Sandersen, William Leonard


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: G Troop, 2nd 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: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 1-May-1946

Hometown: Aspen, Colorado

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 5-Jul-1967

Start of tour: 9-Dec-1967

Incident date: 19-Aug-1968

Date of casualty: 19-Aug-1968

Age at death: 22

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Artillery/Mortar/Rocket. Artillery, rocket, or mortar.
William Leonard Sandersen died from wounds received while gunner on military vehicle on convoy mission when hit by fragments from hostile anti-tank round.

Five Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SSG Gale Edward Deering
SSG Aldon Cecil Jones
PFC Edward Austin McKenzie
SP4 Salvador Joe Mendez
SP4 William Leonard Sandersen

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 732 078*

Place of interment: Aspen Grove Cemetery, Aspen, Colorado, USA

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

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 47W 004 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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