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Maj William Goodsell, KIA 16 June 1966

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  • Scott K. Chambers
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    Information on Maj. William J. Goodsell

    I am the eldest son of Capt. Dwight (Twig) Chambers USMC. My father was an Aviator in HMM 361 / HMM 363. Bill Goodsell was my fathers best friend. I tried with out any luck to contact William Goodsell about his Grandfather. If anyone knows how to reach any of the Goodsell family please respond. I have something of Maj. Goodsell's that should be passed on to their family. My mother would be honored to talk to any of the Goodsell family. She can be reached between 9AM - 4PM Pacific. Mary Jo Chambers (503) 385-8892. Bill Goodsell is an American Hero, I am glad I had the pleasure of meeting him.
    Semper Fi
    Scott K. Chambers
    (503) 781-0547
    Ghoststone@compuserve.com

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  • Al Barbour
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    NAVY CROSS Citation

    Navy Cross Citation - Maj William J. GOODSELL:
    “For extraordinary heroism while serving with Marine Observation Squadron SIX in the Republic of Vietnam on 16 June 1966. Serving as Tactical Air Coordinator (Airborne) in an armed UH-1E helicopter, Major Goodsell made repeated rocket and machine gun attacks against an enemy battalion that had encircled and trapped a Marine reconnaissance unit. When a relieving force was airlifted into the battle, he guided the transport helicopters to the landing zone and delivered such devastating attacks on the enemy positions that only one aircraft in the assault force was struck by hostile fire. He then proceeded to fly dangerously low to seek out enemy positions and aid the assault force in their rescue of the beleaguered reconnaissance unit. When a juncture of the units was accomplished, he guided the medical evacuation helicopters to the friendly positions where eighteen wounded Marines lay waiting. Realizing the necessity to accurately mark the Marine positions because of the close proximity of the enemy, he courageously elected to fly very low and slow over the position to mark it with a smoke grenade. As his mark landed directly on target, he was taken under fire by several automatic weapons positions and although mortally wounded he maintained control of his aircraft until relieved by his copilot. By his bravery and fearless devotion to duty, Major Goodsell reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.”

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  • Al Barbour
    started a topic Maj William Goodsell, KIA 16 June 1966

    Maj William Goodsell, KIA 16 June 1966

    Maj. William Goodsell was my grandfather. He died in Vietnam when my father was 12 years old. My dad named me after him. I never got to meet him face to face but the stories I have heard from family and friends potray him as a hero. I just wanted to leave a few words on the net in memory of his life.

    "You'll always be in our thoughts and hearts,
    Your Grandson, William Goodsell"

    If anyone has any information about my grandpa, MAJOR Goodsell, please notify me. I would love to hear to what you have to say.

    William Goodsell
    imakillawhale@hotmail.com
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