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PFC WILLIAM LEROY SANDERS

  • Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: DENVER, CO
  • Date of Birth: 05-15-1947
  • Date of Death: 05-12-1967
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Unit: 615th Military Police Company
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    Private First Class William L. Sanders was born in 1947 in Denver, Colorado. He joined the Army in August 1966 and was deployed to Vietnam in January 1967 as a member of the 615th Military Police Company. Private First Class Sanders and his fellow military policemen were serving as a highway security force on 12 May 1967 when the Viet Cong ambushed their patrol, immediately wounding several servicemen. Private First Class Sanders instructed his comrades to take cover and stepped beyond the protective armor plating of his vehicle while firing at the enemy in the treeline. His heroic actions allowed the other Soldiers to move to safety. Private First Class Sanders continued to provide suppressive fire from his exposed position until he was mortally wounded. For his gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile enemy, Private First Class Sanders was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. On 15 April 2016, the 14th Military Police Brigade memorialized Private First Class Sanders by naming the 795th Military Police Dining Facility in his honor. His heroic actions will be read by thousands of Military Police Trainees every year as they pass through the dining facility.

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