William Milam Harrison

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
16 November 1943 - 06 February 1969
Pecos, Texas
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Army Aviator

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Milam Harrison

2 Nov 2004

William M. Harrison was a 1963 graduate of Pecos High School, Pecos, Texas. He entered the Warrant Officer Rotary Flight Program when he enlisted in the Army in 1966. He trained at Fort Polk, Lousiana, for basic, Rotary Flight through Fort Wolters, Texas, and Fort Rucker Alabama. Upon completion he was commissioned a Warrant Officer One. He started his tour in Vietnam on March 7, 1968 and he was killed, and two others were injured, by hostile fire as his helicopter was on the ground on February 6, 1969, one month before the end of his tour. He is remembered by his community and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown

05 Dec 2005

The photos were provided by his sister, Brylene Paulsen of Odessa, Texas. They are his Basic Training picture and as a PFC in Germany.

Billy M. Brown

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
20 Jan 2005

We will never forget you guys.

From the Veterans of the 134th Assault Helicopter Company.
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 134th Assault Helicopter Company lost two men on 06 Feb 1969:
  • WO William M. Harrison, Pecos, Texas
  • SP4 William S. Ogden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The 134th AHC history describes the action as follows:
"On 6 February 1969, the 134th conducted a Combat Assault with ROK units near Phan Rang. At the landing zone, the VC were waiting in spider holes for the incoming aircraft. The lead ship was hit by ground fire and crashed in the LZ while another (66-16326) was destroyed by a B-40 rocket as it landed. CW2 William M. Harrison, the AC with 24 days left in country, was killed by shrapnel from the B-40. The crew chief, SP4 John Baxter, was hit numerous pieces of shrapnel and also took a hit in a leg that had to later be amputated. The last ship (66-16319) in the 3 ship formation went around the crashed lead ship. As it did, it was hit by a hail of fire and a round hit the gunner, PFC William Ogden, in the neck killing him instantly. The rest of the crew somehow escaped serious jury and managed to get the badly damaged ship back to Phan Rang Air Base."

From the
unofficial 134th AHC history

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
2 Nov 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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