Brother shares story of another Lodi soldier lost during Vietnam War
Dennis Williams, who graduated from Lodi High School in 1965, was killed during the Vietnam War in 1967. His brother Lloyd Williams shared photos and his story after the Lodi News-Sentinel published an article about a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund project seeking to share the photos and stories of soldiers lost during the war in an online “Wall of Faces.”
- Still seeking information
The Lodi News-Sentinel is still seeking information about the following Vietnam veterans from Lodi and Galt as part of the “Wall of Faces” project.
Family and friends are encouraged to call reporter Wes Bowers at 209-369-7035 or email wesb@lodinews. com with information or stories about them.
Army Spc. John Edward Nordell Jr.
John Edward Nordell Jr. of Lodi was born June 4, 1947, and began his tour of duty Aug. 20, 1968, as an infantryman with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. His rank was specialist.
He died in a helicopter crash at the age of 21 in South Vietnam’s Thua Thien Province on Feb. 5, 1969, according to www.virtualwall.org.
Pfc. Charles E. Davis
Charles E. Davis of Galt was born April 7, 1947, and began his tour of duty July 7, 1967, as an infantryman with the Army’s 5th Infantry, 25th Division. His rank was private first class.
He was killed in action in Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam on Jan. 19, 1968, according to www.virtualwall.org. He was 20.
Lance Cpl. Rodney Dean Martinez
Rodney Dean Martinez of Galt was born Nov. 22, 1947, and began his tour of duty April 16, 1967, as a motor vehicle operator in the U.S. Marine Corps’ 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Amphibious Force. His rank was lance corporal.
He died of non-combat causes in an accident in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam on Dec. 2, 1967, according to www.virtualwall.org. He was 20 years old.
Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:38 pm
Lodi resident Lloyd Williams keeps a medallion of St. Christopher around his neck to remind him of his brother Dennis, who was killed in action in 1967 during the Vietnam War.
Lloyd Williams gave a matching medal to his younger brother “Denny” just before he began his tour of duty in the U.S. Army 47 years ago. Then he bought himself a duplicate to wear.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:38 pm.
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