McKeel, Billy Wayne


Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 1-May-1940

Hometown: Wayne, North Carolina

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 20-Feb-1961

Start of tour: 19-Aug-1966

Incident date: 12-Jan-1967

Date of casualty: 12-Jan-1967

Age at death: 26

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Billy Wayne McKeel was passenger in a military vehicle which hit and detonated a hostile land mine.

Three Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC Frederick Thomas Carter
PFC Thomas Erwin Matush
SSG Billy Wayne McKeel

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Crumpler Family Cemetery, Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 14E 017 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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