Extracted from  the USMA Alumni Magazine, Fall 1971

"His courage, daring and compassion are marked by his being awarded two Silver Stars for valor, a Soldiers Medal for courage in rescuing wounded comrades and the Air Medal for achievements in aerial flights."

"It was during the last month of his command (3 Feb-3 Mar 69) that his battalion faced its most bitter combat. While providing protection to the Vietnamese villagers in the Hau Duc Valley of Quang Tin Province and attempting to relieve enemy pressure on a Special Forces camp, two of his companies became heavily engaged with a Regular North Vietnamese Regiment. On the third of March 1969, a lull appeared in the conflict and Doc moved in his helicopter to perform that same act of mercy that had earned him the Soldiers Medal . . . On this occasion his aircraft met a fusillade of enemy small arms fire."

". . .  he would probably feel most moved by the words sent to his family by Major Thahn, the Vietnamese Chief of Hau Duc District:  'Your husband had a very good heart and was able to care for his soldiers and give help to the people in Hau Duc, and we want to say that your loss was felt by us also. We cannot forget his works and his great sacrifice.'"


Lieutenant Colonel William Clyde Stinson, Jr.,  was interred on the grounds at West Point Cemetery, United States Military Academy. He enlisted in the army at age 16 and was a Staff Sergeant in the infantry before being discharged a year later, in 1947. In 1948 he re-enlisted and applied for and received a Regular Army appointment to West Point, where he was graduated in 1953.

A guest house at the US Army School and Training Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia, is named in his honor. Colonel Stinson was from Georgia, the son of a Regular Army soldier.