Bill Mulcrevy’s search had come to an end. Gregory Williams, the Navy Corpsman who had saved his and so many other Marines’ lives in Vietnam, died in Illinois in November 2017. He was 73.
Many of the questions about Williams’ life after the Navy and after Vietnam had gone unanswered. The search had concluded with positive identification of a photo and grave marker at Lincoln National Cemetery.
That story, this “never-ending movie,” doesn’t end here, though.
Through Kim Craft at Together We Served, Mulcrevy was eventually put in touch with Gregory’s survivor, Dorothy. Mulcrevy learned that Gregory had transferred to a different unit after his tour of Vietnam, and ultimately left the Navy around 1971. Gregory met Dorothy and married sometime after that.
In November 2019, just two years after Gregory’s passing, Together We Served arranged for Bill Mulcrevy to visit Gregory Williams’ grave at Lincoln National Cemetery. To his surprise, and orchestrated by Kim and Charlie Craft at TWS with assistance from the director of Lincoln National Cemetery, there was a memorial service in honor of Gregory Williams – with Dorothy in attendance.
The pandemic struck right before we had planned to finish this story in March 2020. Leading up this National Vietnam War Veterans Day (March 29), we remember the bravery and service of heroes like Navy Corpsman Gregory Williams, and the people whose lives they’ve touched while in service to this great Nation. We thank Bill Mulcrevy and Jim Johnson for their courageous service, and for sharing these incredible stories to honor their friend. We thank Together We Served and all the dedicated partners who came together to make this story happen, to bring peace to a few buddies separated by time and distance and chance, but more than that, for what they do each day for Veterans around the country.
The memorial service display table with photos of Navy Corpsman Gregory Williams at Lincoln National Cemetery, November 2019.
Medal of Honor Recipient and Together We Served Ambassador “Doc” Donald Ballard spoke at the service.
TWS Chief Admin Kim Craft, and her spouse Charlie, both U.S. Navy Veterans, presented the flag.
Marine Corps and Vietnam Veteran Bill Mulcrevy with Dorothy Williams, November 2019.
Charlie and Kim during the playing of Taps.
TWS Chief Admin Kim Craft, Medal of Honor Recipient Doc Donald Ballard (TWS member), Bill Mulcrevy, son Sean Mulcrevy, widow Dorothy Williams, niece Bernie, and Charlie Craft (TWS member)
Read Part 1 here.
Read part 2 here.