William Marshall Price

First Lieutenant
VMA(AW)-533, MAG-15, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
24 August 1945 - 04 March 1975
Kewanee, Illinois
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Naval Flight Officer

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

The database page for William Marshall Price

21 Dec 2001

Following the 1972 Spring Offensive by the North Vietnamese, the United States began a concerted bombing campaign against North Vietnam and the NVA-occupied areas of Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam.

On October 12, 1972, Captain John R. Peacock, pilot, and 1Lt William M. Price, bombardier-navigator, were assigned a combat mission over North Vietnam. Their last known location was about 15 miles west of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. When the aircraft failed to return to base, the two were listed as Missing in Action.

Peacock and Price were not acknowledged as POWs by the North Vietnamese, and they were not released with the American POWs in the spring of 1973. A presumptive finding of "Died while Missing" eventually was issued for both men. Their remains have not been repatriated (Dec 2001).

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Although an American citizen, William Price is reported to have family roots in Canada.

Hal and Maddy Laffin

08 April 2002

Although I didn't know Lt. Price, I wear his MIA bracelet.
One of the many who gave it all in the pursuit of an ideal, the ideal of freedom.
May you find peace Lt. Price, wherever you are.

F. Martinez

21 Feb 2002

You learn the REAL meaning of being AMERICAN
When you serve your country.
I wear a POW/MIA bracelet
and will remember William M Price.

Daniel V. Mackey

Memorial Day 2002

I knew his dad; he was very proud of his son.

Bill Miranda

21 Nov 2002

I proudly wear his MIA Bracelet. He is home in the hearts of many Americans.


11 Apr 2004

I knew Marshall when we served together at Cherry Point for a short while before I left for WestPac where I served as a Bombardier-Navigator with VMA(AW)-533 at the Rose Garden. I rotated back to the world before Marshall arrived at the Rose Garden.

From a squadronmate,
Steve Akey

16 Mar 2005

I also wear a MIA bracelet for 1stLt William Price. Although I was only 5 when he went missing, I feel the need to keep the past alive so that it doesn't get "lost" in all the craziness of today. With time marching on yesterday needs a new voice to carry the torch and I need to be there. To 1stLt Price, Captain Peacock, and all the vets - I thank you.

S. Souchik

28 May 2006

Lt. W. M Price (Marshall to his family) was my cousin. His father was a bombardier in Lancaster bombers with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. In 1974 I enlisted in the Canadian Navy to honour Marshall's memory. I served for 21 years and retired as a Lieutenant (Navy) with the Special Investigations Unit (the Canadian equivalent of the NCIS). I considered it a tribute to Marshall to have served my country just as he did.

At the going down of the sun
and in the morning,
we shall remember them.
From "For the Fallen"
Laurence Binyon
September 1914

Richard Clarke

19 Oct 2006

I knew Lieutenant W. M. Price and Captain Peacock at the "Rose Garden" 1972-73. Besides being a pilot, Lt Price was my officer in charge of the metal shop until we lost him. I was a new staff sergeant in the shop and worked for him. I can still see his smiling face. He was always hanging around talking to us and helping where ever he could. He was very approachable and liked to joke with the men. Sometimes Captain Peacock would join in on the fun. We were all young! I can only tell you that it was a painful loss for all of us. Both of these officers we good men, may God keep them. I know they are in heaven for they were flying an A-6.

From a Marine friend,
M/SGT Eloy Reyes
USMC - Ret.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

As noted above, 1stLt John R. Peacock and 1stLt William M. Price departed Nam Phong Air Base, Thailand, (aka the Rose Garden) in A-6A BuNo 155700 on a night low-level armed reconnaissance mission over southern North Vietnam. When they did not return both men were classed as missing in action and remained in that status until the Secretary of the Navy approved Presumptive Findings of Death - Price on 04 Mar 1975 and Peacock on 25 Feb 1976. Their remains have not been repatriated.

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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 Dec 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009