Letters, photographs, ephemera, maps, and printed materials (1966-1968, 1986) of U.S. Navy Hospitalman 3rd Class (HM3) in the Vietnam War relating to his training at the Great Lakes Naval Station, Great Lakes, IL; his service in Company D., 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps, in Da Nang and Phu Bai, Vietnam; and his Rest and Recreation leaves in Bangkok, Thailand, Georgetown, and Penang, Malaysia.
William H. "Bill" Loy, III was a native of Alamance County, North Carolina, and graduated from Washington High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966 and trained as a Hospitalman at the U.S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Illinois. In 1967, he was promoted to Hospitalman 3rd Class (HM3) and assigned to Company D., 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Division then stationed in Da Nang, South Vietnam. He served with the 1st Medical Battalion during his entire tour in Vietnam. In April 1968, the 1st Medical Battalion moved north to Phu Bai, near the Demilitarized Zone [DMZ]. He served there until the end of his tour in Vietnam. In October 1968, the Navy promoted Loy to HM2 and transferred him to Company H. & S. [Headquarters & Service]. He completed his service and returned to the United States in December 1968. During his tour in Vietnam, Loy took Rest and Recreation leaves in Bangkok, Thailand and Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.
In the 1st Medical Battalion, Loy's job consisted primarily of maintaining the inventory of medical supplies and re-ordering medical supplies that were in short supply, but he also did carpentry work, packed sandbags, and shared in the general military duties of his unit. After returning from Vietnam, Loy spent the remaining months of his military service at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
After leaving the Navy, Loy attended North Carolina State University and earned an engineering degree from East Carolina University. He worked as an engineer for the telephone company now known as Embarq [formerly known as Sprint; previously known as Carolina Telephone Company] for more than 30 years. He retired in March of 2006 and died on 10 March 2007. His father, William H. Loy, Jr. died in 1970.
Loy is survived by his mother, Ursula F. Loy of Greenville, N.C.; his wife of 31 years, Sharon Dunbar Loy; his sister Joy L. Rountree and brother-in-law Earl, of Sunbury, N.C.; and his brother Eric Loy and sister-in-law Robin of Greenville, N.C.
Gift of Mrs. Ursula F. Loy and Mr. Eric C. Loy
Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, May 02, 2010
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