Abernethy, William Forman


Rank: Captain

Unit: L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 1204 – Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Start of tour: 12-Dec-1966

Note: L-66

Enlisted by: Reserve

Date of birth: 17-Nov-1938

Hometown: Winter Haven, Florida

Next of Kin: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Incident date: 21-Jul-1967

Date of casualty: 21-Jul-1967

Age at death: 28

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire. Died as a result of a gunshot wound received while a passenger in a military convoy. Fourteen Blackhorse troopers died in this incident: CPT William Forman Abernethy, PFC James Francis Bean, PFC John Joseph Campa, PFC Roosevelt C. Curley, SP4 Lawrence Michael Dawson, PFC George A. Foster, PVT Thomas Francis Ganion, PFC Douglas Wayne Hill, PFC Frank Daniel Leal, PFC Gary Alfred McLennan, PFC Billy Gene Rodgers, SP4 Richard James Schutz, 1LT Ponder Ray Sims and PFC James Lemar Whitfield.

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Lakeside Memorial Park, Winter Haven, Florida, USA

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