William Raymond Yongue


Attended Clemson University during the 1961-1962 school years.

Chester, SC

Army, First Lieutenant

1097th Transportation Company (Boat), 159th Transportation Battalion, 4th Transportation Command, Army Support Command Saigon, 1st Logistics Command, US Army Vietnam

National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Feb 20, 1941

Sep 26, 1967

Killed in action. LT Yongue was initially declared missing, but was later declared drowned. He was an officer on an Army amphibious craft, in what was known as the Riverine Force, patrolling the Mekong River Delta. The propeller of his craft became entangled in an underwater obstruction and he dived overboard in an attempt to free the obstruction. He never resurfaced and his body was later recovered.

LT Yongue's body was recovered and returned home for burial in Arlington, National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. His grave site is located in Section 33, Site 10986 of the cemetery


Additional Information

LT Yongue’s name is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC on Panel 27E, Line 018.  It is also listed on the Chester County (SC) Vietnam Memorial.

The photo above of LT Yongue and the obituary was researched and provided on 11 December 2012 by Ms Judy McWaters, the Veterans Affairs Officer in Chester County, SC.  The photo is LT Yongue’s senior photo from the Chester High School 1960 Yearbook and the obituary is from the 4 October 1967 edition of the Chester News and Reporter, his hometown newspaper.

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Extra Documents

Vignette in The Echo written by Kelly Durham – “Brown-Water” Soldier