SGT William Joseph Cyr
Oct 22, 1945 - Jan 31, 1968
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WEBSTER, MA -- Air Force Sgt. William J. Cyr, 22, was killed in action Wednesday in Vietnam.  He was the son of Paul F. Cyr of 6 Brookline St. and Mrs. Josephine (Piasta) Wagner of Baltimore, MD.

Air Force officials notified the family that he died from injuries suffered during an attack on the Tan Son Nhut Air Force base where he was assigned to the 377th Security Police Squadron.  He is the sixth serviceman from the Webster-Dudley area and the 93rd from Central New England to be killed in Vietnam.

He received his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico where he underwent Air Police training before being assigned to Vietnam.  He has been in the Air Force for more than three years.

He was born in Webster, MA and was a graduate of Bartlett Vocational High School in 1964.  He was named "Boy of the Year" by the Webster Dudley Boy's Club in 1962 for his outstanding voluntary service to help the youth in the community on various projects as well as at school and in the home.

Besides his parents he leaves his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Piasta of Dudley, his grandfather, William Cyr Sr. of Webster; two brothers, Kenneth Cyr of Webster and Paul F. Cyr Jr. stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, with the U.S. Army, and a sister, Mrs. Eugene Bressler of Baltimore, Md.

February 1968

On Jan 31, 1968, Sgt Cyr was manning the 0-51 Bunker, Echo Sector, Tan Son Nhut, Air Base, RVN.  He was being assisted by four other Security Policemen, on this fateful night.  A human wave of NVA and VC attacked Tan Son Nhut from thirteen different directions.  Sgt Cyr's bunker was hit first and four of the five Security Policemen would lose their life this night. Sgt Cyr being one of them.

Sgt Cyr is buried at Sacred Heart Parrish Cemetery in Webster, Massachusetts.