|Birth: ||Nov. 12, 1946|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 1968|
Gia Dinh, Vietnam
Obituary from the Taft Daily Midway Driller November 1968:
Funeral services with full military honors for Sgt. William Earl Stone, 21, of Derby Acres, who was killed in action in Viet Nam October 29, will be held Wednesday at 2 PM at the Erickson and Brown Chapel. The reverend of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the services and burial with military honor will be at West Side cemetery.
Stone was killed by small arms fire southwest of Saigon where he was leading a patrol for the U.S. Army Company A, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade.
Born November 12, 1946 in Santa Ana, Stone was raised on the West Side and graduated from Taft Union High School, where he was active in basketball, football, cross country, track, and the Varsity Club. He attended one year at Taft College before entering the Army in March, 1967.
He is survived by his parents, a sister, his paternal grandmother, maternal grandparents, and a niece and nephew.
Bill Stone was the quintessential 60's guy. He was cute and funny; he had a million dollar smile and eyes that twinkled like stars. Not only was he nice to look at and fun to be around, he was also the sweetest and kindness person ever to cross your path. There was no one who did not like Billy Stone.
SGT William Earl Stone began his active duty in the U.S. Army in March 1967, and his tour of duty in South Vietnam on April 5, 1968. He was killed in action on October 29, 1968, by small arms fire while on point leading a patrol for the U.S. Army, Company A, 3rd Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, just southwest of Saigon in the Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam. He was buried on November 13, 1968, in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California with full military honors.
Sgt. Stone was part of the 199th Infantry Light Brigade. The 199th Infantry Brigade (Light) was a major combat unit of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War. The brigade was formed at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1966. Nicknamed "the Redcatchers", the 199th LIB was hastily moved to South Vietnam in December, 1966 to provide an increased U.S. presence in the III Corps Tactical Zone and remained there until the end of the war. The 199th LIB rarely took a break and were often attached to some of the major military units of the U.S. Army. Those who served with Bill said that he was so easy to talk to, that he always smiled, that he was funny as hell, that he talked about his family a lot especially his mother, that he was a good-looking guy, that he was looking forward to returning home to his family and was anxious to return to college, and that he was one of the nicest guys they ever served with in Vietnam.
Sgt. William Earl Stone was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal for his gallantry in action, the Bronze Star Medal for his heroism, and the Purple Heart for the wounds that took his precious life.
Those of us who knew him feel very fortunate to have had him as part of our lives and know our lives are richer for knowing Bill Stone.
Rest well with the angels my dear friend . . .
WILLIAM EARL STONE is honored on Panel 40W, Row 55 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Constitution Gardens in Washington D.C.
SGT William Earl Stone's name was place by NASA on the STARDUST spacecraft, which visited Comet Wild 2 in 2004 -- as special tribute all names on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC were included.
William Burdette Stone (1920 - 2002)
Barbara Inez Smith Stone (1924 - 2000)
WILLIAM EARL STONE
SGT CO A 7 INF 199 LT INF BDE
VIETNAM SS - BSM - PH **
NOV 12 1946 OCT 29 1968
**SILVER STAR - BRONZE STAR MEDAL - PURPLE HEART
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