A Note from The Virtual Wall
The photograph and the following comments are taken from the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial site:
William Thomas Vohringer, referred to as "Country", a nickname he received from his fellow soldiers while in Vietnam, was born May 6, 1943 in Camden, New Jersey. William is the son of Catherine G. Gumbrell and Otto Robert Vohringer. He had nine brothers - Robert, George, Otto, Ernest, Charles, Neil, James, Richard and Kenneth - and five sisters - Jean, Catherine, Alice, Susan and Gloria.
William graduated from Lenape Regional High School in Medford, NJ in 1961. Soon after, William entered the US Army and began his tour in Vietnam on November 7, 1969. Vohringer attained the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSGT/E6) and served in Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.
On December 15, 1969, Vohringer was hit by mortar fire while in combat in South Vietnam and died from his wounds on March 15, 1970. He is listed as killed in action.
He left behind his fianc�, Prisicilla Colantro, in San Francisco, CA.
His family laid him to rest at Greenwood Cemetery in Millville, NJ.
Vohringer received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Infantryman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial consists of 365 marble panels, one for each day of the year with each panel containing the names of the New Jersey men who died on that day. The panel for 15 March has nine names:
- SP4 George E. Snodgrass, Pompton Lakes, C Co, 1st Bn, 5th Infantry, US Army
- SP4 Franklin C. Armento, Irvington, A Trp, 2nd Sqdn, 1st Cavalry, US Army
- SSgt Paul L. Woodard, Camden, A Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marines, USMC
- Cpl Frank A. Cancelliere, Belleville, B Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marines, USMC
- PVT William Jackson, Bayonne, C Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Infantry, US Army, (Dist Svc Cross)
- SP5 John W. Price, Westfield, 175th Assault Helicopter Company, US Army
- CPL Timothy Z. Borden, Trenton, A Co, 1st Bn, 52nd Infantry, US Army
- SSG William T. Vohringer, Vincentown, A Co, 1st Bn, 35th Infantry, US Army
- Sgt James Bingenheimer, Atlantic City, A Co, 1st Recon Bn, USMC (Silver Star)