Stocks, William Reed, SGT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Last Primary MOS
76Y-Unit Supply Specialist
Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1968-1969, 76Y, 23rd Infantry Division/Americal Division
Service Years
1966 - 1969



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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1947
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Pitt County
Last Address
Glen Burnie, Maryland

Casualty Date
Feb 13, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Tin
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32W 029

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment198th Infantry Brigade23rd Infantry Division/Americal Division
  1968-1969, 76Y, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1969, 76Y, 198th Infantry Brigade
  1968-1969, 76Y, 23rd Infantry Division/Americal Division
 Combat and Operations History
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. William "Bill" Reed Stocks' mother wrote a letter, left at the Wall, that became part of the book, in the Epilogue, in Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam.  It was read in the subsequent movie by Ellen Burstyn.  The letter ends thusly:

"They tell me the letters I write to you and leave here at this memorial are waking others up to the fact that there is still much pain left, after all these years, from the Vietnam War.

But this I know, I would rather to have had you for 21 years, and all the pain that goes with losing you, then never to have had you at all.
      
      Mom







Last Name STOCKS
Given Names WILLIAM REED

Date of Birth 19470509 05/09/1947
Service A Army
Component R Regular
Rank SGT Sergeant
Grade and posthumous promotion + E4
Service Occupation 76Y20 Undefined Code
Actual Date of Casualty
Actual Date of Death 19690213 02/13/1969
Tour Date 680930 09/30/1968
Posthumous decoration
Casualty Type C2 Non-Hostile, Died of Illness/Injury
Reason B Air Loss, Crash - Land
Air no Air 6 Helicopter - NonCrew
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 04 Quang Tin
Casualty Location
Major command, eg division or brigade 198th LIB
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit HHC
Battalion or similar level unit 1st Bn
Regiment, ROAD 6th Infantry

Home of Record City GLEN BURNIE
Home of Record State Code Maryland

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WILLIAM REED STOCKS
Army - SGT - E5
Age: 21
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth May 9, 1947
From: GLEN BURNIE, MD
Religion: METHODIST
Marital Status: Single
SGT - E5 - Army - Regular
198th Light Infantry Brigade

Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Sep 30, 1968
Casualty was on Feb 13, 1969
In QUANG TIN, SOUTH VIETNAM
Non-Hostile, died of illness/injury, HELICOPTER - NONCREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
   
Comments/Citation
  It is our duty to remember.
Posted for: WILLIAM REED STOCKS:
http://armyphotos.togetherweserved.com/269219.jpg
As one of the 1046 Marylanders who made the ultimate sacrifice we are honored to post your photograph. Operation Remember will continue until we have recovered the photos of all our fallen brothers from the State of Maryland.

Visit www.vva451.org and click Operation Remember banner for more details.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2001

  your mom
Posted for: WILLIAM REED STOCKS:
Bill

Your mom and I formed a friendship that was brought together by tears of love. I miss her very much and know that she is with you.
Cathy
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Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 13 Feb 1969 the 176th Assault Helicopter Company was tasked with flying a resupply mission in support of elements of the 1st Combined Action Group (US Marines). The aircraft assigned, UH-1H tail number 67-17483, departed from Landing Zone "Bayonet" and delivered supplies to four locations before arriving at the CAP 1-1-3 landing zone. The Huey crew landed, discharged and received cargo and personnel, and lifted off. As the aircraft gained altitude it suffered a mechanical failure and fell to the ground. Six of the seven men aboard escaped with injuries of varying severity; the seventh, supply specialist Sergeant William Stocks, was fatally injured.


Helicopter UH-1H 67-17483

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17483
The Army purchased this helicopter 0568
Total flight hours at this point: 00000735
Date: 02/13/1969
Incident number: 690213291ACD Accident case number: 690213291 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 176 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Chu Lai in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 7 . . Passengers = 6
costing 286745
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W1 LILLY RH
P O2 CHRISTIE JA
CE E4 MAGINITY DM
G E4 KETTLE BL

Passengers:
 E3 R TANKS, PAX, D; E3 RE FINLEY, PAX, D; SGT STOCKS WILLIAM REED, AR, PX, KIA; E4 DJ LIPMAN, PAX, D; E5 H RABELO, PAX, D; E4 WD ANDERSON, PAX, D;


