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is honored on Panel 28W, Line 102 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/18/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 William Arthur Debates, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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    Posted on 4/14/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/8/10 - by Robert Sage
    William is buried at St Mary's Cemetery in Peoria,IL. ARCOM

    Posted on 4/13/06 - by Gregory, Payne
    Peoria, Illinois
    Specialist Four E-4
    Service Number 54828253
    MOS 11B40 Infantryman
    D Co 4th BN 12th Inf 199th Light Infantry Brigade
    01 September 1948 -01 April 1969
    Age 20
    Body Recovered
    My Yen, Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
    None-hostile, Died of Other Causes
    Other Accident - Ground Casuality
    Panel 28W Line 102

    I first met SP/4 WILLIAM ARTHUR DeBATES, on my enterance into 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, D company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. He was a good person, with a good sense of humor. Unfortunately, WILLIAM was inocently involved in a grenade accident that took the lives of two other people, SGT RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY, and PFC JAMES EARL BOUYER all perished together. SP/4 WILLIAM ARTHUR DeBATES' loss was felt through out the entire Company, as well as friends and family. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love. Your Commrade in Arms, SP/4 Greg Payne 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade. E-mail
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/26/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers


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