Name: William Rauber
Rank: Corporal / Specialist Four , Medic 91b20
Pay Grade: E3 Posthumous Promotion
Home of Record: Wheatland, PA
Birth Date: August 22, 1948
Religion: Roman Catholic
Death Date: April 25, 1968
Cause of Death: "ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile";
Died in Long Khanh at age 19
The body was recovered.
On Apr 24th we had a contact near Bearcat in which 2 guys died right away from a command detonated claymore. Their names were Don Hanna and Bill Rauber. Rauber was the medic for 1s platoon. SSG Schroeder passed away from his wounds like 20 days later. There were another 2-4 guys wounded. We only got a couple of guys out late that day. The extractor from the dust-off broke and we had to spend the night with the dead and a couple of wounded inside our perimeter. Not a good night.
I remember Rauber while we were still at Ft.Lewis, Wash. When we would return from the field and were able to sleep in the barracks. He use to take his shower and then get himself an ice cream bar and lie down while he ate it and talk about his younger brother, how much he missed him and he could hardly wait to get back home. We were still in Bearcat getting used to the hot humid weather and we had just started patrolling the rubber plantations in and around Ben Cat. I still remember when I heard that he been killed, I felt really bad, because he was such a nice guy. Just another Medic that served along side him.
I was there with Bill when he got hit. We were taking heavy fire. Sgt. Sanchez got hit in the shoulder. Bill was attending to him when he got hit. He came forward to help the wounded. He was a brave guy. He was tending to the wounded as we were taking heavy fire., He was a good man... to think back. We were only 19 and fighting for our lives. He was a good guy and will be remembered.
Sgt. E5 Richard Dolehanty 1st Platoon, 1st Squad, Company C.