640th Field Artillery Observation. 

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant November 1956. He was ordered to Active Duty with the 3rd Medium Tank Battalion of the 123rd Armor on 1 October 1961 for one year.  
He was promoted to Captain in November 1963 and Major in November 1968 in the Armor Branch.

In his civilian life he was the Vice President and Merchandise Manager for Williams Department Store in Marion.
Solid soldier and leader; was our senior advisor in 7th Cavalry Regt (ARVN). Respected by all, the Vietnamese Regt'l XO swore to kill one NVA battalion to avenge Maj Williams. Spent lots of time in FSB C2 planning operations with him. He supported the field teams well. Ensured we took no BS from higher hq. May the Lord bless and sustain his family. Maj Williams is no doubt in Fiddler's Green with all other good troopers. Rest in Peace.  Dave Robinson, we served together.

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