WILLIAM A DEBATES
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HONORED ON PANEL 28W, LINE 102 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES

WALL NAME

WILLIAM A DEBATES

PANEL / LINE

28W/102

DATE OF BIRTH

09/01/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/01/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PEORIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Peoria County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES
POSTED ON 4.14.2011

Photo

Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 11.8.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

William is buried at St Mary's Cemetery in Peoria,IL. ARCOM
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POSTED ON 4.13.2006
POSTED BY: Gregory, Payne

IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM ARTHUR DeBATES

WILLIAM ARTHUR DeBATES
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 [email protected]
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POSTED ON 1.26.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

Never Forgotten

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"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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