VIETNAM - STANLEY, WILLIAM CHARLES

Stanley, William Charles

VIETNAM - STANLEY, WILLIAM CHARLES
STANLEY, WILLIAM CHARLES

Rank: Private First Class

Unit: K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: M-113A1, ACAV, K-13

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 13-Apr-1946

Hometown: Warwick, Rhode Island

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 2-Nov-1965

Start of tour: 23-Aug-1966

Incident date: 21-May-1967

Date of casualty: 21-May-1967

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Unknown. Other causes.
William Charles Stanley was on convoy escort mission when engaged a hostile force in firefight.

Seventeen Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP5 William P. Centers Jr
SGT Eugene Harold Dickinson
PVT Jerry Lee Houser
SP4 Toler Lee Hutchins Jr
SP4 Phillip Earl Ireland
SSG James Albert Jackson
SGT Alfred Lee
PFC Patrick Michael Loisel
SP4 Henry David McInnis
SP4 James David McWhorter
SP4 Anthony Wilfred Roybal
PFC Rodolfo Andres Saenz
SSG Walter Stephen Simpson
PFC William Charles Stanley
SP4 James Thomas Steighner
SP4 Dwight Elmer Timberlake
SP4 Larry Allen Williamson

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam, YT 564 054

Place of interment: Saint Pauls Lutheran Church Cemetery, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 20E 079 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS WILLIAM CHARLES STANLEY
21 MAY 1967
K TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private First Class Stanley distinguished himself by valorous actions on 21 May 1967, while serving as driver of an Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle during a fierce encounter with the enemy on Route 1 near Soui Cat, Vietnam. As the armored convoy moved down a road bordered on both sides with brush and slight vegetation, it suddenly came under a murderous volume of recoilless rifle and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior Viet Cong force. Without regard for personal safety and fully realizing the perils of the situation, Private Stanley immediately maneuvered his vehicle into battle position and then bravely engaged the enemy with his weapon. During the ensuing action, Private Stanley was wounded twice but continued to direct a devastating volume of fire on the insurgent force. In the fleeting moments of the battle, Private Stanley succumbed to his wounds. Private First Class Stanley’s personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 1929 (27 June 1967)