William Arnold Ketchum, Jr

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
15 March 1951 - 29 November 1970
Littlerock, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Arnold Ketchum, Jr

29 Oct 2001

"And they who for their country die
Shall fill an honored grave,
For glory lights the soldier's tomb,
And beauty weeps the brave."
Joseph Drake

William Arnold Ketchum, Jr,
Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps,
rests in Plot R 396,
Santa Fe National Cemetery,
Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico,
with other men of courage and integrity.

A memorial from a friend,
Rey Gamez
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02 Nov 2001

I went to High School with Bill Ketchum. He was a quiet and very kind person. We were friends, not just two kids that shared a few classes. He could be funny, but then aren't most boys funny when they are only 15-16 years old? The point is, he left a lasting impression on me when I was 16. The world would have been a bit brighter with him in it ... now Heaven is. God bless all the young men and women that gave their lives in Viet Nam ... and all the ones who made it home.

From a friend,
Theresa Pridgeon Dodge

25 May 2007

I served with Ketchum and was with him when he was killed. We were all on patrol that day. He didn't know what hit him when he stepped on the land mine (bouncing betty).

Ketchum was a good Marine, a man with wild hair who liked to read. He had a great sense of humor.

From a friend,
Larry Holstein
Sandyville, West Virginia 25275

30 May 2007

I was a friend of Bill. I served with him in Viet Nam. I met Bill when he first arrived in country. We were in the same squad.

I can't think of Vietnam without thinking of Bill. I have some photos.

From a friend and fellow Marine,
James Turner
992 Wake Dr. Westerville Oh 43082

23 Aug 2007

Dear Willy Bill, I looked so long and hard to find you, Brother. You were with us such a short time. All of us, your fellow Marines, were shocked at your untimely death. We all had a very deep void in our hearts and souls at the time of your passing. I can't speak for the rest of the guys but I think of you very often.

My heart goes out to your family and friends for their loss and I hope that they all know that our prayers went home with you. I know deep in my heart that you are in a much better place now on the right hand of God.

You saw a lot In your short time on earth and I know you could have been and done a lot of good for your world as you tried to make a difference in South Vietnam.

My very best wishes go out to your family and friends and may you never be forgotten.

Semper Fi, Brother

Your friend and buddy,
Robert L. Fugate
Vietnam 70-71

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The 1st Military Police Battalion's Command Chronology for November 1970 contains the following entry:

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 Oct 2001
Last updated 11/16/2007