William Douglas Sparks

Army of the United States
19 October 1948 - 09 June 1969
Stout, Ohio
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Douglas Sparks

4 Feb 2002

I was a young child when my cousin Billy was killed. Although I never had the chance to know him I am proud of his dedication and sacrifice. God Bless you Billy!

A memorial initiated by a cousin.
E-mail address is not available.

01 Oct 2002

Billy was actually born in Tollesboro, KY. We were teenagers when we lived in Stout, OH, when he was drafted. We only lived there for 2 years.

I am proud of his service, but I am angry that my brother had to die. He was killed by friendly fire on June 9th, 1969. I am happy that his memory has not been forgotten. I salute you, my dear brother.

From his sister,
Sandra Sparks Crispo

21 Aug 2003

I never met my "Uncle Billy", but his memory has lived on
through our family. His death was a loss that tore through
the hearts of my beloved grandmother, Margaret Wheeler, and
my mother, Sandra Crispo. For the last 34 years, so
many tears have been shed.

I commend all of the soldiers who have defended our country and
those who have endured the loss of their loved ones for this
purpose. I salute to you all.

To my uncle, Sgt. William D. Sparks, I am honored to be a part of
your legacy, and you will live on throughout each generation.
Thank you Sgt. William Sparks, "Uncle Billy", for serving my country.

- Stephanie A. Himes -

30 Jan 2006

There is and always will be such an empty place in my heart for you. You were my big brother and protector; giving your life to protect others, and leaving us much too soon. Mother kept your medals next to her chair until she passed to join you.

My Love Always
Sue Ann Sparks Yockey

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, lost nine men on 09 June 1969:
  • 1LT Waldemar J. Geiger, Cleveland, OH, Company A
  • SGT William D. Bushard, Mancelona, MI, Company B
  • SGT William D. Sparks, Stout, OH, Company B
  • SGT Terry G. Rada, Geddes, SD, Company D
  • SGT Daniel T. Thurston, Ambler, PA, HQ Company
  • SP4 Christopher J. Bean, Rockland, MA, Company C
  • SP4 Gary J. Winkler, North Babylon, NY, HQ Company
  • PFC Larry R. Gilbertson, Mora, MN, Company B
  • PFC Donald O. Hartman, Independence, MO, Company C

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