WILLIAM S SANDERS
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 107 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM STEPHEN SANDERS

WALL NAME

WILLIAM S SANDERS

PANEL / LINE

9W/107

DATE OF BIRTH

04/27/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/30/1970

HOME OF RECORD

WINTHROP

COUNTY OF RECORD

Kennebec County

STATE

ME

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

Book a time
Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM STEPHEN SANDERS
POSTED ON 8.19.2018
POSTED BY: jacob Little

great grand kid of billy sanders

Hi there my name is Jacob Little grandson of Mary lee sanders billy's sister Mary lee has always told me that i represent him form being a outdoor Pearson form fishing hiking target shooting i would like to just remember him by doing those activities, if you have any memories of him please email me at [email protected]
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POSTED ON 7.4.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain William Stephen Sanders, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 10.4.2014

Final Mission of CAPT Williams S. Sanders

On June 30, 1970, a crew from the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Udorn Airfield, Thailand was dispatched to rescue a downed flight crew. Crew aboard the Sikorsky HH-53C "Super Jolly" helicopter included the pilot, CAPT Leroy C. Schaneberg, crewmembers MAJ John W. Goeglein, MSGT Paul L. Jenkins, SSGT Marvin E. Bell, and SSGT Michael F. Dean. The members of the 40th Air R & R were trained for both air and sea recovery, and the big "Super Jolly" was equipped to airlift both the crew and aircraft out of sticky situations. The downed and injured pilot was located in Savannakhet Province, Laos, about two kilometers south of Bang Tang. The HH-53C penetrated the area, known to be hostile, in an attempt to rescue the pilot, but was forced away by hostile ground fire. A second attempt was made, but the helicopter was hit by hostile fire, caught on fire, went out of control and crashed. The Air Force states it received evidence on July 4, 1970, that the crew was dead, but that evidence is not specifically described, and no remains identifiable as Bell, Dean, Goeglein, Schaneberg, or Jenkins have been recovered. Schaneberg received the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism as the aircraft commander on this rescue mission. On the same day, CAPT Williams S. Sanders was flying an OV-10A Bronco southeast of Khe Sanh at a point where Laos veers north to intrude on South Vietnam. His aircraft was shot down just inside Laos, not far from the location of the downed helicopter. The Bronco was generally used for marking targets, armed reconnaissance and forward air control, so the nature of CAPT Sanders' mission and its precise relation to the mission of the Super Jolly from Udorn is unknown. The crew of the helicopter was numerically listed missing before the OV-10, so it is does not seem likely that the helicopter was assisting the observation aircraft, but as no other aircraft is missing on that day in that area, either the downed pilot was Sanders or the pilot was rescued by other means. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 2.6.2012

Remembered

(Photo Credit: Bill Shelton) Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 6.6.2011

If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. William Stephen SANDERS, USAF...who died for our country!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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