Pedersen, William Alexander, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 131X, HA(L)-3 Seawolves
Service Years
1968 - 1970
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
La Canada, CA
Last Address
La Canada, CA

Casualty Date
Sep 15, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
An Xugen (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Forest Lawn Cemetery - Hollywood Hills, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07W 066

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) CourseUSN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)HA(L)-3 Seawolves
  1969-1969, 131X, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Course
  1969-1970, 131X, USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)
  1969-1970, 131X, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
  1969-1970, 131X, HA(L)-3 Seawolves
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (70)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (70-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Unselfish Sacrifice
William "Bill" Pedersen was a Naval Aviator and served with HAL-3, Detachment 6 (DET-6) in Vietnam. HAL-3 was the only Navy helicopter gunship squadron to serve in Vietnam, and their primary mission was to lend support to our "Brown Water Navy", which consisted mostly of PBR's and Swift boats that patrolled the rivers in the delta. Secondary missions included supporting the Navy Seals from time to time. DET-6 was located at Song Ong Doc, a little fishing village on the Gulf of Thailand, and very near to the U Minh forest. On the day Bill gave his life unselflishly, he was scrambled to respond to some friendlies who were in a firefight near VC lake. Bill's helicopter was brought down by ground fire, and both he and Carlos Ramos were killed in the crash. Carlos was the crew chief and a door gunner. I believe the second helicopter in the flight was also brought down, but with the crew suffering no serious injuries. I recall that DET-1 was scrambled to support and extract the downed crew during this engagement. I will never forget you Bill as long as I live, because you may have saved my life. I was on duty that day and had flown an uneventful patrol in the morning. You had asked me for one last flight before you were to have been rotated back to Binh Thuy the next day on your way back home. As many times as we had been scrambled in the past, who would have known what would happen on your last mission? You will always be remembered my friend.
Robert Goddard
Seawolf 67
Posted by: Robert Goddard
Relationship: Served in same squadron.
Monday, May 31, 1999

Start Tour:      12/01/1969
Incident Date:   09/15/1970
Alpha Seawolf
Bill Pedersen was my element leader during the field week of my SERE training at Little Creek, Virginia. Bill's element ate lots of fish heads, navigated more clicks on compass marches and got ambushed more times than we really needed to. When we all got caught and taken to the POW camp Bill was extraordinary. In 1970 I spent some time at ATSB Song Ong Doc. So did Bill. I talked to him the day he took his crew to VC Lake. His family lost Bill and the United States lost a great pilot, a crew chief and many others that day. It's a day I'll never forget. 
Posted by: Al Stephenson
Relationship: We served together
Sunday, January 27, 2002
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