VIETNAM - DILLON, WILLIAM JERRY

Dillon, William Jerry

VIETNAM - DILLON, WILLIAM JERRY
DILLON, WILLIAM JERRY

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: 3rd Platoon, Operation Akron

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 9-Jul-1932, Selmer, Tennessee

Hometown: East St Louis, Illinois

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: Unknown

Start of tour: 13-Jul-1966

Incident date: 19-Jun-1967

Date of casualty: 19-Jun-1967

Age at death: 34

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds. Individual was on combat operation when his unit engaged a hostile force in firefight.

Ten Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SP4 Raymond Desmond Crowder Jr
SP4 William Jerry Dillon
PFC Edward Lee Fails Jr
SP4 Russell Louis Filiberti
SP4 Blaine Wilson Landers
PFC Bobby Louis Murphy
PFC Charles Howard Richards Jr
SSG Wayne Thomas Schumacher
SP5 William Norman Scott
PFC Leonard Vito Tedesco

Location of fatality: Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam, Slope 30

Place of interment: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 22E 011 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR WILLIAM JERRY DILLON
19 JUNE 1967
919TH ENGINEER COMPANY (ARMORED)
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Dillon distinguished himself by valorous actions on 19 June 1967, while serving as a machine gunner on an ambush patrol in the jungles of Vietnam. During the early morning hours, Specialist Dillon’s unit came under intense hostile fire from an estimated three hundred well-armed Viet Cong while participating in Operation Akron. In the initial burst of insurgent fire, Specialist Dillon quickly leaped behind his M-60 machine gun and directed a devastating volley of highly accurate fire upon the attackers. As the violent exchange of fire intensified, Specialist Dillon alertly observed that his comrade’s machine gun had ceased to function. Without regard for personal safety, Specialist Dillon immediately proceeded to repair the damaged machine gun. After repairing the weapon, Specialist Dillon returned to his post and again resumed directing highly accurate and suppressive fire upon the insurgents. During the ensuing action, Specialist Dillon was struck by enemy fire and mortally wounded. Specialist Four Dillon’s personal bravery and devotion to duty 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, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 3070 (7 July 1967)

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