Labon Raphael Williams
His tour began on July 17, 1969
G Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Service Occupation: Rifleman
Died at age 19 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam
Buried in Knoxville National Cemetery on November 17, 1969 (Section A, Site 4233a)

The Knoxville News Sentinel
November 10, 1969

Pfc. Labon R. Williams, a 19 year old Knoxville Marine, was killed in Vietnam Nov. 2, his family has learned. Pfc. Williams died after a hand grenade exploded near him while he was on bridge security patrol in the Quang Nam Province. He was on patrol duty, and the family was told that the grenade was booby trapped to explode.

The young Marine had been in Vietnam since last August. A former Austin-East High School student, he joined the Marine Corps last January and had received his basic training in San Diego, Calif.

Besides his mother, he leaves father, Charles Edward Williams of San Bernadino, CA; two brothers, Nelson and Clifford; four sisters, Patricia Ann, Jacqueline, Maxine, and Cynthia, all of Knoxville. Reed Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 18 December 1949
  • Date of death: 2 November 1969
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Middle Panel
  • Sponsored by: Patricia Williams

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