William Daniels Meara, Jr
B CO, 2ND BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
13 July 1943 - 02 November 1968
Mount Holly, New Jersey
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The database page for William Daniels Meara, Jr
12 Jul 2000
My husband, Bill Meara, proudly gave his life for his country.
He was a fine, loyal, patriotic, and wonderful person.
I will always love him.
I still miss him every day.
A Note from The Virtual Wall
B Company 2/7 Cav lost two men on 02 Nov 1968. Captain Meara's Citation for the Distinguished Service Cross describes the circumstances:
The President of the United States|
takes pride in presenting the
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
WILLIAM DANIELS MEARA JR.
for service as set forth in the following
United States Army
For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Captain Meara distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 2 November 1968 while commanding his company on a reconnaissance-in-force-mission south of Landing Zone Billie. As his unit was returning to the landing zone, one platoon suddenly came under intense fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force and was severed completely from the remainder of the company. Captain Meara immediately turned his lead elements around to go to the aid of the besieged platoon. Approaching the battle area, the relief column also came under heavy small arms fire from enemy bunkers to their front. Captain Meara deployed his troops and moved among their positions, directing their fire, shouting words of encouragement and checking for casualties. After he had prepared his company for an attack, he and his point man led an assault on the first bunker in their path. Firing their weapons and hurling grenades, they charged and destroyed the emplacement, killing its occupants. Despite the fierce hostile fire, the two men continued their furious onslaught until the point man was felled by sniper fire as they advanced on another fortification. Captain Meara instantly placed a heavy volley on the communists and attempted to reach his comrade. Braving the enemy barrage, he courageously persisted in his efforts until he was mortally wounded. Captain Meara's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the coast of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
The "point man" mentioned in Captain Meara's Citation was CPL Frank J. Yokes of Detroit, Michigan.
With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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