William Byard HollowellCaptain
1ST BN, 5TH ARTILLERY, 1 INF DIV
Army of the United States
14 April 1932 - 24 March 1967
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The database page for William Byard Hollowell
It has been so long since you went away and we have missed you every minute of every day. So many of our family have joined you - Mother, Dad, Alice, George, and Doris. Every time I come to Arlington I have to smile that your grave overlooks the Pentagon where you once worked and now it overlooks the Air Force Memorial too.
Wish that you could have seen all of your nephews and nieces and your Elisa and KathySue's children. Just a few lines to say how proud I am of you and those who served with you. We love you and keep you in our hearts forever.
Your Sister, Ruth Anne
Ruth Anne Larr
The following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, October 30, 2007:
From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
A Note from The Virtual Wall
Captain Hollowell received his commission through the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, with Class 22-52. The photo above shows him at that time.
The casualty database says that Captain Hollowell died on 24 March 1967 from injuries received in a helicopter accident but gives neither the date he was injured nor the location. A friend, LTC Richard Rouse, US Army (Ret), has advised that Hollowell was injured on 17 March 1967 when he accompanied the Commander, 1st Bde, 1st Inf Div, on a visit to a newly constructed Special Forces camp. On completion of the visit, as their helo lifted off in heavy dust the pilots lost visual orientation and the helo crashed. Captain Hollowell was hospitalized at the 24th Evacuation Hospital, where he died on 24 March.
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Assn database contains the following entry:
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-15764Although the injured passenger is not identified it seems likely that it was Captain Hollowell ... there is no record of a similar incident between 16 and 18 March inclusive.
Colonel Rouse's recollection - not a certainty, but a recollection - is that the incident occurred at the Bu Dop Special Forces Camp in Phuoc Long Province.
Bill Hollowell and Richard Rouse, Vietnam
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 06 Jun 2008
Last updated 06/16/2008