DOD Identifies Marine Casualty
Sgt. William C. Stacey, 23, of Redding, Calif., died Jan. 31 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 1st Marine Division public affairs office at 760-725-8766.
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he was from Seattle, Washingtom...meanwhile the DOD release said he was from Redding, Ca
He was a mortarman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, according to a news release from Camp Pendleton.
Stacey began serving in the Marine Corps Jan. 3, 2007. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.
His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze star devices, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with silver star device, and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.
"The Marines and sailors of 1st Marine Division mourn the loss of Sgt. Stacey," the news release said. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family."
a fantastic tribute article by Lawrence Dabney:
The Tragedy and Grace of Sgt. William Stacey
Will was killed this morning by an IED blast somewhere in Now Zad district of Helmand province. He was the only casualty, though another marine was injured by a second IED. He was on a dismounted foot patrol and some halfwit insurgent managed to cram enough explosive material into the bomb that it killed him. He’ll be buried in Arlington, I hear. Today was his mother’s birthday.