In Memory

Bill Stone

Bill was a Lieutenant (JG) in the Navy. His date of death was August21, 1969.

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08/22/11 02:23 PM #1    

Jack Dettweiler (Dettweiler)

Bill died in August, 1969, in a Navy jet training accident, ten weeks after I was his Best Man in his wedding.

Jack Dettweiler

08/26/11 12:41 PM #2    

John Criswell


William A. Stone (Billy) is buried at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

John Criswell

02/01/15 01:44 PM #3    

John Criswell

02/02/15 09:39 AM #4    

Larry Levy

Upon graduating HHS, I entered the Air Force for four years serving in Turkey and Germany.  I returned and started at UNM when Bill approached me wearing his ROTC uniform and asked me where I've been.  I shared my story with him and told him I was just starting school.  We discussed the irony of doing things in reverse order and he expressed his excitement about going in.  His early loss was tragic.  He was a great guy.

03/16/23 10:56 AM #5    

Neal Kloepfer

Mary Jane Johnson (Casimir)

My husband had just completed his flight training in Kingsville when Bill Stone was in the plane crash.   A very dear friend of ours was killed in the other plane.  He left a wife and child. We attended the service in Kingsville, which honored both of them, and it was extremely sad situation.  It was a terrible loss, as both men were such fine people. 

03/17/23 03:31 PM #6    

James Winship Parmelee

I was surprised to learn how closely Bill and my service experiences meshed.  I did not know Bill well but I have a good appreciation for aviation training.  At the time of his death, I had completed Undergraduate Pilot Training in the Air Force and was transitioning into the C7A Dehavilland Caribou for my assignment in Vietnam.  I have heard many stories about the difficulty of the naval aviation program(carrier landings) and the number of deaths they had in training.  I have great admiration for Bill in completing the aviation program.  As noted by Captain A. G. Lamplugh, “Aviation, in itself, is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.” I don't assume that was the case for Bill since it was a mid-air colllision.  Unfortunately, aviation accidents do not end well for anyone.

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