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  SSG William Leonard Greenwell    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Delta Company
1st Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SSG William Leonard Greenwell, who died in the service of his country on February 16th, 1968 in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Booby Trap. At the time of his death William was 26 years of age. He was from Johnson City, Tennessee. William is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 39E, Line 60.

The decorations earned by SSG William Leonard Greenwell include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

William was killed by BOOBY-TRAPPED 105MM ROUND, 5 KM SOUTH OF DIEN BAN. Field map grid BT 060534

(From His Obituary)

Sgt. E7 William L Greenwell, 26, son of Mrs. Margaret Greenwell, Rt 9, Jonesboro, has been killed in action in Vietnam.

Sgt. Greenwell had been in the armed forces for eight years, four of which were with the U.S. Marines. He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1959.

A native of Carter County, Sgt. Greenwell attended Hampton High School and graduated from University High School. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Survivors other than his mother are the widow Joyce S. of Westminister, CA. and two brothers, Bobby Allen and Bruce Jr.

Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethon, TN is in charge of the body upon its return

SSG Greenwell is buried in Whitehead Cemetery, Butler, TN. He had prior RVN service with B,1/35th and was also wounded on May 18,1967.