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Wilmer Thomas "Bill" Lutz
Birth: Nov. 20, 1936
Baltimore
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 1968
Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

LUTZ, WILMER THOMAS "Bill"
Military Service
Panel: 38W
Row: 012
Branch: ARMY Rank: MSG
Tour Date: 09/16/67 Casualty Date: 11/19/1968
Country: SOUTH VIETNAM Province: DARLAC Personal

When they first came and told the family they said that Bill had been killed in action, they brought his Purple Heart to my sister and etc. The Army came back the next day and said that Bill had been killed by Friendly Fire and took back the Purple Heart and gave my sister a Bronze Star along with his promotion.
The friendly fire was a soldier who was disgruntled with his superior officers and threw a grenade into the tent where they were having a meeting.
What happened to the soldier, not much!

You will find that he is listed as being murdered at Fragging in Vietnam!
"Murder of Sergeant First Class Wilmer T. Lutz (CID Report of Investigation 68-CID348-60141): "Investigation disclosed that about 2005 hrs, 18 November 1968, at the compound of Company B, 70th Engineer Battalion, Darlac Province, RVN, person(s) unknown detonated two hand grenades outside the unit orderly room tent, fatally injuring Lutz." An enlisted man was overheard saying "Lutz got it and I hope he dies" but no further evidence was found and the case remains unsolved"
http://fragginginvietnam.com/Unsolved.html

Bill was honored by:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
By placing a microchip in space in the STARDUST Spacecraft and as a special tribute all the names off the VIETNAM WALL War Memorial in Washington, DC.
The plan of the two sets of chips are one will remain in space in the STARDUST spacecraft which will continue to orbit the Sun after the mission. The other set of chips will be returned to Earth in the Sample Return Capsule. Plans are to place the returned microchips in a major museum, most likely the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Violet Simpson Lutz (1936 - 2014)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sunnyside Cemetery
Beaver Dam
Ohio County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Karen
Record added: Jan 26, 2009
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Aug. 21, 2013
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Dec. 2, 2012
Happy Birthday dear Bro in law of mine. May you be at peace today of all days. Miss & love you much.
- Karen
 Added: Nov. 20, 2012
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