6/10/65. Hoover Fallen Brother RVN

6/10/65 SWF2 William C. Hoover, San Diego, CA - Dong Xoai NMCB 11

William Clifton Hoover

Home of Record: San Diego, CA
Date of birth: 12/04/1939

Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E5
Rank: Steelworker 2nd Class
ID No: 4841380
MOS: SWF: Steelworker (Fabricator)
Length Service: 08
Unit: TEAM 1104, NMCB-11, MACV

Start Tour: ------
Incident Date: 06/10/1965
Casualty Date: 06/10/1965
Age at Loss: 25
Location: Dong Xoai, Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died while missing
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

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William is buried at:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
1700 Cabrillo Memorial Dr.
San Diego, San Diego County, CA.
Plot: A-E, 45

DCR Report on Team 1104 Dong Xoai:

June 9,65 At approximately 2345 hours the first mortar round impacted in the Special Forces Camp at Dong Xoai, the start of an intensive assault which resulted ultimately in overrunning the camp, wounding 7 members of Team 1104 and the death of SWF2 William C. HOOVER and CMA3 Marvin G. SHIELDS.

June 10,65 Six members of Team 1104 air-evacuated from Dong Xoai, including CM3 Marvin G. SHIELDS who died during the flight to Saigon.

June 11,65 OIC and AOIC Team 1104 air-evacuated from. Dong Xoai after nearly 30 hours of individual evasive action in an active battle area.

June 12,65, Body of SWF2 William C. HOOVER, Team 1104, recovered from Dong Xosi. After action casualty reports showed 3 USASF, 2 Seabees and 43 Vietnamese killed in action, 8 USASF, 7 Seabees and 22 Vietnamese wounded in action, 124 Vietnamese Civilian Irregular Defense Group soldiers missing. It was estimated that over 700 Viet Cong were killed by the ground and air strikes. 126 Viet Cong bodies were found inside the compounds.

Let us not forget Steelworker (Fabricator) Second Class William Clifton Hoover, casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy, SWF2 Hoover served our country until June 10th, 1965 in Pleiku, South Vietnam. He was 25 years old and was not married. William died from artillery fire. His body was recovered. William was born on December 4th, 1939 in San Diego, California.

On June 9, 1965, a Viet Cong force estimated at 1500-2000 strong attacked the Dong Xoai Special Forces Camp, located approximately 60 miles north of Saigon in Phuoc Long Province, RVN. The camp was occupied by eleven men of a U.S Army Special Forces team, a Vietnamese force of approximately 400 men, and nine U.S. Navy Seabees. The attack occurred shortly before midnight with mortar and 57mm recoilless-rifle fire. Some of the first mortar rounds struck the communications building, medical aid station, and the quarters where the Americans were sleeping, inflicting casualties in the first moments of the attack. Friendly aircraft arrived to drop flares followed by armed helicopters which bombed and strafed the areas north and west of the camp. The Viet Cong pressed the assault, overrunning the west berm of the north area of the camp. The defenders were scattered and suffered many casualties. American and Vietnamese aircraft arrived at daybreak, the defenders directing highly effective air strikes against the attacking enemy. Shortly after noon, rescue helicopters came in through the Viet Cong fire and successfully evacuated thirteen American survivors. The Viet Cong withdrew on the morning of June 11th, and the remaining Americans survivors were lifted out by rescue helicopters. Twenty Americans died in the battle, including three Special Forces soldiers: SSG Donald C. Dedmon, SGT Charles O. Jenkins Jr., and SFC Bobby Russell; and two Seabees: SWF2 William C. Hoover and CMA3 Marvin G. Shields. Of the surviving 15 Americans, 14 were wounded. Additionally, about 43 CIDG Montagnards and South Vietnamese troops were killed. Outside of the camp, American deaths included eight helicopter crewmen, four from the 118th Aviation Company: pilot CPT Walter L. Hall, co-pilot Donald R. Saegaert, crew chief SSG Joseph J. Compa Jr., and gunner SGT Craig L. Hagen; and four from the 82nd Aviation Battalion: pilot CWO Raymond C. Galbraith, co-pilot WO Zoltan A. Kovacs, crew chief William R. Batchelder, and gunner PFC Walter R. Gray. Five U.S. Army advisers were also killed: SP4 Ronald E. Blake, SSG Robert L. Curlee Jr., LTC Bruce G. Johnson, CPT Edward E. Krukowski, and SFC Fred M. Owens, three from helicopter crashes and two killed while attached to South Vietnamese units. More than 400 South Vietnamese soldiers died in fights in the outskirts of the camp. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, historynet.com, and the publication The Military Engineer (November-December 1965 issue)]


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