William Joseph Botter
- Dawson, Oklahoma
- Born August 27, 1924
- Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force
- Service Number AF33570888
- Missing in Action – Presumed Dead
- Died February 28, 1954 in Korea
Technical Sergeant Botter was a crew member of a B-29A Superfortress Bomber with the 372th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Wing. On October 23, 1951, while on a bombing mission, the aircraft was attacked by enemy MiGs near Namsi Airfield. It headed toward the Yellow Sea and crashed.
He was taken Prisoner of War and was presumed dead on February 28, 1954. Technical Sergeant Botter was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
An “In Memory of” headstone was place in Arlington National Cemetery in Sergeant Botter's name on 30 April 2004.
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