William Arthur DeBatesSpecialist Four
D CO, 4TH BN, 12TH INF RGT, 199 INF BDE
Army of the United States
01 September 1948 - 01 April 1969
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WILLIAM ARTHUR DeBATES was one of the first persons I met upon entering D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Vietnam. He was a fine person who came from a good family. William was innocently caught in a very tragic accident that took his life and the lives of two other people, a grenade accident on top of a bunker. May he now rest in peace in the golden light of eternal love, from now and forever more.
Your friend and comrade in arms,
SGT Richard Allen Thursby and PFC James Earl Bouyer
also died in the same grenade accident.
The men of the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light)
Bill was my cousin.
From his cousin,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 30 Jun 2001
Last updated 05/28/2006