Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Juliene Williams papers
Date (inclusive): 1965-2011
Date (bulk): 1970-1988
Collection Number: 2013C9
Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material:
15 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box
(7.3 linear feet)
Correspondence, notes, newsletters, printed matter, photographs, memorabilia, and personal documents relating to American
prisoners of war and missing in action in the Vietnam War, and to activities of the National League of Families of American
Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. Includes the papers of William's first husband, Captain Gordon C. Hill, who was reported
missing in action in Laos in 1970.
Hoover Institution Archives
Williams, Juliene, d. 2011.
Hill, Gordon C.
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[Identification of item], Juliene Williams papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.
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Juliene Williams (née Afton Andrews) was the wife of Captain Gordon Clark Hill, a United States Air Force pilot who was reported
missing in action (MIA) in Laos in 1970.
Williams was born on July 11, 1946 to Paul J. and Marilyn Andrews in Payson, Utah and attended high schools in Washington,
Montana, and Colorado. She graduated from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1968. While attending NMSU, Williams met Gordon
C. Hill (born October 9,1944), also known as "Bud." They married on January 22, 1966 and together had a son, Brian Ray Hill,
born February 4, 1968.
Gordon C. Hill entered the Air Force in May 1967. In 1969, Hill was transferred to the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base as
part of the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On June 30, 1970, Hill and Captain Mitchell O. Sadler, Jr. were declared missing
in action (MIA) after their plane failed to meet a refueling tanker during a reconnaissance mission in central Laos. Hill's
status was changed from MIA to KIA (killed in action) in 1978.
Shortly after receiving news of her husband's MIA status, Juliene Williams moved to Palo Alto, California and became actively
involved with Vietnam prisoner of war (POW) and MIA organizations. She was a member of the National League of Families of
American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia and served in leadership roles with the Friends of the POW/MIA League of
Santa Clara County.
Juliene Williams married Thomas E. Williams on December 6, 1980, with whom she had a second child, Afton Elizabeth Williams.
With Thomas she ran AIW, Inc., a plumbing, hardware, and lighting business in downtown Palo Alto for several years. Juliene
Williams died on February 8, 2011.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Juliene Williams papers contain correspondence, notes, newsletters, printed matter, photographs, memorabilia, and personal
documents relating to American prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) in the Vietnam War, mainly from the years
1970 to 1988. Included are the papers of her first husband, Captain Gordon C. Hill, who was reported MIA in Laos in 1970.
The papers document Williams' activities with POW/MIA organizations, such as the National League of Families of American Prisoners
and Missing in Southeast Asia, as well as her own efforts to raise awareness of MIA issues and to uncover more information
about what happened to her husband.
Correspondence section contains Williams' personal correspondence with government officials, family, and friends. Much of the correspondence
relates to POW/MIA issues and letter writing campaigns against Bo Gritz, a former United States Army Special Forces officer
who had conducted a series of private trips to Vietnam in the 1980s to search for live POWs. Correspondence can also be found
POW/MIA Research File, organized by topic.
Air Force File contains materials Williams received from the Air Force following Hill's MIA status. This includes her official notification
of his status, subsequent updates on his status, mailings sent to all MIA families, and copies of documents from Hill's official
case file. It also includes her correspondence with the Air Force requesting more information about her husband's case.
Mailings, correspondence, newsletters, notes, ephemera, and other printed mater related to Williams' involvement with POW/MIA
organizations can be found in the
Organizations File. It includes material documenting the activities of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in
Southeast Asia, also known as the National League of POW/MIA Families, from 1970 to 2010. It also includes meeting minutes,
notes, and other material from the Friends of the POW/MIA League of Santa Clara County, with whom Williams held positions
as public relations officer and treasurer. Although the group dissolved in 1974, Williams remained friends with many women
from this group, which is documented in the Correspondence series.
Most of the material related directly to Captain Gordon C. Hill can be found in the
Gordon C. Hill Biographical File,
Oversize Material, and
Memorabilia sections. The
Biographical File contains some of Hill's personal papers, including his baby book, yearbooks, photographs, and Air Force training records.
Military awards and medals Hill received can be found in the Oversize Material and Memorabilia series.
POW/MIA Research File contains news clippings, correspondence, and notes organized by Williams according to subject. Additional news clippings
and articles relating to Vietnam POW/MIA issues and organized by year can be found in the
News File. All other printed matter, including periodicals, is located in the
Printed Matter section.
Maerose J. Evans papers, Hoover Institution Archives
National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia miscellany, Hoover Institution Archives
Richard A. Stratton papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Subjects and Indexing Terms
National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Missing in action.