William Arnold Beckwith

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
16 February 1946 - 04 July 1968
Eugene, Oregon
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Arnold Beckwith

12 Feb 2004

Honoring our classmates.

South Eugene High School, Eugene, Oregon will have a Vietnam Memorial dedication Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 2 PM in remembrance of our classmates

* LtCol William R. Andrews, 433rd TFS (09/06/1974)
* LCpl William A. Beckwith, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines (07/04/1968)
* SGT James W. Cartwright, C Co, 3rd Bn, 12th Infantry (05/23/1967)
* Cpl Robert K. Collins, C Btry, 1st Bn, 12th Marines (12/08/1965)
* SP4 Arthur A. Erwin, A Co, 4th Bn, 503rd Infantry (07/10/1967)
* SGT Carlton C. Gray, C Co, 158th AHB (05/18/1970)
* PFC Carl F. Louvring, E Trp, 17th Cavalry (05/13/1967)
* LCpl Dennis E. Mickelson, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn (12/28/1968) (Silver Star)
* PFC William G. Muir, B Co, 3rd Bn, 8th Infantry (11/11/1967)
* PFC Kreg A. Viestenz, C Co, 1st Bn, 5th Cavalry (09/18/1968)

Additional information on these men is available in the Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard article republished here.

For information pertaining to this event contact

26 May 2004

I found this obituary for William A. Beckwith, also known as William A. Nims.

He is one of many Pacific Northwest men who lived, went to school, and served in the military under two different surnames. His is the usual case, Mom remarried and some people know him by his stepfather's name and some know him by his father's name.

Wounds Fatal To Northwest Marine
Centralia WA

Marine Lance Cpl. William A. Nims, 22, died of mortar fragments wounds suffered during a Viet Cong attack 4 Jul (1968) in Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam, the Defense Department reported. Nims had returned to Vietnam a little more than a month ago on a second tour of duty after serving there 14 months. He was the son of Mrs. Ralph Nims, Centralia, and Harold A. Beckwith, Spokane. His home formerly was in Winlock.

(Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, 11 Jul 1968)

From a researcher,
Darilee Bednar

Faces from the Wall

15 Jan 2006

Bill, my friend, you were something else. I'll see you in heaven.

Morgan White

A Note from The Virtual Wall

During the first half of July 1968 India 3/4, together with other Marine elements, was stationed on Foxtrot Ridge providing security along Route 9 while the Khe Sanh Combat Base was being evacuated. Enemy activity was obvious to the south of Foxtrot Ridge and the Marine position was subjected to heavy attacks during the early morning hours of 01 and 04 July. Both attacks were successfully defended, but seven Marines were killed in the actions. The assaulting NVA troops lost several hundred men to direct and supporting fires. The Marine dead were
  • 01 July 1968:
    • Pfc Ludin Garcia, New York, NY
    • Pfc William W. Hester, Philadelphia, PA (Silver Star)
    • Pfc Samuel Russell, Nashville, TN

  • 04 July 1968:
    • LCpl William A. Beckwith, Eugene, OR
    • LCpl Robert A. Resnick, Upper Darby, PA (Silver Star)
    • LCpl Oliver Zinimon, Columbus, OH
    • Pfc Dennis Fernandez, Chicago, IL

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a high school contemporary,
Bruce D. Dyer - Class Of "66"
Vietnam 69-70
14 Feb 2004

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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