Wilhelm, William Lester


Rank: Sergeant

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

MOS: 17K – Ground Surveillance Radar Crewman

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

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

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 1-Sep-1948

Hometown: Covington, Ohio

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 26-Mar-1969

Start of tour: 25-Aug-1969

Incident date: 10-Aug-1970

Date of casualty: 6-Sep-1970

Age at death: 22

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
William Lester Wilhelm died as a result of wounds received while commander of a military vehicle when a mine detonated. He was admitted to a military medical facility and later expired. / William Lester Wilhelm was a tank commander on an Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on resupply mission when vehicle detonated a hostile mine.  Admitted to 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, 10 Aug 1970 at 1030 hrs, placed on Very Serious Injured (VSI) list on 10 Aug 1970 at 1230 hrs.  (Individual was eventually transferred to 249th General Hospital, Camp Zama, Japan, where he expired on 6 Sep 1970.)

Three Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SP4 Neal Vincent Bainter
PVT Joseph Frank Marcantonio
SGT William Lester Wilhelm

Location of fatality: Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, XT 910 308

Place of interment: Highland Cemetery, Covington, Ohio, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 07W 043 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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