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

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GEORGIANA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Butler County

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AL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM SHERRIL STINSON
POSTED ON 4.13.2000
POSTED BY: Michael Robert Patterson

In Honored Remembrance

This group of men were finally located and identified. They were buried
together in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, 14 April 2000.

"I once was lost but now I'm found."

SYNOPSIS: WO1 Richard Knutson, pilot; WO1 Mickey A. Wilson, Aircraft
Commander; SP-5 William S. Stinson, Gunner; SP-5 Manual A. Lauterio, Crew
Chief; and Staff Sergeant Elbert W. Bush and Major William L. Dean, both
passengers, were aboard a UH1H helicopter (serial number 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 enroute to other landing zones without making radio contact with the
Second Battalion Technical Operations Center. When no radio contact was
received by 1500 hours, the other landing zones were queried. The helicopter
did not go to either of the two designated landing zones, nor had any
communication been established with them.

The helicopter's intended route would have taken it northwest toward Quand
Tri, with a left turn to a landing zone South of the Thach Han River. Although
the helicopter failed to contact either landing zone along the route, it was later
seen flying 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 SA-7.

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 that war came to an official end.
Intelligence reports indicated that of the six men aboard, four were seen alive
on the ground. Further information indicated that the aircraft did not explode
or burn on impact with the ground. The families of the men assumed that their
loved ones would be released with the other POWs. Some were even so
informed.

But the crew of the UH1H was not released, and have not been released or
found since the day of the incident. As thousands of reports of Americans alive in Southeast Asia mount, these families wonder if their men are among the hundreds thought to be still alive.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.com/uh1-crew.htm
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