William D Sizemore

Sergeant First Class
Army of the United States
13 March 1933 - 28 June 1967
Augusta, Georgia
Panel 22E Line 081

Combat Infantry, 2nd Award

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, WW II Occupation (2 awards), Korean Service, Vietnam Service, UN Korean Service, RoK Service Medal, RVN Campaign Medal

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29 Dec 2001

My father, SFC William D. Sizemore and First Lieutenant Anthony J. Borrego were killed by mortar fire during an ambush on Highway 14 south of Dak To in Kontum Province on June 28,1967. My Dad and 1st Lt. Borrego were part of Advisory Team #23 attached to the 2/42 ARVN Regiment. They were engaged in Operation Greeley with elements of the 1st Cavalry Divison and 173rd Airborne Brigade.

SFC W D Sizemore My Dad had been in the Army for sixteen years and had earned his first Combat Infantryman's Badge with 1/8 Cavalry in Korea. In his last letter to my Mom, Dad wrote that "The V.C. were really stirring up a hornet's nest" and that for now "No news was good news". On June 30, 1967, news arrived and it was not good. My sister and two brothers and I had just been called in for lunch and someone knocked at the front door. My mother went to answer the door and moments later we heard my mother begin to scream in anguish. We peeked into the living room and saw a man in uniform and knew we no longer had a father.

My Dad had been killed on his eighteenth day in country. It took eleven days for his body to arrive for the funeral. My mother was a strong person, but I worried about her being able to cope with the loss of my Dad. She was proud to be a military spouse but nothing could have prepared her for being a young widow with four children.

SizemoreWD01d After the funeral, we left Fort Gordon, Georgia, and moved near my grandparents. We learned very quickly that it was easier to fit in if you hid the fact your father was killed in Vietnam. The anti-war movement was growing and people were "uncomfortable" with the fact that fathers, husbands and sons were dying in Vietnam. Even within our own family the subject of our Dad's death was too painful to openly discuss. We were proud of our father and his devotion to his duty and his country. We had to accept the fact that for many years our fellow citizens would not share this pride.

My Dad was a fine man who loved his family and this country. He was the best this country could offer. We should all be proud that men like my Dad are prepared to die for the freedoms and rights we enjoy as Americans. Men like my father are very special and they are irreplaceable. We must never forget that our way of life is courtesy of men like my father.

Finally, I would like to say a long overdue "Welcome Home" to all veterans who returned from Vietnam.

From a proud son,
Gary D. Sizemore

Sons & Daughters in Touch
04 May 2005

I do know you Gary, and your Father would have been proud of your achievements. I will find Captain John A. Fitch for you and have him contact you if you still are looking for him. Please let me know, as I have no way of knowing whether you have ever found him. Thanks, Jim Wheeler, Mel Jones' cousin. It is the least I can do.

Jim Wheeler
984 Garver Road, Middletown, Ohio 45044

24 Jun 2005

I have met his son and his Father would be very proud.

I am proud. It inspires me to thank you.

From an SDIT "brother",
P J Villegas
Proud son of Daniel John Villegas, US Army

14 Jul 2006

Even though I never met my grandfather I love him very much and I know that he truly was a great person and was loved very much and was happy that he died serving his country.

From his granddaughter,
Carey Sizemore

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The ambush south of Dak To cost the lives of nine American soldiers:
  • Adv Team 23, Hq, Macv Advisors, MACV
  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cav Rgt, 1 Cav Div, USARV
    • CPT Graham N. Lowdon, Wilmington, DE, Company Commander
    • 1LT Geoffrey L. Ham, Ivyland, PA
    • SP4 Rodger T. Gross, Godfrey, IL
    • PFC Roger L. Blake, Baltimore, MD
    • PFC Thomas E. Broome, Sun Prairie, WI
    • PFC Walter N. Locher, Lame Deer, MT
    • PFC Kenneth M. Wright, Alton, IL
Although SFC Sizemore was killed in the ambush, 1LT Anthony J. Borrego was not. Very seriously wounded, Borrego survived the ambush itself but died of his injuries a week afterwards, on 05 July 1967.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 Dec 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009