Zeltner, William J., III, CPL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 11B10, A Company
Service Years
1968 - 1969


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Aug 22, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenmount Cemetery - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
19W 099/family plot

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
23rd Infantry Division (Americal)4th Battalion, 31st Infantry 196th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1969-1969, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1969-1969, 11B10, A Company
  1969-1969, 11B10, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

CPL William "Bill" Zeltner was killed in action by small arms fire near Hill 202 on 8-22-1969 while serving as an Infantryman with Co. A of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. Cpl. Zeltner started his tour of Vietnam on 3-25-1969.


My friend and My Hero

Posted on 5/24/16 - by Char Hannigan
Billy, I meeting you thru your sisters when you moved to Morrell Park..We use to dance to our 45 records in your basement. You were a great dancer. Then you left for the service I saw you one last time at Xmas 1968 our last date together. I never forgot you and what you did for our country. You were my friend and Hero.

To Bill and his family

Posted on 3/30/17 - by Eileen Schmeer Rydstrom
Still remembering you on the back of the bus.
Handsome and quiet.
Thank you for your dedication to our country.

Asked for balloons ands toys

Posted on 1/5/02 - by Robert Greer
William J. Zeltner 3rd
E. Crown Street, Morrell Park

"Bill" Zeltner had told his parents he would not enlist to fight in Viet Nam, but went after being drafted in September 1968. The light weapons infantryman felt a deep empathy for Vietnamese children, and wrote home asking for balloons and other toys because many of the youngsters the corporal encountered had so little. Zeltner was assigned to Company A of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade. He died on August 22, 1969, at the age of 20. Zeltner had told friends his ambition was to return home, go to work for Philadelphia Electric Co. and buy a new Buick Riviera. The George Washington High School graduate was survived by his parents, a brother and four sisters.  - VVMF
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