Williams, Kermit Louis, SGT

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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B10, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)/HHC
Service Years
1967 - 1968


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Home State
North Carolina
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Clinton, NC
Last Address
Clinton, NC

Casualty Date
Sep 18, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Roseboro Cemetery - Snow Hill, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
43W 032

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The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments
11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1967-1968, 11B10, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
  1965-1966, Saint Augustine's College
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SGT Kermit Lewis Williams, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Clinton, North Carolina.

SGT Kermit Lewis Williams was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, SGT Williams served our country until September 18th, 1968 in Quang Nagai, South Vietnam. He was 21 years old and was not married. It was reported that Kermit died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. Kermit was born on May 22nd, 1947 in Clinton, North Carolina. SGT Williams is on panel 43W, line 032 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

Will, you taught me how to stay alive. You listened to others and never commented. You were the best at cards. Thank you for being there and helping me get thru each day. You are missed, My squad leader, Will was the best. He looked out for everyone all the time. He was always concerned for the new guys. Will will never be forgotten and greatly missed. I know he is in heaven. God Bless you Mac,(Alpa 1/20 3rd platoon). William McAlarney, 31 Oakdale Rd, Stanford, Ct 06906, bmcalarney48@hotmail.com.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Kermit "Will" Williams was a member of a great rifle company, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion 20th Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade. All the men of Alpha Company, his friends, will hold Will's memory in The Wall of our hearts for all our lives. Alpha Company, 1st Bn 20th Infantry, http://www.alpha120.com.

Rest in Peace Kermit. I wish I knew something about you besides how heavy you were on the night of your death. I wish I had some good memory to cover you with in my mind. Rest in peace. John McNown Jr.

Kermit was a fine soldier with a quiet sense of humor, and an attitude that compelled all men to admire him. The day of his passing has a place in my memory. I have visited you at The Wall, and saw your constant smile. You are surely missed. Rest in peace. Bill Adams, His Company Commander.

Plt Ldr/Friend. Will,(Three-Zero Xray): The pictures that I sent are fuzzy, but my memories of you aren't. You carried my radio and we were never more than 3 feet apart. I miss you. (Alpha Three-Zero), Doug Falck.

Classmate Pleasant Grove High, I too was in Vietnam, I salute you Kermit Williams. My friend Kermit was a friend of mine and I was in Vietnam at the same time but different location. The world will miss you and I know you had a lot to give all of us. I know you were a very good person and do hope you are looking down on us everyday. Thell Robinson Jr, 7223 McGeorge Rd, Milford, KS 66514, thell.robinson@us.army.mil.

Cousin. During my first trip to DC I told my mom, Ida P, that I was going to visit the Vietnam Memorial. She told me to look for your name. There were so many names on the wall. I called Natalie and she looked up your name on the internet. My mom shared stories and we talked all night about you Kermit. You were a very articulate man. She let me read the letters you wrote while you were in Nam. What a sense of humor!!! We laughed and my heart was sad that you were taken from her so soon. You were not only her counsin you were a GREAT friend to her. My husband and I are both in the Army. We thank you for your service and are proud to call you HERO. Monica Meeks, 250 Ashridge Lane Newport News VA 23602, monica.meeks@us.army.mil

Grade School Classmate. One of the brightest stars of (Pleasant Grove and Charles E. Perry High) gone dark way too soon. We miss you. Roland Draughon, 8401 Cobden Road, Glenside, PA 19038.

I was his Baby Sister. I didn't get to know you. I didn't get to know my brother. I had just turned two years old when he was taken at age 21. Before he was drafted, Kermit only had the chance to see me as an infant. He told my mom how proud he was to have a new baby sister, and that I would call him "big brother", but I never got the chance. I missed out on knowing a wonderfully smart, handsome and very kind person. I didn't even remember what he looked like. When I look at photos, I have to ask who is that man in the picture. I have no stories to tell of how he protected me and made my feel safe like only a big brother can. The only thing that I have is second hand stories of the ways that he affected everyone who is forced to live without him. Oh how I wished that I had known him. I think that we would have a lot in common. I am particularly concern about my appearance as I heard that he was. Maybe I will get to see him on the other side and we can get aquainted then. Baby Sister, Rhonda Williams, Rhonda.Williams@ncmail.net.

On 18 Sep 1968, the 2nd Bn, 20th Infantry lost 12 men in a fight at Go Tro hamlet in Quang Ngai Province: SGT Kermit Lewis Williams of Clinton, NC was one of them.

We were in secondary school together at Pleasant Grove High School, Dunn (Sampson County), N.C. from 5th to about 8th or 9th grade. (Our old PGHS is now a middle school, I hear.) Kermit's family moved to a different school district in the county and he attended a different high school but graduated the same year as the rest of us (1965). Kermit came from a large family. I remember that his siblings included fraternal twin sisters (Edna and Carolyn) two years ahead of us (in my sister's class) and that they graduated from my high school in 1963 with my sister. He also had younger brothers and sisters. My school's elementary school was connected by a walkway to our high school, any time one of Kermit's younger siblings wanted to visit Kermit, they would come to our homeroom and ask for Kermit. Kermit was always an 'A' student. He had great grades and his number one academic power stick was math! Roland Draughon.

He served with the Alpha Company, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, USARV.

He was awarded The Silver Star Medal for Gallantry in Action, The Bronze Star Medal for Valor, The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.


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