Wilson, Wilmer Dwayne, HN

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Last Rank
Hospitalman
Last Primary NEC
HN-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospitalman
Primary Unit
1968-1968, HN-8404, 3rd Marine Division
Service Years
1966 - 1968
HN-Hospitalman

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sweetwater
Last Address
Sweetwater

Casualty Date
Apr 16, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Garden of Memorie's Cemetery - Sweetwater, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
50E 024

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
(HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas1st Battalion, 9th Marines (1/9)9th Marine Regiment3rd Marine Division
  1966-1967, HA-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  1968-1968, HN-8404, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines (1/9)
  1968-1968, HN-8404, 9th Marine Regiment
  1968-1968, HN-8404, 3rd Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Khe Sanh, South Vietnam (FOB)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
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Last Known Activity

He began his tour in Vietnam on December 15, 1967 and he was attached to the Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. In April 1968, after the seige of the Khe Sanh Combat Base had been broken, General Westmoreland, Commanding General of MACV wanted more aggressive patroling around the Khe Sanh area to protect those who remained. On April 16, 1968, the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, was holding a defensive perimeter on Hill 869 near Khe Sanh. At sun up two platoons from Alpha Company, 1/9 set out on a patrol to the southest of Hill 689. While moving up a ridgeline, the patrol engaged an NVA force dug in atop the ridge, an engagement which developed into a full-fledged battle that continued through the night and into the next day and night. At the conclusion of the battle, the Marines ejected the NVA from the ridge, they endured heavy losses-41 Marines and sailors were killed and 32 wounded.

HN Wilson was one of three Corpsman to die in the battle and was killed in the combat on April 16, 1968 while rendering aid to a wounded marine. He had turned 20 years old the day before.



   
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