Williams, Harold David, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11F40-Infantry Operations and Intelligence NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 11F40, C Company, 75th Infantry (Ranger)
Service Years
1967 - 1969

Staff Sergeant

One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by 1SG Joey Welsh-Deceased to remember Williams, Harold David, SSG.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Los Angeles

Casualty Date
Aug 01, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Thuan (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Inglewood Park Cemetery - Inglewood, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 084

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
E Company Long Range Patrol (LRP) 20th Infantry (ABN), 1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)C Company, 75th Infantry (Ranger)
  1968-1969, 11F40, E Company Long Range Patrol (LRP) 20th Infantry (ABN), 1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
  1969-1969, 11F40, C Company, 75th Infantry (Ranger)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
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Last Known Activity

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting



The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harold David Williams (565749235), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C (Ranger), 75th Infantry (Airborne), 173d Airborne Brigade. Staff Sergeant Williams distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 1 August 1969 while leading a Ranger Team north of Song Moa. Just after perpetrating an ambush on an enemy element, the team was set upon by the main hostile force. Sergeant Williams immediately called in gunships on the communists who quickly surrounded the small team. He initiated a grenade counterassault and repositioned his team to withstand the vicious attack. When a team member fell to enemy fire, Sergeant Williams advanced under a fusillade to render assistance to his comrade. Despite wounds received when an antitank round detonated nearby, he elected to remain with his men, directing their defense. When a brief lull developed in the exchange of fire, Sergeant Williams and one of his men moved outside the perimeter to recover a survival radio dropped by a friendly casualty. In the attempt both were wounded by small arms fire, yet Sergeant Williams again refused evacuation. During the subsequent battle, he succumbed to his wounds. Staff Sergeant Williams' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 4389 (December 6, 1969)



Unit Tribute
E Company (Long Range Patrol) 20th Infantry (Airborne), First Field Force Vietnam (IFFV) was activated on September 25, 1967 in Pleiku, South Vietnam.  The unit was organized with highly trained and motivated soldier, most of whom had at lease 6 months in combat and had undergone an intensive selection program before being assigned.  The unit was organized to provide long range reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, and special type missions in a corps level basis and usually operated in 4-6 man teams.  The company also had the capacity to operate as a platoon size force and conduct regular recon-in-force missions.  At time, they were attached to Special Forces units and were trained by them at the MACV Recondo School in Nha Trang, South Vietnam.  On February 1, 1969 E Company was inactivated and was re-designated as C Company (Ranger) 75th Infantry (Airborne), IFFV and continued its mission until it was deactivated on October 25, 1971 in An Khe, South Vietnam.  In 1974, when the 1st Ranger Battalion 75th Infantry was activated, it was assigned the lineage from C Company (Ranger) 75th Infantry (Airborne) IFFV due to it’s excellent war record and outstanding performance as a LRP/RGR Corps level unit.  The Ranger Regiment then authorized the Battalion's scroll to be placed at the top of our unit patch.


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