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WO William Warren “Bill” Wieburg

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WO William Warren “Bill” Wieburg

  • Birth 19 Aug 1946 Havana, Mason County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 10 Mar 1968 Vietnam
  • Burial Havana, Mason County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot 31-23.
  • Memorial ID 41058054

WILLIAM WARREN WIEBURG, WARRANT OFFICER FIRST, U.S. ARMY, ODESSA, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Army Aviator Wings, Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

William Warren Wieberg was born in Havana, Illinois. He was the oldest child of three children, a younger brother and a younger sister born to Donnie Craggs and Donald G. Wieburg. He was a 1964 graduate of Roswell High School, Roswell, New Mexico. After high school, his family located to Odessa, Texas where his father was a police officer with the City of Odessa.

He joined the the U.S. Army from Odessa, Texas for the Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Training. He completed basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and then started his rotary wing training at Fort Wolters, Texas near Mineral Wells. He was in Class 67-3. Upon completion of his basic rotary wing training, he was transferred to Fort Rucker, Alabama where he completed the secondary and advanced phases and was commissioned as Warrant Officer 1 to fly UH-1 Huey Helicopters.

He began his tour in Vietnam November 2, 1967 and was assigned the 61st Air Assault Company, 17th Aviation Group, First Aviation Brigade. On March 10, 1968, he was the aircraft commander of a UH-1H, tail number 66-16330. The crew was called out in bad weather to fly a "Arc Lite" mission to aid troops who were taking sniper fire. WO1 Wieburg was the aircraft commander and at first refused the mission, citing weather concerns, however, he was ordered to make the flight. Although able to counterman the orders, he chose to fly the mission anyway. The aircraft was loaded with 51 flares. The aircraft took off and hung a skid on concertina wire and the aircraft went out of control, seen to be making a descending right turn, crashed and burned. All four occupants on the aircraft were killed. Due to the damage of the aircraft, the cause of the crash, was determined to be non-hostile based upon witness statements. The initial notification by the Army indicated that the aircraft had been shot down, however, the status was changed to non-hostile, accidental crash.

WO1 Wieburg was 21 years old and he was buried with full military honors in Havana, Illinois. He was survived by his parents of Odessa, Texas; brother, Michael who was serving in the Marine Corp and his sister Patty Sue who was a student at Permian High School in Odessa.

His parents are now deceased and rest next to him. His brother, Michael, passed away in 1991 in Galveston, Texas, his mother in February 1992 in Houston, Texas and his father in 2001 in Longview, Texas. He is survived by his sister, Patty H. Nichols of Longview, Texas.

His name is on the Wall at Panel 44E Line 012.



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  • Created by: Billy M. Brown
  • Added: 24 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41058054
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for WO William Warren “Bill” Wieburg (19 Aug 1946–10 Mar 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41058054, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Havana, Mason County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Billy M. Brown (contributor 46859520) .