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, PBR-677, River Division 521 (RIVDIV 521)
Service Years
1953 - 1967
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Shelburne Falls, MA
Last Address
Shelburne Falls, MA

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

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USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39)USS Neptune (ARC-2)River Division 521 (RIVDIV 521), River Squadron 52 (RIVRON-52)
  1957-1960, BM-0000, USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39)
  1964-1965, BM-0161, USS Neptune (ARC-2)
  1966-1967, BM-0161, PBR-677, River Division 521 (RIVDIV 521)
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  1967-1967 Operation Game Warden
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During May the River Patrol Force inflicted and suffered its highest rate of fatalities for any month since Operation GAME WARDEN began. One hundred and sixteen Viet Cong were killed in May; 37 other Viet Cong were listed as possibly killed. Meanwhile^ eneiqy fire killed five U.S. Navymen. Four of the Americans as well as a Vietnamese maritime policenan were killed on the 24th of May when a GAME WARDEN patrol was ambushed in the Ham Luong River; the other five sailors aboard the two PBRs involved were wounded. Two days earlier, in the My Tho area of the Mekong DeLta a Navy petty officer was killed while accompanying Vietnamese Popular Force troops and directing PBR gunfire support for the mission. 

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