Corporal William Larry Pemberton was born on December 1, 1947, and was originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He served his country in the Vietnam War as a motor vehicle operator in the United States Marine Corps, with Truck Co., H&S Battalion, 1st Force Svc. Regiment, Force Log. Command. He had served in the Marine Corps for 2 years prior to his tour in Vietnam. On July 29, 1968, Cpl. Pemberton was killed from artillery fire under hostile conditions in Quang Nam province, South Vietnam; he was 20 at the time of his death. Cpl. Pemberton was buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 50W, Line 32. The following are tributes to Cpl. Pemberton:

Billy Pemberton
my father, who knew him? I love him even though he died before I was one year old. I now have a one year old child. How did he he feel toward me? I love my child more than I can ever think I could love anything. Did he feel the same? I think/hope so.
Always my hero, forever in my heart, my belief, and my comfort of being a father myself. I always believe in you and the future of the grandson you will never be able to meet on the face of this earth.
May 3, 2008

After Billy was killed, my Mother and I used to baby sit his tiny son. Willie May was a wonderful Mom and did a very good job raising her son. But she always remembered Billy Sr. Rest in Peace….we remember and will never forget.

Posted by: Brenda (Morton) Sadler
Relationship: We grew up together
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

We were stationed at a base in the area of Red Beach, which is about 12 miles North of Da-Nang. Bill was mostly a quiet, friendly guy. I knew he had a wife and young baby and he was well liked by those of us who knew him. He lived in the tent next door to mine.
Jerry Bean USMC 8/65 – 8/69.
Relationship: fellow Marine
Thursday, December 31, 1998

To billy pemberton:so you know.your dad loved and idolized you and your mother.your aunt roddy as assured this will always be the case.your dad was one of a kind.very loyal and studious and a prankster.
Thank you bill jordan

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of birth:
  • 1 December 1947
  • Date of death: 29 July 1968
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Top Panel
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