|Birth: ||Oct. 4, 1948|
Spring Valley (Adams County)
|Death: ||Mar. 2, 1969, Cambodia|
SGT E5. KIA/Body not recovered. Military Assistance Comand Vietnam (MACV), SOG, B-56 Project Sigma on loan to B-50 Project Omega, Recon Team #1.
Home of Record: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
SGT Evans was featured in the June 27, 1969 LIFE magazine cover article entitled "The Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam: One Week's Toll."
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: Panel 30W, Line 012.
From: A Note from the Virtual Wall:
Team Leader Sergeant William Evans and SP4 Michael May were part of an eleven man team conducting a mission inside Cambodia. They were operating as an element of MACV-SOG, B-50 ("Project Omega"). Working with the 11-man American team was an unspecified number of ARVN troops.
After insertion by helicopter, the team proceeded toward its objective. As they approached a tree line, they came under heavy fire from their front and left flank. The team fell back 60 meters to higher ground and formed a defensive perimeter. The enemy force, estimated to be battalion-sized, followed.
Gunships were called in to repel the enemy advance, but were foreced to depart as afternoon drew to a close. The enemy continued to attack the Special Forces team. A projectile, possible a B-40 rocket, exploded directly over the team's position resulting in wounds to 8 of the 11 Americans. Evans sustained a lethal head wound and died shortly thereafter. May received multiple wounds to the head and chest and died 30 minutes later. The surviving members of the team moved about 60 meters from the area, leaving behind the remains of Evans, May, and three ARVN tear members.
Although the reamainder of the SF/RVN force was evacuated, recovery of the dead was not practical. Evans and May were classified KIA/Body Not Recoverd. As of 21 March 2002, their remains have not been repatriated. PFC Evans is memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial (see #60603089).
Note: A cenotaph for Willia Evans is at Honolulu Memorial; Find A Grave memorial 60603089
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: MIA in Cambodia
Created by: GravesScribe
Record added: Aug 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57128317
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