WILLIAM S STINSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 110 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM SHERRIL STINSON

WALL NAME

WILLIAM S STINSON

PANEL / LINE

1W/110

DATE OF BIRTH

06/17/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/08/1973

HOME OF RECORD

GEORGIANA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Butler County

STATE

AL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM SHERRIL STINSON
POSTED ON 7.12.2014
POSTED BY: Roger Madaras

Honoring a Hero.

I have been wearing William's POW/MIA bracelet sense 1986. I visited the Vietnam wall war memorial.and decided to purchase a bracelet to honor and remember that many young Americans gave there Life's in Vietnam for the freedom of all Americans. Never serving in the military I wanted to do something too honor all of the Brave young Warriors. I found out last week that William and the six others were brought home in 1999. I would like too give my bracelet to one of his family members. if any of his Family is out there please contact me. I salute you for your courage and sacrifice. God Bless America.
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POSTED ON 7.5.2014
POSTED BY: SSG Steven K. Greenwell

In Honor of SGT William S. Stinson

I have wore his bracelet since early 1990s. I served 20 years in the Army National Guard. Let it be known to "you are not forgotten"
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POSTED ON 11.23.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SFC William Sherril Stinson, 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 11.11.2013
POSTED BY: Christine Elizondo

Wore Your Bracelet

I wore a bracelet with S/Sgt William Stinson, MIA/POW and still have it from the 70"s. The date engraved on it is 1-8-73. I would appreciate knowing more and maybe corresponding with family. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice.
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POSTED ON 11.8.2012

Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15619

Two reports: #1 - On January 8, 1973, a UH-1H helicopter from the 62nd Aviation Company with a crew of four (CW2 Richard A. Knutson, CW2 Mickey A. Wilson, SFC William A. Stinson, SSGT Manuel A. Lauterio) and three passengers from the Military Assistance Command Army Advisory Group departed Landing Zone Sally in Quang Tri Province en route to Quang Tri City. It was later reported to have flown across the Thach Han River into hostile territory and circled twice with its guns firing at an unknown ground target. It was then fired on by the People's Army of Vietnam using SA-7 ground to air missiles. The first missile missed and the second hit the helicopter's boom. A third hit the helicopter proper prior to its crash in the area of the South Vietnamese Army's Ai Tu Combat Base. Multiple SA-7 launches drove off SAR forces in the area of the helicopter shoot down. The seven servicemen were declared missing in action. Subsequent to their loss, CIA forwarded hearsay information from a Vietnamese source reporting a helicopter had been shot down on January 8, 1973, in the area of this loss incident. Four U.S. pilots were reportedly captured and the fate of two other crewmen was unknown. DIA later determined that CIA had terminated the source due to possible fabrication of information. In August 1973, DIA received a hearsay report of a helicopter crash site in the area of this loss incident. Two remains were reportedly in the crash site area in Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province. Returning U.S. POWs had no information on the precise fate of the missing servicemen. After Operation Homecoming, all were declared deadbody not recovered, based on a presumptive finding of death. #2 - WO1 Richard Knutson, pilot; WO1 Mickey A. Wilson, aircraft commander; SP5 William S. Stinson, gunner; SP5 Manuel A. Lauterio, crew chief; and SSgt. Elbert W. Bush and Maj. William L. Dean, both passengers; were aboard a UH1H helicopter (serial #69-15619) that flew in support of the American Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Division in Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces, working between the provincial capitals of Hue and Quang Tri. On January 8, 1973, at about 1430 hours, the aircraft had departed a landing zone en route to other LZs without making radio contact with the 2nd Battalion Technical Operations Center. When no radio contact was received by 1500 hours, the other LZs were queried. The helicopter did not go to either of the two designated LZs, nor had any communication been established with them. The helicopter's intended route would have taken it northwest toward Quang Tri, with a left turn to an LZ south of the Thach Han River. Although the helicopter failed to contact either LZ along the route, it was later seen flying northwest toward Quang Tri City and crossing the Thach Han River into enemy held territory. While in this area, the helicopter was seen to circle with door guns firing. Enemy automatic weapons fire was heard, and a direct hit was made on the tail boom by a missile, reportedly an SA7. Aerial searches of the suspected crash site on January 8 and 9 failed to locate either the wreckage or the crew. The aircraft was shot down less than three weeks before American involvement in the war came to an official end. [Taken from vhpa.org]

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