William Daniels Meara, Jr.
Captain, United States Army
husband, Captain William Daniels Meara, Jr. was killed in action in Vietnam
on November 2, 1968. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He received
the Distinguished Service Cross and other medals. Margaret
William Daniels Meara, Jr. was born on July 13, 1943 and joined the Armed Forces while in Mt. Holly, New Jersey.
He served in the United States Army and in two years of service, he attained the rank of Captain.
On November 2, 1968, at the age of 25, William Daniels Meara, Jr. perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Tay Ninh.
Captain Meara was the son of William Daniels Meara, Sr., Colonel, United States Army.
Captain Meara was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
The President of the United States
takes pride in presenting the
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
WILLIAM DANIELS MEARA JR.
United States Army
for service as set forth in the following
For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Captain Meara distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 2 November 1968 while commanding his company on a reconnaissance-in-force-mission south of Landing Zone Billie.
As his unit was returning to the landing zone, one platoon suddenly came under intense fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force and was severed completely from the remainder of the company.
Captain Meara immediately turned his lead elements around to go to the aid of the besieged platoon. Approaching the battle area, the relief column also came under heavy small arms fire from enemy bunkers to their front.
Captain Meara deployed his troops and moved among their positions, directing their fire, shouting words of encouragement and checking for casualties.
After he had prepared his company for an attack,
he and his point man led an assault on the first bunker in their path.
Firing their weapons and hurling grenades, they charged and destroyed the
emplacement, killing its occupants. Despite the fierce hostile fire, the
two men continued their furious onslaught until the point man was felled
by sniper fire as they advanced on another fortification. Captain Meara
instantly placed a heavy volley on the communists and attempted to reach
his comrade. Braving the enemy barrage, he courageously persisted in his
efforts until he was mortally wounded. Captain Meara's extraordinary heroism
and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the
highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon
himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 2 December 2004