Military history

Stancil Vietnam War Veterans

James Walter Sweesy
Air Force, LtCol
Born Nov. 9, 1920
Died Aug. 7, 1971 Goldsboro, NC; Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
In Air Force from 1937 to 1968. Enlisted for war Jan. 31, 1946, in Pittsburgh. Served in World War II, Korea (Okinawa), Vietnam (Saigon); was Lt. Colonel, 1st Lt. Was married to Rose when entered World War II. Had a 30-year Air Force career.

Married to Rose Marie Stancil, daughter of Thomas Emmette Stancil, granddaughter of George Ira Stancil

George Preston Hill Jr.
Coast Guard & Army, CW2
Born Oct. 15, 1926 Johnston County, NC
Died April 14, 1988 Durham, NC
Served in Coast Guard for four years from 1942 to 1946. Joined Army in 1947 at Fort Bragg, NC. Served during Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. He was a tug boat pilot and licensed harbor pilot. Participated in the testing of the "H" bomb. Retired from Army in June 1972 after 28 years of service. Received several medals while in service, including the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and Bronze Star for Valor.

Husband of Margaret Pope, son of Preston Hill, grandson of Tempy Ann Stancil Hill.

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Garland Willard Brinson
Air Force
Born April 14, 1938

Served from 1958 to 1979. Attended basic training at Amarillo, Texas. He was assigned to ground refueling. Nine days after getting married to JoAnn Campbell, daughter of Mozelle who was the daughter of Josiah, Garland was sent to Goose Bay, Labrador, for 15 months. Garland made many moves including El Paso, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; Philippines; Phoenix, Ariz.; Okinawa; Great Falls, Montana and Shemya, Alaska. Garland retired as a Technical Sergeant.

Husband of JoAnn Campbell, daughter of Mozelle, granddaughter of Josiah Stancil

Willard "Bill" Fernie Edwards
Air Force, TSGT
Born Aug. 25, 1929 Johnston County, NC
Died Sept. 21, 1998 Pinkney, NC; Buried at Kenly Cemetery, Kenly, NC
Served from 1950 to 1970. Spent 20 years and attained rank of Tex Sergeant.

Son of Leafy Stancil and Levi Edwards, grandson of Josiah Stancil, husband of Laura.

William "Bill" Henry Batts Jr.
Navy, Commander
Born July 3, 1937 Wilson, NC

Served from June 3, 1959, to Aug. 1, 1980. Attended Naval Academy from June 27, 1955, to June 3, 1959. Served as commissioned officer. Was aboard the USS Wallace L. Lind, USS Springfield, USS Cone and USS Vulcan for about half of commissioned service. Rest of service was at various shore duty assignments. Earned a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In 1942, Harold Lloyd Stancil called nephew Bill "The Annapolis Kid.

Son of Vazelle Stancil Batts Jessup, grandson of George Ira Stancil

Frank Edwin Eason

Enlisted in Navy in 1959. Had three tours in Vietnam. while overseas visited the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea. He received an honorable discharge in 1967.

Frank is the son of Grover and Myrtle Stancil Eason, grandson of Eva and George Ira Stancil.

Henry C. 'H.C.' Phillips
Navy, Lieutenant
Born March 20, 1939

Served from 1961 to April 1966. Graduated from Duke, commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1961. Sent to Naval flight training at NAS, Pensacola, Fla., trained to fly F-8s. Went to Beeville Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas, and then Memphis, Tenn., for maintenance training, followed by Virginia Beach, Va. and Cecil Field Naval Air Station, Duval County, Fla. He was assigned to two air craft carriers; USS Roosevelt and USS Forrestall, and had two tours in the Mediterranean Sea.

Husband of Judy, the daughter of Vernard and Magdalene, the granddaughter of Alvin Stancil.

Linda Joyce Kelly
Marine Corps

Enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 7, 1961. Received an Honorable Discharge July 6, 1964. Did clerical work and the Marines sent her to East Carolina University to take classes.

Daughter of Mildred Ruth Stancil Moore Gooch and wife of Henry M. Moore (Samuel/Lonnie)

"Jes" Arnold Hales
Air Force
Born Nov. 4, 1940

A USAF officer from 1963 to 1984. Served in South East Asia (Vietnam) from 1967 to 1973 (7 TDY tours totaling 865 days). As a B-52 crew commander and instructor pilot, he flew 300 B-52 combat missions from bases in Guam, Okinawa and Thailand. Also served as a faculty member at the Air Command and Staff College from 1976 to 1980.

Son of Cedric and Hilda Stancil Hales, grandson of George Ira Stancil.

Arnold "Arnie" Thomas Stancil
Coast Guard
Born March 2, 1943

Served from October 1964 to October 1968. Served as a journalist for the Coast Guard for two years in New York City. He covered search and rescue stories in the North Atlantic. Then he was sent to the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. His new duties included coordinating PR for the Coast Guard and to review all the media coverage of the Coast Guard.

Son of Thomas Ruffin Stancil, grandson of Walter Greene Stancil, great-grandson of Henry Stancil.

James Earl Godwin
Born March 16, 1946
Died Nov. 16, 2007
Enlisted Oct. 13, 1966, at Nash County. His basic training was at the Great Lakes Naval training center. He was stationed at Long Beach, Calif. Jim served aboard the USS Bronstein, a destroyer escort that operated as part of the Pacific Fleet. USS Bronstein was built at the Avondale Shipyards, Louisiana. USS Bronstein was launched on 31 Mar 1962 at Charleston, S.C. It carried 16 officers and 180 enlisted men. Jim received an honorable discharge on July 2, 1970.
Jim received: National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
2 Bronze Star Medals with V device denoting Valor
(Valor-particular instance of combat heroism)
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Husband of Joan Ellis Bass, son of Narvin and Mavis Hill Godwin, grandson of Millard and Zilphia Stancil Hill, great grandson of Tempy Ann.

