"Today [November 20 2012] is the 46th anniversary of this event. It seems like yesterday to all of Billy's brothers and
sisters (there are 8 of us). I was serving in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division on that day. It took two days for
the word to get to me. I was assigned as Billy's escort officer to get him home. I have said many times that the toughest
thing I have ever done was to hand Billy's flag to our father at the funeral."
"Billy is buried in the family plot in Peekskill, New York, not in Arlington. He is with our two great uncles who died in WWI,
and our parents. Our father was a doctor who went into Normandy on D-Day. Our cousin,
William Timothy Dorsey (who is listed
alphabetacally next to Billy in the Wall directory), was also killed in Vietnam."
"Our youngest brother joined the Marines
after Billy was killed. He was in Vietnam in 1969 when I was. He ultimately joined and retired from the Army. Two of our
sons are in the service. One is a reservist and is deployed on his third tour. The youngest is in Special Forces and is
preparing for his fifth tour, including the First Gulf War. Seems that some things just keep on going. My Ranger buddy,
2nd Lt Neil Kroger, and several other members of our Ranger class were killed in the
Ia Drang Valley in November, 1965."
"I had my company in an ambush position in 1969, during my second tour, when I could see the lights and explosions of a
battle in the 1st Cav AO. Captain William R Black and several of his men were killed
that night when a gunship returning
from re-arming and re-fueling mistook their strobe light for and enemy mortar position. It was several weeks before I
found out that Bill had been involved in that battle. My wife attended his funeral at West Point. Bill and I had been
Ranger instructors together at Fort Benning between tours."
"My wife and I visited Vietnam in 1999 with a group of other veterans. We visited the Ia Drang and said a prayer for
all those who died there in 1965. We visited Chu Lai and held a small memorial service for Billy and the other Marines.
While we knew most of details of Billy's death, the information you provided is the most detailed info about the exact
location. Thank you. My wife and I were in that general area, close enough to feel the spirit."
"Two of my sisters, and my wife and I attended the first reunion of F/2-1 in Virginia Beach in 2009. We got to meet
many of the Marines Billy had served with, including the company commander who had written "the letter" to our father."
"It continues to amaze me how the threads of Vietnam continue to weave. I know you understand this, or you would not be doing
the work you are doing. Thank you."
- - John Dorsey, Brother, November 20, 2012.