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
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
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.