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In Memory of U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class

William David Monfore

Tripp, South Dakota, Hutchinson County

May 21, 1943 Ė November 3, 1966

Died of Wounds Received in South Vietnam


William (Bill) David Monfore was born May 21, 1943 in Yankton, South Dakota. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Monfore. His siblings included a sister Maxine and three brothers: Gene, Bob and Jon. Bill graduated from Tripp High School in 1961 and for a time attended Southern State College in Springfield, South Dakota. In 1963, he married Sandra Oehlerts of Remsen, Iowa. Sandra and Bill lived in Sioux City, Iowa where he worked at Sioux City Dressed Beef before he entered the service.

Because he had an Iowa address, he entered the Marine Corps from Iowa. After his basic training, Bill was sent overseas in June 1966. He was stationed north of Da Nang, South Vietnam with the 3rd Battalion, 9th Martine Division. Bill returned home on leave in July to attend his fatherís funeral. He returned to Vietnam in August 1966.

U.S. Marine Private First Class William David Monfore died of a gunshot wound in the Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam on November 3, 1966. His body was returned to the United States. After a funeral service at the United Church of Christ in Springfield, he was buried with military honors at the Springfield Cemetery.

Bill is currently survived by his wife, Sandra, Sergeant Bluff, IA and three brothers: Gene, Visalia, California; Jon, Kelseyville, California; and Robert, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

A friend of Billís, Maynard Hieb, posted this remembrance at

I was the left end, you the right end, our senior year in high school. We played basketball together. I chose the Navy, you chose the Marines. I got to raise a family, you did not. Your name is on our memorial in Tripp, SD. You will not be forgotten.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Andy White, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on March 27, 2006. This information was provided by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website, the Springfield Times, November 11, 1966, and The Tripp Ledger, 11/17/66 issues. Additional information and profile approval by the Monfore family via Gene.


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