William Hunter KilburnPrivate First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
23 December 1950 - 31 May 1970
Aiken, South Carolina
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The database page for William Hunter Kilburn
Hunter is my husband Howard's youngest brother.
From his sister-in-law.
A Note from The Virtual WallPfc Kilburn was killed in action two weeks after the events described in the Citation to his Navy Commendation Medal.
According to the 1/5 Marines Command Chronology for May 1970, on 31 May 1970 Alpha 1/5 conducted a sweep northwest of Alligator Lake. The Chronology reports that at
1112H - Inserted 3rd Plt Alpha into LZ (AT913502). They began to sweep southwest. While sweeping a Marine tripped a booby trap (2x60mm [mortar] rnds) killing the squad radio operator 15 meters behind him. Three Marines were medevaced (1 KIA, 2 WIA).The sweep continued after the medevac and resulted in five NVA troops killed and one captured.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 May 2006
Last updated 05/29/2006