Billy Clayton ChambersSpecialist Four
D CO, 1ST BN, 5TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
03 December 1949 - 27 April 1969
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The database page for Billy Clayton Chambers
Bill Chambers was one of three young men killed in Viet Nam from the small southern Oklahoma town of Maysville. He was just 19 when he was killed in a Viet Cong L-shaped ambush. His Silver Star citation says that he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire as he manuvered his M-60 machine gun to fire on enemy positions. Running out of ammunition, he crawled to find more and returned to engage enemy bunkers that had his unit pinned down. Throughout the day, he continually maneuvered and exposed himself to enemy fire enabling his wounded brothers to be evacuated. Finally, while maneuvering to engage still another enemy bunker, he was mortally wounded.
Bill was a loving son and fearless soldier. He wrote long letters home frequently, always expressing his love for his family and his dedication to helping the people of South Viet Nam resist the communists. Many times he would send money from his meager pay for his younger brothers and sisters.
From his letters, it is clear that he was a thoughtful and kind young man, mature beyound his years, who deeply cared about the people of South Viet Nam. His family would like to hear from anyone who served with Bill.
From his brother-in-law,
A Note from The Virtual WallD Company, 1/5th Cavalry, lost five men on 27 April 1969 in the engagement described above:
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Rodney Clarke Jones
11 Jul 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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