William Anthony Evans

Army of the United States
04 October 1948 - 02 March 1969
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Anthony Evans

21 Mar 2002

Billy Evans

I am the youngest amongst 8 children. Billy was the oldest.

He left behind three brothers, Alan, Mark and Steve, AND four sisters,
Alice, Sherri, Nancy and me (Laura).

Our father is deceased. Our mother, Eva G. Helffelfinger, is alive and well.

Unfortunately being the youngest born in 1961, I have few memories of my endearing brother, and those were when he came home on leave. Our family misses him dearly and there isn't a day that goes by that he isn't thought of.

I would also like to clarify that Billy originally enlisted in 1967 and re-enlisted in the Special Forces Unit after his initial term was up.

Billy is also remembered on the VVMF site

From his sister,
Laura J. Pavlock (Evans)

29 May 2006

Thank you for serving in our Armed Forces.
You are missed in Milwaukee.

From a student,

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Team leader Sergeant William Evans and SP4 Michael May were part of an eleven man team conducting a mission inside Cambodia. They were operating as an element of MACV-SOG, B-50 ("Project Omega"). Working with the 11-man American team was an unspecified number of ARVN troops.

After insertion by helicopter, the team proceeded toward its objective. As they approached a tree line, they came under heavy fire from their front and left flank. The team fell back 60 meters to higher ground and formed a defensive perimeter. The enemy force, estimated to be battalion-sized, followed.

Gunships were called in to repel the enemy advance, but were forced to depart as afternoon drew to a close. The enemy continued to attack the Special Forces team. A projectile, possibly a B-40 rocket, exploded directly over the team's position resulting in wounds to 8 of the 11 Americans. Evans sustained a lethal head wound and died shortly thereafter. May received multiple wounds to the head and chest and died 30 minutes later. The surviving members of the team moved about 60 meters from the area, leaving behind the remains of Evans, May, and three ARVN team members.

Although the remainder of the SF/RVN force was evacuated, recovery of the dead was not practical. Evans and May were classified Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. As of 21 March 2002, their remains have not been repatriated.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Laura J. Pavlock (Evans)

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 21 Mar 2002
Last updated 06/03/2006