Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
Lance Corporal 2
10 Apr 1947 2
08 May 1967 2

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Full Name:
William Ceacon Blades, III 2
10 Apr 1947 2
Male 2
08 May 1967 2
Cause: Other Explosive Device 2
Age at Death: 20 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 08 May 1967 2
Casualty Location: attack on USMC positions at Con Thien 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Hometown: Pinehurst, MA 2
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Lance Corporal 2
1st Bn 2
H&S Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
E3 2
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 2
4th Marines 2
Marine Corps 2
Mortarman (USMC) 2
Years Served:
0 2
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 55 2
Panel: 19E 2

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Vietnam Hero Rites

Lowell Sun, May 17, 1967

Vietnam Hero Rites Friday

Billerica--Funeral services for LCpl. William C. Blades, III, USMC, of 10 Mosley St, Pinehurst, who died May 8, 1967, in the service of his country in Vietnam, will be held Friday.

He was born in Woburn, the son of William C. and Barbara (Gibbons) Blades, Jr., and was a resident of Billerica all of his life.

He was a member of the graduating class of 1965 from Billerica Memorial High School, having been class president of his class for four years, and also captain of the high school football team.

He had been a member of St. Mary's Boy Scout Troop 53 of Pinehurst, and past president of St. Mary's CYO. He had also been a chief squire of the Alfred J. Casline Circle, served as chief councilor to the Squires, and was presently a member of the Billerica Knights of Columbus Council 3963.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Blades, Sr., of Florida, and three sisters, Judith, Edith, and Susan Blades, all of Billerica.


Thank you Marine for your dedication and service to this great Nation and to our Corps

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown --- God Bless  You      

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