William H CoburnPrivate First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 12TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
26 April 1946 - 23 February 1966
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Billy BoyI never knew his smile or his laughter
I was just a tot when he died
but all my life I've heard
how he filled everyone's heart with pride.
The Army knew him as soldier
Soon his mom heard that knock at the door
He came in a box, all dressed in his finest,
He looked so good, so sweet and so fair,
Thirty six years have come and gone.
He will never know, that cousin of mine,
From a cousin,
A Note from The Virtual WallOperation Masher/White Wing was the 1st Cavalry Division's name for their part of an Allied operation conducted against main force VC and NVA units operating in southeastern Quang Ngai Province and northeastern Binh Dinh Province. The combined VC/NVA force was the Sao Vang (Gold Star) Division, and a force totalling nearly three divisions of US Army, US Marines, Korean Army, and SVN Army and Marines were staged against them.
The Allied sweep of the operation area began on 24 Jan 1966 and continued for 6 weeks, officially ending on 6 March. The 1st Cav Division mounted out its 1st and 3rd Brigades. By mid-February, the Cav had operated from the coastal areas into the interior mountains. Based on intelligence data that the 2nd VC Regiment was concentrated in the hills south and east of the Kim Son Valley, the focus of the 1st Cav Div offensive changed. On 17 Feb the 5th Cav caught the heavy weapons battalion of the 2nd VC Regiment, leading to a series of engagements over the next several days.
On 23 Feb the 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry lost 20 men in an especially hard-fought engagement:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 03 Apr 2008
Last updated 04/16/2008