William Wesley Stewart PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service 25th Infantry Division 22 year old Single, Caucasian, Male Born on April 21, 1945 From Livermore, California His tour of duty began on Dec. 20, 1966 Casualty was on April 24, 1967 in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam Hostile, Ground Casualty Other Explosive Device Body was recovered Religion Protestant Panel 18E - Line 82
The above information is from a Vietnam Veterans website "The Wall"
I only knew William by his nickname "Skip." He was a best friend of my two older brothers. The oldest brother went into the Navy Reserves in his senior year of high school and served on the Kearsarge during the war. The next oldest brother was drafted into the Army shortly after Skip. Both brothers were away in the service when Skip was killed and couldn't attend his funeral, but my mom and my younger siblings and I went. He was buried with full military honors in Golden Gate Cemetery in San Bruno, CA. Skip was about the nicest guy you could ever know and my family grieved his death. I still do after all these years and have visited the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall and his gravesite when I was back in the Bay Area. Both my brothers came home safely, though my brother who did a full tour of duty in country in the Army never talks about it and I don't even know what unit he was in.
I won't even try to describe what the funeral was like for Skip's family, the memory of their grief is forever with me.
I would like to know about William's unit if anyone knows how to find out about it. I was only 16 when he was killed, but I seem to remember hearing that he was driving or riding in a jeep when it ran over a land mine.
It was a lousey time in America for our beloved service men and women with all the rotten protesters and such. They made life pretty miserable for the families and friends, too. Their right to dissent was one thing, but the cruel name calling was shameful.
To all of you that served, and to all who loved and supported them...Thank You.