William Neil Flint

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
12 June 1947 - 09 February 1968
Naples, Florida
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Neil Flint

02 Nov 2003

Sergeant Flint was a fellow squad leader in my platoon in Vietnam and he was killed in action after I came home. He wanted me to come to Naples, Florida, his home town when he got home, to go Gator hunting and ride in his swamp buggy and airboat. I so wish we could have had that chance. I miss you all so much! I will never forget the night Woody was killed in action and you tried to save me from getting KIA as I only had about 3 weeks left in Nam. I remember you grabbing my straps and pulling me back twice and the second time you asked me if you had to deck me to keep me back in the rear!

I talked with Sgt Wayne Carlton and he told me how you were KIA trying to help someone else who was in trouble. Such a great and caring young man you were. Sort of reminds me of how I felt myself - always looking out for my men. I had a guardian Angel looking after me over there and I guess I had more to do here on earth, my friend. Not a day goes by that I don't remember you all. I talked with your sister Tammy and finally got a picture of you to send to her. I wrote your brother but he never answered so I guess he is still having problems with your loss. I think we all do.

God Bless You, Sergeant Flint, and Thank You for all of the wonderful memories I have of you. I shall never forget you, my friend.

Timothy L. Martin
(Sergeant Marty) D/2/1
Millersburg, Ohio 44654-8445

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The Tet Offensive began in late January 1968 and heavy fighting continued through February. In Quang Nam Province, the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry, lost twelve men near Lo Giang on 09 Feb 1968:
  • A Company:
    • SSG Donald J. Haile, Caldwell, ID
    • PFC John J. Palmieri, Riverside, CT

  • B Company:
    • SGT Willis C. Rheault, Lake Linden, MI

  • C Company:
    • SSG Donald D. Alvis, Hope, IN
    • SSG Norbert P. Holzapfel, Pittsburgh, PA
    • SGT Alfred H. Bleigh, Sutton, WV
    • PFC Joseph P. Conklin, Haverstraw, NY
    • PFC Gerald P. Williams, Oakland, CA

  • D Company:
    • SSG William N. Flint, Naples, FL
    • SGT Lauren J. Heydinger, Norwalk, OH
    • CPL Darrel A. Bondrowski, Boothwyn, PA
    • CPL Ronald L. Brown, Portsmouth, VA
The Virtual Wall's Battle of Lo Giang page gives a description of the action and a full listing of the 54 US Marines, sailors, and soldiers who died at Lo Giang on 08-09 Feb 1968.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow Squad Leader and personal friend,
Timothy L. Martin
5605 State Route 60, Millersburg, Ohio 44654-8445

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 2 Nov 2003
Last updated 03/06/2008