(Rock Island Argus  Sunday, 16 June 1968)

Rock Islander Dies in Viet War Action

Word has been received of the death of Spec. 4 William W. Boetje, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Boetje, 1726 28th St., Rock Island, who was killed as the result of wounds received while on patrol duty, when hit by fragments from a hostile mortar, near Kontum, South Vietnam, Monday.

Spec. 4 Boetje enlisted in the service July 19, 1967, and had been stationed in Vietnam for six months.   He was born July 23, 1948, a son of James and Shirley Cralle Boetje.   He received his education in Rock Island schools and was a 1966 graduate of Rock Island High School.

He was a member of the Church of Peace, and formerly was employed at James L. Boetje Foods, Davenport, and the Servus Rubber Co., Rock Island, prior to enlisting in the Army.   He received his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and Ft. Polk, La.

Surviving are the parents; three sisters, Jane, Della, and Julie Boetje, all at home; a brother, John Boetje, at home, and the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Dillon Cralle, Sr., of Rock Island.

The body will be returned to Rock Island, where funeral arrangements are pending.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and the maternal grandfather.


Funeral services for Spec 4. William W. Boetje, 19, who died of wounds received while on patrol duty near Kontum, South Vietnam, on June 10, were conducted this morning in the Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island.   The Rev. John L. Schmidt, pastor of the Church of Peace, Rock Island, officiated.  Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. nbsp;Honor guard and military rites were supplied by Fort Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Jerry Rounds, Gary Brooks, Jerry Cralle, Bill Wall, Bob Hallgren and Airman 1.C. Craig Stone.

Honorary pallbearers were Pfc. John Garrett and Spec. 4 Carl J. Deem.

(© 1968 R I Argus)