Accident Summary:

 THE ^UH-1H A/C^, PILOTED BY ^1LT CHRISTIE^ AND COMMANDED BY ^WO1 LILLY^, WAS ON A ROUTINE RESUPPLY MISSION FOR MARINE ELEMENTS OF THE ^1ST COMBINED ACTION GROUP^ UNDER DIRECT SUPPORT OF THE ^1/6 INFANTRY^ OF THE ^198TH LIB^ AT ^LZ BAYONET^. FROM ^BAYONET^, CARGO WAS OFF LOADED AT FOUR LANDING ZONES PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN AT ^CAP 113 LZ^ WHERE THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. AS THE A/C APPROACHED THE ^CAP 113 LZ^, LOW LEVEL FROM A WESTERLY DIRECTION, SMOKE WAS POPPED AND THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER AND THE PILOT MADE A PARTIAL VISUAL RECONNAISSANCE ON SHORT FINAL. AN APPROACH WAS MADE BY THE PILOT TO THE POINT DESIGNATED IN ^TAB E^ AT WHICH TIME CARGO WAS OFF LOADED. THE PILOT THEN STABILIZED THE AIRCRAFT AT A 2 TO 3 FOOT HOVER. THE TORQUEMETER WAS CHECKED AT 35 PSI BY THE AC. NEITHER THE PILOT OR AC CHECKED THE N1 READING AT A HOVER OR ON TAKEOFF FROM THE LZ. ALSO, NONE OF THE CREW WAS AWARE OF THE AMOUNT OF PASSENGERS OR CARGO ON BOARD PRIOR TO TAKEOFF. THE PILOT THEN APPLIED POWER TO LIFT THE AIRCRAFT OFF IN THE DIRECTION OF TAKEOFF SHOWN IN^TAB E^IN A NEARLY VERTICAL TAKEOFF. THE AC CHECKED TORQUE AGAIN AND CLEARED THE AIRCRAFT OF AN ELECTRICAL LINE POLE TO THE LEFT FRONT AND TURNED HIS ATTENTION TO THE INSTRUMENTS. THE PILOT WAS SIMULTANEOUSLY CLEARING THE AIRCRAFT OF THE LARGE TREE TO THE RIGHT FRONT AND PULLING IN MORE POWER. AS MORE POWER WAS APPLIED, THE PILOT NOTICED THE AIRCRAFT TENDED TO STABILIZE IN ALTITUDE AND YAWED TO THE LEFT. AT THIS POINT THE AIRCRAFT SEEMED TO SETTLE SLIGHTLY AND A LOUD CRACKING SOUND WAS HEARD RAPIDLY SUCCEEDED BY A SECOND LOUD CRACK. THE AIRCRAFT THEN SETTLED HARD TO THE GROUND ON THE RIGHT SKID AND CAME TO REST UPRIGHT. THE AC TURNED THE FUEL AND BATTERY OFF AND EXITED THE AIRCRAFT THROUGH THE CARGO DOOR. LIKEWISE THE PILOT, CREW, AND PASSENGERS, EXCEPT THE PASSENGER PINNED IN THE WRECKAGE AND FATALLY INJURED, EXITED THE AIRCRAFT. THE FATALLY INJURED PASSENGER WAS PULLED FREE AS THE AIRCRAFT SLOWLY STARTED TO BURN. AFTER ALL PERSONNEL HAD EVACUATED THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY, AMMUNITION AND FUEL ON BOARD EXPLODED. THE AIRCRAFT WAS A TOTAL LOSS AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE. A FEW MINUTES LATER ALL PERSONNEL, EXCEPT ONE PASSENGER, WERE EXTRACTED BY MEDEVAC. THAT INDIVIDUAL LATER REPORTED FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998

 


The following is crew member information for this incident:

 


Name: SGT William Reed Stocks (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/13/1969 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 21.8
Date of Birth: 05/09/1947
Home City: Glen Burnie, MD
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 198 BDE 23 INF
Major organization: 198th Light Infantry Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 32W-029
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17483
Service number: 11567580
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 76Y20 = Unit Supply Specialist
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 09/30/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Quang Tin Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/29/1995


   
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