In the early morning of August 8, 1970, a Viet Cong mortar shell shrieked toward Long Khanh Province near Saigon. The resulting explosion mortally wounded Specialist 4 Pondextuer Eugene Williams of Company D, Second Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, First Air Cavalry Division. An African American barely past his twentieth birthday, Williams died very far from his Florida hometown. However, his service to his country did not cease with death. "Gene" Williams, as he was known to family and friends, became a symbol of the fight for equality and freedom, winning a final battle against the forces of racism and segregation in Florida before finally being laid to rest.1
Taylor, Robert A.
"In the Interests of Justice: The Burial of Pondextuer Eugene Williams,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 82:
3, Article 3.
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