William D Sands

Captain
A CO, 1ST BN, 8TH INFANTRY, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
27 January 1940 - 22 March 1967
Daisy, Georgia
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4 INF DIV

8TH INF RGT
Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William D Sands

28 Jul 2001

Most of the men in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, had been together since Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington; all were friends. They were the best friends and soldiers I ever knew.

On 22 March 1967, Alpha 1/8 was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Battalion near Polei Duc in the Valley of Tears (the Plei Trap Valley). No-one shirked his duty or lost his nerve, and the bravery they showed was beyond belief - a Medal of Honor, two DSC's, seven Silver Stars, and many Bronze Stars were earned that day, but we lost friends and brothers.

The men who died that day in the Battle at Polei Duc will be remembered by those who didn't until we eventually rejoin them.

From his comrade-in-arms,
John Nelson
(now deceased)



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21 Nov 2003

Bidd, my buddy. I touched your name on The Wall this year and remembered how you touched my soul at Fort Benning and in Korea. I think of you often. May God keep you.

From an Infantry buddy,
John Schmidt III
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Ret)



27 Jan 2006

Thinking about you, my friend, on what would be your 66th birthday.

LTC John Schmidt III



15 Mar 2007

Just thinking about you.

John



08 Nov 2007

Thinking about you, my friend, on another Veterans Day. You are remembered.

LTC John Schmidt III
aggie62@austin.rr.com

11 Nov 2006

Bidd, I miss you every day. I often think of that night when you changed my life and we became fellow officers. May God keep you until we meet and once again can ride our horses through the flatwoods together.

From a classmate and childhood friend,
Jim Elders
ocs66@tds.net

Mr. Elders is the author of
Flatwoods and Lighterknots
a book dedicated to Bidd Sands.





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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Jul 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009