VIETNAM - PAGE, WILLIE LEE

Page, Willie Lee

VIETNAM - PAGE, WILLIE LEE
PAGE, WILLIE LEE

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, 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: Selected Service

Date of birth: 10-Jun-1946

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 1-Dec-1966

Incident date: 6-Jun-1967

Date of casualty: 6-Jun-1967

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Unknown. Other causes.
Willie Lee Page was passenger in an armored personnel carrier when the vehicle hit a hostile mine while on combat operation.

Three Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC Francis Leo Collins
SSG Charles William Kane
SP4 Willie Lee Page

Location of fatality: Quang Ngai, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Edgemont Cemetery, Anniston, Alabama, USA

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

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 21E 063 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR WILLIE LEE PAGE
5 JUNE 1967
G TROOP, 2nd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Page distinguished himself by heroic actions on 5 June 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date Specialist Page was serving as a machine gunner in an armored cavalry assault vehicle that was conducting a search and destroy operation near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam. During the operation, the platoon came under heavy sniper fire. Specialist Page immediately returned a heavy volume of fire on the sniper positions. The vehicle next to him hit and detonated an anti-tank mine and burst into flames. As other elements attempted to rescue the crew that was trapped in the burning vehicle, Specialist Page supported their movement with a heavy volume of fire with his machine gun. While moving away from the blazing armored cavalry assault vehicle to a more advantageous position, Specialist Page’s vehicle detonated a second anti-tank mine and he was mortally wounded. His outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and bravery are in keeping with the finest tradition of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Task Force OREGON, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Task Force Oregon (Provisional) General Orders No. 58 (26 June 1967)

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