12/15/67 Fallen Brothers RVN

12/15/67 BUR2 William D. Thompson, Jr., Healdsburg, CA - Dong Ha NMCB 5

William Dewey Thompson Jr

Home of Record: Healdsburg, CA
Date of birth: 06/20/1932
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E5
Rank: Builder 2nd Class
ID No: 3271971
MOS: BUR: Builder (Concrete)
Length Service: 04
Start Tour: 12/01/1967
Incident Date: 12/14/1967
Casualty Date: 12/15/1967
Age at Loss: 35 (based on date declared dead)
Location: Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died of wounds
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

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William is buried at:
Oakmound Cemetery
601 Piper Road
Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California 95448
Plot: Sec 4 Tier 24

DCR Report:
NMCB-5s Detail Foxtrot came under enemy fire while deployed at site A-3 (Con Thien). The resultant enemy action resulted in one KIA, Roger E. Huestis, BUHCN and one WIA, William D. Thompson, BUR2, who later died as a result of wounds received in this action.
Cruise book A-3 work pages 234 & 235 http://www.seabee-rvn.com/RVN-Cruisebooks/MCB-5-1967-68/9709709_QQgHHM#!i=656672218&k=L8qGSHF&lb=1&s=O

Ground Casualty
BUHCN Roger E. Huestis and BUR2 William D. Thompson Jr. were Navy Seabees serving with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Five (NMCB-5), 3rd Naval Construction Brigade, U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam. On December 14, 1967, they were assisting the 11th Engineer Battalion Marines on Fire Support Base Alpha-3 near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), three miles northeast of Con Thien Hill (Hill 158) in Quang Tri Province, RVN, when enemy mortar rounds fell on their position. Huestis suffered a fatal head wound and Thompson was seriously injured. Thompson was taken to NSA Station Hospital in Da Nang where he expired the following day. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam, Monthly Historical Supplement, December 1967]

BU2 William D. Thompson passed away aboard the USS REPOSE from wounds he received while helping build bunkers for Marines at ALPHA 3 N/NE of Con Thien, South Viet Nam

William Dewey Thompson was known as "Tommy" to his many friends. He had previously served in the Navy from 1950 to 1953 as an Aviation Ordnanceman on the USS Boxer and USS Phillipine Sea and re-enlisted in the Spring of 1967 in the Seabees. He was mortally wounded while building bunkers for the Marines on a hill outpost along the DMZ known as Alpha 3, N/NE of Con Thien, by an NVA rocket. He died aboard the hospital ship USS Repose off the coast of Vietnam.I was only 5 when he died so I never really knew him, yet I have missed him every day of my life.
by Tim Thompson his son Posted on 5/29/03


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