James Harding Stancil Jr.
U.S. Navy
Born Dec. 31, 1947

Served from Feb. 13, 1967 to 1970, as dispersing clerk on USS Independence

Son of James Harding Stancil, grandson of Leumos Stancil, great-grandson of Josiah Stancil

James Perry Hales III
Army, colonel
Born 1936

Served from 1968 to 1987. James Perry Hales III entered the Army as a private and retired as a full colonel. Served in Korea, Vietnam twice and Saudi Arabia for two years. He graduated from The Infantry Officer's Advanced course in Fort Benning, Ga.; the Command and General Staff course at Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. The Army sent him to Park University in Missouri where he received a degree in history. The Army assigned him to study languages at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., and in Washington, D.C. He studied Vietnamese and Arabic. His last assignment was at the Pentagon where he served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Chief of the Persian Gulf section in the office of Plans and Policy. He retired in 1987. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on April 28, 1968, the Silver Star on May 9, 1968, and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in place of a second Silver Star for gallantry on May 26-27, 1968, when he served as Company Commander of Company B, 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

James Perry Hales III is the son of Lois and James Perry Hales Jr., grandson of Delphia Pearl Hill and James Perry Hales. He is the husband of Lynn. (Tempy Ann)

'Dudley' Douglas Henry Price Sr.
Sergeant E-5
Born Sept. 3, 1948
Died March 31, 2004
Drafted and entered US Army on Mother's Day (May 12) of 1968, in 87th Airborne, sent to Vietnam, served until Dec 13, 1969.
Honorable discharged as a Sergeant E-5.

Son of Jimmie and Alice Stancil Price. (Tempy Ann/Ronia)

Gregory Hale Stancil
Marine Corps, Lance Corporal
Born Dec. 13, 1949 in Pine Level, NC
Died Jan. 5, 1969 Vietnam; Buried at Oliver-Godwin Cemetery Enlisted May 1967. Served from Feb. 29, 1968, to Jan. 5, 1969, in Vietnam. A sniper killed him making a deadly head shot. He died Jan. 5, 1969, of wounds received in hostile gunfire at Quang Nam and died hours later. Was Lance Corporal.

Son of Joseph Downing Stancil and Jeanne Godwin Stancil; grandson of Millard Stancil and great-grandson of John Archer and Pinetta Stancil.

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William Harold Stancil
Marine Corps, Master Sergeant
Born Nov. 22, 1949, in Ocala, Fla.

Served from Nov. 27, 1968 to May 31, 1990. In Vietnam from January 1971 to July 1971.
Earned high scoring marksman in platoon - a 232 expert while at Parris Island. Used skills to help another soldier pass basic training. Spent six months in cold training in upstate New York at Fort Drum during his time in the military.

Son of Ralph and Ethel Stancil, grandson of George Ira Stancil.

Ward "Jack" Jackson Laughinghouse Jr.
Air Force, Sgt
Born Dec. 22, 1949
Died July 18, 2007; Buried at New Bern Memorial Cemetery
Served from 1968 to 1972. Was stationed in London and was a communication specialist.

Son of Doris Stancil and Ward Jackson Laughinghouse, grandson of Lonnie Stancil and 'Susy' Pearl Renfrow, great grandson of Samuel Stancil.


Eric Warren Dennison
Marine Corps
Born July 21, 1951 Pennsylvania
Died Nov. 4, 1991 Las Vegas
Served from 1968 to 1969

Son of Bob and Dot Stancil Dennison, grandson of George Ira Stancil.

Hale Ralph Stancil
Marine Corps, E-4 Corporal
Born Jan. 3, 1946 Ocala, Fla.

Served from Dec. 9, 1969 to Sept. 8, 1971. Was in platoon 3089 in 1970, earning a 'Meritorious Promotion.' Also served Marines Reserves for four months based in Tampa.

Son of Ralph and Ethel Stancil, grandson of George Ira Stancil.

William Godwin Price
Born Feb. 3, 1948

Son of Tempie Mae Hill and Wilbert Godwin Price, grandson of William Moses Hill, great-grandson of Tempy Ann Stancil Hill.

James George Hill
Navy, AE3
Born Nov. 9, 1949
Died March 1, 2002; Buried at New Jerusalem Church Cemetery in Kenly, NC

Son of Jarvis "Ras" Godfrey Hill, grandson of William Moses Hill, great-grandson of Tempy Ann Stancil Hill.

George Robert Dennison
Marine Corps, sergeant
Born July 2, 1945, in N.C.

Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps. George joined the Marines and was sent to Vietnam. He was a gunner on a helicopter. George suffered a superficial wound. He attained the rank of sergeant.

Son of Dorothy Jane Stancil Dennison and Robert, grandson of Eva and George Ira Stancil.

Stephen Jerome Stancil
Born: March 1, 1954

Stephen joined the Army in 1971. He received an honorable discharge in 1974.

Basic training was in Fort Oro, Calif., and there is a photo of his 1st Platoon from March 24, 1971. He earned an expert marksman badge for his ability with a rifle.

Stephen is the son of Henry "Doc" Rudolph Stancil, grandson of James Oscar Stancil, great-grandson of Henry Stancil.