William M. Geier's Collection

2nd Platoon's Medic

2nd Platoon, C Company, 4th/47th Battalion, 2nd Brigade

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December, 1966 - Here's Bill on his last leave at home
prior to heading back to Fort Riley, Kansas. His Unit,
Charlie Company, 4th/47th, departed January 6, 1967 by
troop train to Oakland, California and then aboard a troop
ship, USS General John Pope, to Vung Tau, Viet Nam.
 

These pages are
dedicated to the
memory of Bill Geier
by his brother Bob
and other Geier family
members. These items
have been preserved
by Bob and his mother,
Bernice Geier.
 

2 Silver Star

Bill giving his loving mother, Bernice, a big
hug in their Maywood, Illinois home
approximately July, 1966 following Bill's
completion of Basic Training at Fort Riley.
 

January, 1967 - Bill, enjoying our
luxurious sleeping quarters on the USS
General John Pope enroute to Viet Nam.
 

Bill & our buddy Idolius "Bear" Casares aboard the
Pope.  On patrol, the "Bear" was wounded in the leg
by a bullet outa nowhere - it was the strangest thing.
 

Here's Bill outside 2nd Platoon's
tent at Camp Bearcat in February,
1967.  Our first home in Viet Nam.
 

2nd Platoon shortly after arriving at Dong Tam - April, 1967.  Bill
and friends taking a break before the next patrol.

 

Here's Bill and Harold Exum, a Texan,
off to Vung Tau for R & R.
 

Bill is one happy soldier being on R & R and
away from the rigors of searching out Viet Cong
in the dirty, rotten, stinkin' Rung Sat swamp,
jungles and rice paddies of the Mekong Delta.
 

Bill is loving life strolling along a Vung Tau beach, enjoying one his favorite
delights, pineapple. While in Viet Nam, we used to eat those things until
our mouths were raw from the pineapple acid.

 

Here's Bill's buddies, Danny Fischer, Mario Lopez and Bill
Reynolds acting like a nut - as usual. Looks like the
guys are cleaning weapons in the sleeping quarters
of a barrack's ship between patrols.
 

I suspect that Bill just arrived in Vung Tau for his R & R,
when his first order of business is to purchase another
pineapple from a Vietnamese vendor.
 

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Charlie Company sets up shop at Dong Tam and Bill enjoys
some time off between patrols.
 

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Yo, Rambo......where's Adrienne? Uh oh
wrong movie!

Bill and our buddy, Mike Cramer aboard a Mobile
Riverine Force Barrack Ship, the USS Benewah,
positioned in Vung Tau's Harbor.
 

Here's the 2nd Platoon's favorite past time between patrols, a grueling card
game of "Hearts".  That's Mario Lopez about to deal. I think that's Stan
Cockerell on the left and possibly Bill Geier on the right.
 

Colonel Baden awarding the Silver Star to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Geier.

These three items speak for themselves.  Bill lost his life during a
significant battle with a large Viet Cong force near the village of
Ap Bac in the Mekong Delta on June 19, 1967. He was awarded the
Silver Star posthumously for heroism in battle and rightfully so.
He was mortally wounded while tending a seriously wounded Ronnie
Bryan and he had just bandaged Bob French, who was also seriously
wounded moments before.  Bill Geier will be forever
remembered as an American hero
....

 

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