William Lee Terrell

United States Marine Corps
31 December 1945 - 06 March 1968
Chickamauga, GA
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William L Terrell

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Lee Terrell

3d Platoon, Alpha Co, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines

To the memory and honor of my brother, Corporal William L.Terrell. Even though still missed along with others that served, he is missed but not forgotten. As we were taught if you are remmenbered after death you did not live or die in vain, with this being said you are thought of often and you gave so much of yourself along with your life. This time there is something especially for you.

Miss you and love you and proud of you.
The family,
mother, Virginia L. Terrell
and the family of his sister
Carrie L. Merrick

Bill's last Christmas at his Grandmother's house with her five oldest grandsons.
Kneeling: Kenneth and Charles Shaw.
Standing: D.C., Bobby Sharder, Bill Terrell.
  Bill with high school friends enjoying a warm summer day in Georgia.

Bill's last day at home before leaving for Vietnam.  
Mr. and Mrs William David Terrell.

Please also view
the memorial page made by Bill's sister Carrie .

A note from The Virtual Wall

On 06 March 1968, a C-123K PROVIDER, tail number 54-0590, was conducting a personnel transport mission from Danang to the besieged combat base at Khe Sanh. The aircraft carried a crew of four and a number of passengers.

On arrival, the C-123 was forced into a go-around situation after a small plane landed in front of it. During the go-around the C-123 was hit in the right turbine by enemy ground fire and crashed in flames outside the defensive perimeter.

Due to enemy action, the crash site could not be reached until 25 March 1968, when Echo Company 2/3 Marines located the wreckage. Search parties went back on 26 April, 24 June, and 3 July, and on each occasion recovered human remains, dog tags and other identification. The remaining wreckage was demolished prior to the departure of the last search party.

Only 19 of the men aboard could be individually identified, and no evidence of two men known to be aboard could be found amongst the recovered material. The remains of the individually unidentified men were buried at Jefferson Barracks near Saint Louis.

Further information and the names of those who died in the crash are available on our memorial page at C-123 Down!

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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