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Spec Wayland Jess Batson

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Spec Wayland Jess Batson

Buddy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayland M. Batson and attended Topsail High School where he excelled in most sports, especially baseball. Never graduating he was drafted into the Army in November of 1965 at the age of 20. He started boot camp at Fort Gordon, Georgia, on November 29 for eight weeks of training, graduating on January 21, 1966, with honors. He was one of six outstanding graduates out of two hundred and forty-five recruits and attained the highest score on the Physical Combat Proficiency Test. Buddy went home for a few days before going for specialized traning in Fort Polk, Louisiana. Just before finishing up at Fort Polk, he received orders for Vietnam. While he was at home again for a brief visit, his father died from a short illness. This delayed his deployment a couple of days. He arrived in South Vietnam on April 28, 1966, and was assigned to C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 13th Artillery, stationed at Phu Loi. C Battery was involved in several operations in Vietnam. Operation Attleboro, which began in early fall and ended around November 25, 1966, was one of the largest "search and destroy" missions of the war. The next day C Battery was to be airlifted out from an unknown location back to the Phu Loi base camp. As the C-130 began its climbout from a small plantation, it was hit with automatic weapons fire near the end of the runway. This caused the pilot to turn back and come in for a crash landing. All aboard were beaten up or injured in some way. Buddy was awarded the Purple Heart on November 29, 1966, for wounds received from this action. On the evening of April 23, 1967, Buddy and others were in the mess hall at Phu Loi celebrating going home most any day. A deranged soldier (also with C Battery) entered the area with his rifle and began shooting up the place. Buddy and Joseph Daly were killed. The deranged soldier was also killed when others tried to disarm him. He is honored on Panel 18E, Row 74 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Written by his nephew.


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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 26 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11828205
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Wayland Jess Batson (7 Apr 1945–23 Apr 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11828205, citing Barlow Vista Baptist Church Cemetery, Hampstead, Pender County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .