William Ross Romano

Private First Class
Army of the United States
30 July 1946 - 12 October 1965
Lombard, Illinois
Panel 02E Line 119


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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04 Aug 2006

William, you will not be forgotten. For all of us kids in the neighborhood - you were always the "big brother".

From the kids on the block,
Arlis Brothers
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04 Aug 2006

I want to pay tribute to my brother who was one of the first eleven 1st Cav troopers to die in operation "Shiny Bayonet" which took place in October of 1965. I still miss him to this day and will always be very proud of his actions.

To my Brother, till we meet again.

From his brother,
Justin Romano
Lombard, Illinois

07 Apr 2007

To my friend, brother-in-arms, and cousin. I will never forget our childhood days and the crazy times we had together. We grew up to be men together. I still grieve today as I did when we said goodbye to you. I will never forget you.

Your Cousin,
Dr. Kenneth W. Romano

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 10 October 1965, in "Operation Shiny Bayonet", the 1st Cavalry Division initiated their first brigade-size airmobile action against the enemy. A combined U.S.-South Vietnamese force attempted to trap elements of the NVA 325th Infantry (Song Lo) Division in the Suai Ca River valley about 275 miles northeast of Saigon near An Khe in Binh Dinh Province. The 1st Cav air assault task force consisted of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 7th Cavalry; 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry; 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry and the 1st Battalion, 21st Artillery.

Eleven 1st Cav troopers died during the action:

  • HQ Company, 15th Medical Bn
    • CPT Charles F. Kane, Collingdale, PA

  • 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SSG Theodore R. Chambley, Buffalo, NY, "B" Company
    • SGT Harold M. Hambrick, Los Angeles, CA, "A" Company
    • SP4 Nestor L. Argenzio, New York, NY, "B" Company
    • PFC Edward A. Malewicz, Scotia, NY, "B" Company
    • PFC Terry T. Wright, Fort Wayne, IN, "D" Company

  • 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SGT William C. Harper, Memphis, TN, "B" Company
    • SP5 Gene W. Williams, Birmingham, AL, HQ Company
    • SP4 Fred Toins, Flint, MI, "B" Company
    • PFC William R. Romano, Lombard, IL, "B" Company
    • PFC James C. Ward, Milwaukee, WI, "B" Company

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his brother,
Justin Romano
Lombard, Illinois

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 04 Aug 2006
Last updated 04/25/2007