Dillender, William, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Ordnance Corps
Last Primary MOS
67R-Single-Engine Single-Rotor Helicopter Maintenance Chief
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 67N10, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1969 - 1971


One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
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
4W, 60/Section 60 Site 8359

 Official Badges 

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

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviation Badge (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)
Auto Rifle

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, 5th Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Bragg, NC), A/1
  1969, Aviation Officer Rotary Wing Course (Fort Rucker, AL), A/1
  1969, 9th Batallion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Campbell, KY), B/1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
101st Airborne Division 1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 67N10, 101st Airborne Division
  1970-1971, 67N10, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Operation Commando Hunt
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Lam Son 719
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The 101st Airborne Division commanded all U.S. Army aviation units in direct support of the operation. Most of the first part of the operation, begun January 30, 1971, was called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, and was conducted by
U.S. ground forces in Vietnam. The ARVN were halfway on February 11 and positioned for the attack across
the Laotian border. On 8 February, ARVN began to push into Laos. The NVA reacted fiercely, but the ARVN held its positions supported by U.S. airstrikes and resupply runs by Army helicopters. President Nguyen Van Thieu ordered a helicopter assault on Tchepone, and the abandoned village was seized March 6. Two weeks of hard combat were
necessary for the ARVN task force to fight its way back to Vietnam. Towards the end of the removal, a helicopter from Company B, 101st Aviation Battalion was lost.

Flown by Maj. Jack L. Barker, the UH1H (serial #66-16185) was attempting to land to extract ARVN troops about 20 miles west of Khe Sanh. During the attempt, the aircraft came under enemy fire and was seen to spin, explode, and catch fire, then to break up in the air. No signs of survivors were seen. The crew aboard the aircraft were Private First Class John J. Chubb, Sergeant William E. Dillender, and Captain John F. Dugan. Because of the presence of enemy forces
in the area, no subsequent search could be made for survivors.

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
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