William Ordell Saunders, Jr
Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
Tulare, California
June 05, 1948 to January 13, 1968
WILLIAM O SAUNDERS Jr is on the Wall at Panel 34E, Line 45

Combat Action Ribbon
William O Saunders
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12 Dec 2004

I never knew him.
I wish I had.

From a niece,
Kristina Saunders


A Note from The Virtual Wall

Shortly before noon on 13 Jan 1968 a convoy enroute from Thon Son Lam to Ca Lu in Quang Tri Province encountered an estimated company of North Vietnamese, who promptly attacked the convoy with mortar fire, rocket propelled grenades, and small arms fire.

In the initial moments of the contact one of the trucks carrying 81mm mortar ammunition exploded, scattering smoldering ammunition along the road and surrounding area. Simultaneously, another truck was disabled by a rocket propelled grenade, blocking the road and halting the rear portion of the convoy. The convoy escort, India 3/9, dismounted and engaged the enemy force. The forward part of the convoy continued to Ca Lu, picked up Lima 3/9, and returned to the site of the meeting engagement. Artillery and air strikes were directed against the NVA, while additional ground forces began moving toward the area. As the Marine firepower built up, the NVA withdrew into the hills on either side of Highway 9 but by the time the fighting stopped eighteen Marines and one sailor were dead:

  • C Co, 3rd Shore Party Bn
    • Pfc Charles S. Sickler, Ewan, NJ

  • D Co, 9th Eng Bn
    • LCpl Robert J. Molossi, Daly City, CA

  • H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 9th Marines
    • 2ndLt Michael T. George, Erie, PA
    • LCpl Arthur Bustamante, San Fernando, CA
    • HN Dennis K. Rice, Phoenix, AZ

  • I Co, 3rd Bn, 9th Marines
    • 1stLt Alfred B. Russ, Peterborough, NH
    • Cpl Robert A. Jackson, Providence, RI
    • Cpl Lewis J. Parker, Gates, NC
    • LCpl Edward Sanchez, Los Angeles, CA
    • Pfc Rudolph J. Bielek, North Braddock, PA
    • Pfc Ernest Howard, Memphis, TN
    • Pfc Bruce A. Morrison, Proctor, VT
    • Pfc William O. Saunders, Tulare, CA

  • L Co, 3rd Bn, 9th Marines
    • LCpl Jackie R. McElwee, Sidney, IL
    • Pfc Mark A. Lamprecht, Douglas, AZ
    • Pfc Harold L. Schreckengost, Rural Valley, PA

  • M Co, 3rd Bn, 9th Marines
    • Pfc Gerald A. Hiukka, Albany, OR
    • Pfc Eugene Law, Linden, NJ

  • Trans Co, 9th Motor Trans Bn

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