35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  SP4 William Hugh Gardner Jr.    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"

2nd 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, SP4 William Hugh Gardner Jr., who died in the service of his country on August 2nd, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death William was 26 years of age. He was from Montgomery, Alabama. William is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 09E, Line 97.

The decorations earned by SP4 William Hugh Gardner Jr. 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.


We ran around together in the 50's and early 60's. Hung out in Montgomery at school,, and the Cloverland drug store, after school.Smoking cigarettes,wearing our ducktail haircuts,stealing watermelons,and anything we could get into. Billy and I were in the same Sunday school class.Walked out of church with you,, one day,right before you joined up,, and never saw you again,, until it came out in the paper about what had happened, along with your picture in full combat uniform and weapons you were holding...I miss you my friend, I miss you alot Rod Moody