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Post by JIBiohazard »

Hello, I am the son of a Ranger. Unfortunately, he was killed in an accident before my birth, and I never got the chance to know him. As such, I am trying to reach out and find others who did know him.

I am looking for anyone who might have known, or even served with William Frederick (Billy) Cotter. He was killed in 1972, while living in Suffolk, VA. I do know Billy served in-country during VietNam, but do not know the specifics.

If anyone knew Billy, I would take it as a personal favor if you could share something about him.

To those who have served, and still serve, Thank You All.....

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Welcome..Do you know the specific unit your dad was with??
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If one of our resident Nam Vets don't know him personally hopefully they can send you in the right direction to find someone who does.

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LRP1 wrote:Welcome..Do you know the specific unit your dad was with??
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Post by JIBiohazard »

Thank you all for the welcome...

I do not know the specifics of his service, merely that he was a Ranger. I want to say he went through Airborne school in late 65 or early 66 though. Maybe that might help somewhere.

Thank you all for your help. From what I have read of the boards so far, and the ones I recognize as routine posters, there is no better family, than the family of Rangers.....


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Post by DixieRat »

You can request a copy of your dad's military recoords from the personell center. You'll need his name, ssn and maybe some other information.

he link above will take you to the right web page I believe.
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Welcome. You need to get an avatar. That's twice.
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