Eddie Bailey Story

Military Data
Service Army of the United States
Grade at loss O4
Rank Major
ID No 412641568
MOS 1204 Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander
Length Service **

Casualty Data
Start Tour ——
Incident Date 10221969
Casualty Date 11151981
Age at Loss 41 based on date declared dead
Location, South Vietnam
Remains Body recovered
Casualty Type Hostile, died of wounds
Casualty Reason Ground casualty
Casualty Detail Gun or small arms fire

Vietnam Wall Panel 17W Line 120

“I was with Major Story on the morning of the attack. He was badly wounded and in water unable to get up. I went into the water along with Cpl Hau and got him out to the side of the lake. I pulled off my tee shirt to cover his very bad head wound. I saw a uh1 over head and I started firing my m-16 in the air and they recogonized that we were in trouble. They hovered over the water and I was able to get my commander on board and they flew off with him. The flight was quick and over within a few minutes. This took place as we were about 4 kilometers from ALPH2 which was the last Fire base in Vietnam over looking the Ben Hai River. Cpl Hau and I laid waiting until the civilians started to move then we started our return back to ALPA2. I have tried to find Major Story over the years but was not able too. I saw his name on the wall of Honor and it rightly belongs there. I was a SSG at the time and went on to become a command Sgt Major and stayed on active duty for 30 years.”
-Submitted by Joe Hill, a soldier under his command

To Sgt. Hill, thank you so much for posting that story about my father. I have wanted to learn more about it for a long time. Ironically, his injury sent my mom into labor and I was born six days after the incident. Thank you again for describing what happened. It helps me to understand so much more.–Submitted by his daughter, Heidi Story


  • Rank: Major
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 February 1940
  • Date of death: 15 November 1981
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Jonesborough
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: Advisory Team 3, Military Assistance Command
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Bronze Star with Oak Leaf, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf, Air, National Defense, Vietnam Service & Vietnam Campaign Medals
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Saint Francis Memorial Garden, Chatham County, Georgia
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIV, Middle Panel
  • Sponsored by: Heidi Story

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