Eckes, William Carl, JO1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1967, JO-0000, NSA Saigon
Service Years
1961 - 1967
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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Beach, ND

Casualty Date
Mar 10, 1967
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Ninh Thuan
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint John's Cemetery - Beach, North Dakota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16E 051

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NSA Saigon
  1966-1967, JO-0000, NSA Saigon
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
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Last Known Activity
 He died in the crash of a Navy transport plane near Ninh Thuan, South Vietnam in which 24 other military men also were killed.
Margot ECKES
16438 w labyrinth ln
surprise, AZ 85374 USA
WE MISS HIM STILL He felt that it was his duty to go for the second tour to help the people of Vietnam. He made this decision knowing it was not popular, feeling that it was his duty as a sailor and as an American. He did this in the face of politicians and other American's who made a mockery of this war, made a mockery of those who fought it and thus made a mockery of freedom. It was his hope that someday the Vietnamese would be afforded the right to live in a country free from suppression. He is our hero and we will love him always. William Carl Eckes born Sept. 201940 to Donna H. and William L. Eckes in Dickinson, ND. Oldest brother to Margot, Bridget, Karlin, Mary Jean, Jack and Bob. He was primarily raised in Beach, ND and graduated from Beach High School in 1958. He attended college until 1960 when he joined the service. He was a journalist and worked with Stars and Stripes. He was stationed in Sicily, Iceland, Hawaii, Maryland, and finally went to Vietnam. There he worked with the Armed Forces Combat Motion Picture Team until he was killed in an aircraft crash March 10.1967. "Day is done.Gone the sun.From the lakes. From the hills.From the skies. All is well, Safely rest.God is nigh." The family of WC Eckes(Bill) COMING FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Carole Vondall (Kohler)
292 Central Ave. N
Beach, ND 58621 USA
We missed you then and we miss you now. God Bless
Bill was a kind, caring person. He was a great Son, Brother and Friend.
Friday, October 18, 2002

Martin Cohen
39, Bronte Paths, Stevenage, Herts, 
SG2 0PG, England
A Real Toff
I met Bill the first day, I reported for work as a civilian, in Sigonella, Naval, Air Base, Sicily. During my 4, years, working with the US., Military, I met many fine American, service personnel and it is my honor, to have made friends, with a good number. Bill met my family, in England and stayed over a number of times, welcomed as another son. "A real toff" is one of the finest compliments, that could have been made by a London, "east ender." My late father a "cockney," used this expression about Bill, a rare compliment indeed. I'am priveleged, to have made such a good friend, viewed as a friend, by Bill and have met his wonderful family in Beach, after his untimely death. Never forgotten Bill, never forgotten. Shalom haver Martin
Friday, October 18, 2002

Lana Sobrilsky
907 Cody Circle
Papillion, NE 68046 USA
To the Uncle I never met
Though I never had a chance to meet I love you. I am proud you are my uncle. Whenever I feel life hands me to much, I think of you and draw strength from your bravery. You are always in my heart. 
Monday, October 21, 2002
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