Batchelder, William Kimbal, BM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1966-1967, BM-0161, River Division 521 (RIVDIV 521)/PBR-677
Service Years
1953 - 1967
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Shelburne Falls,
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 22, 1967
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Vinh Long
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
New Southwick Cemetery - Southwick, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20E 081

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 Duty Stations
USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39)USS Neptune (ARC-2)River Squadron 52 (RIVRON-52)/River Division 521 (RIVDIV 521)
  1957-1960, BM-0000, USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39)
  1964-1965, BM-0161, USS Neptune (ARC-2)
  1966-1967, BM-0161, River Division 521 (RIVDIV 521)/PBR-677
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  1960-1973 Vietnam War
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I was with Batch all through PBR training and all patrols until his death.He was more than my boat captain {4 man crew}, he was a father figure also as I was only 20 and the was 32. I do have some pictures but were developed in Vietnam and not so hot after oner 40 years. I don't think you will get any answers as to how he was killed as that is not for public record. But he died a hero. I was his Gunner on his boat, PBR 77. One of the first river boats in Vietnam and the 77th boat made. OUr home base was in Sa-Dec Vietnam where I personaly made 163 combat patrols.

Regards. Mike
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