William Arthur Kimsey, Jr

Chief Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
09 January 1947 - 11 January 1974
Reliance, Tennessee
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William A Kimsey

Army Aviator

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

The database page for William Arthur Kimsey, Jr

21 Nov 2001

I have worn the POW/MIA bracelet of CWO William Kimsey for many years
and I have never heard anything about him other than he was a
pilot and was shot down.

I think he originated from NC or Kentucky. I have tried to contact
his family through other internet means and nothing.
I can certainly understand the reluctance especially in this day and age.
But I would at least like to give a face to my bracelet.

I currently have it wrapped around the neck
of a TY Beanie Baby called Hope! This BB gave my Mother such
comfort when she was suffering from Ovarian Cancer that I thought
it only fitting to place my bracelet on it too.

God Bless Mr. Kimsey and the U.S.A.
Suzie Redner

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 21 January 1968, Warrant Officer William A. Kimsey of the Army's 220th Recon Aviation Company and a Marine artillery observer, Captain Charles J. Ramsay (HQ Co, HQ Bn, 3rd MarDiv), launched in an O-1D Birddog spotter aircraft (tail number 57-2930). Their job was to provide spotting for a naval gunfire mission directed against a North Vietnamese antiaircraft site within the Demilitarized Zone.

While directing the ship's gunfire, WO Kimsey radioed that his aircraft had been hit by enemy fire. No further transmissions were heard. Other aircraft in the area conducted immediate search and rescue operations, but were unable to locate either the downed aircraft or its two crewmen.

On 11 January 1974, almost a year after the US POW release, the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Warrant Officer Kimsey and his status was changed from MIA to Killed in Action, Body not Recovered. Charles Ramsay was carried as MIA until 20 June 1978 and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel while in that status.

On 01 January 1998 the Vietnamese government returned two sets of human remains, and on 19 July 2001 the United States government was able to announce that the remains were those of Warrant Officer Kimsey and Captain Ramsay.

Warrant Officer Kimsey is buried in Site 6414, Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery. According to the Veterans' Administration, LtCol Charles Ramsay rests next to him.

Photo courtesy of M. R. Patterson, 23 April 2004

The point-of-contact for this memorial wore his MIA bracelet,
Suzie Redner

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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 Nov 2001
Last updated 09/19/2006