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Websterís Fallen from the Vietnam War

WILLIAM JOSEPH CYR

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  October 22, 1945

Birth Place:  Webster, Massachusetts

Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Roman Catholic

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

Fatherís Name:  Paul F. Cyr

Motherís Name:  Josephine (Piasta) Wagner

Sibling Names: Kenneth, Paul F. Jr., Mrs. Eugene (Cyr) Bressler

Marital Status:  Single

Education:

Schools Attended:  Bartlett High School, Webster, Massachusetts

High School Diploma: 1964

Selective Service Data:

SSS Local Board Number:  170

SSS Local Board Location:  Southbridge, Massachusetts

Military Service Record:

Entry Date:  June 30, 1965

Entry Mode:  Enlistment

Entry Location:  Springfield, Massachusetts to Lackland AFB Texas

Home of Record:  Webster, Massachusetts

Service Branch:   Air Force                   

Service Component:  Regular                      

Rank:  Sergeant

Rank Abbrev:   SGT

Pay Grade:  E4         

MOS:  81150                 

MOS Title:   Security Policeman

MOS Background:

Awards Received:  

Outstanding Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal 

(While it seems inconceivable that SGT Cyr did not receive a Purple Heart and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, these are the only three awards reported by the National Archives and Records Administration on March 5, 2009.]  

Badges Earned:

Posthumous Promotion:  No

Length of Service:  2

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced:  November 16, 1967

Major Command:  7th Air Force

Land Assignment:

Air Wing: 377th Air Base Wing

Air Group:              

Squadron:   377th Security Police Squadron  

Casualty Data:

Casualty Date:  January 31, 1968

Casualty Age:  22

Casualty Data 1:  Hostile, Died                    

Casualty Data 2:  Artillery, Rocket, Mortar    

Casualty Data 3:  Ground Casualty               

Casualty Province:  Gia Dinh

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam               

Located In Or Near:  Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base, Saigon

On Jan 31, 1968, Sgt Cyr was manning the 0-51 Bunker, Echo Sector, Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, RVN.  He was being assisted by four other Security Policemen, on this fateful night.  A human wave of NVA and VC attacked Tan Son Nhut from thirteen different directions.  Sgt Cyr's bunker was hit first and four of the five Security Policemen would lose their life this night. Sgt Cyr being one of them.  Source:  377th Security Police Squadron Web Page.  Copyright 1998 - 2008 all rights reserved.  

Body Recovered:  Yes 

Burial/Memorial:

Burial Location:  Sacred Heart Cemetery, Webster, Massachusetts

Burial Plot Location:

Burial Date:

Consigned Funeral Home:  Scanlon Funeral Home, Webster, Massachusetts

Military Escort Name:

Webster's Fallen Casualty Order:  4 of 9

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  36E  Line Number:  5


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