For the second time in less than a month, a military serviceman who lived in the Redding area is killed in action in Afghanistan.
Marine Sergeant William C. Stacey, 23, died Tuesday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense (DOD) said Wednesday.
The DOD originally listed Redding as Stacey's hometown, but KRCR News Channel 7 has learned he only lived in the Northstate for a few months to attend Shasta College and play baseball back in 2006. It was in Redding that he decided to enlist with the Marines in the Fall of 2006.
Stacey was born in Hartford, Connecticut and lived the majority of his life in the Seattle, Washington area.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. He was a mortarman who began serving in the Marine Corps in January of 2007.
This was Stacey's fourth deployment to Afghanistan. He was reportedly planning to leave the military after his tour ended in March. KRCR News Channel 7's ABC affiliate in Seattle spoke to Stacey's father he said Stacey was the only one hurt in the IED explosion.
Stacey was a heavily decorated Marine. 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.
According to a Marine spokesman, Stacey's body is scheduled to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware late Wednesday before being taken to Arlington National Cemetery to be buried.
In January 27 American service members died in action in Afghanistan. The first killed was Navy First Class Petty Officer Chad Regelin of Anderson and the last was Sergeant William Stacey.
On January 2nd, 24-year-old Chad Regelin was killed in the same region. Regelin was a Navy First Class Petty Officer who was named "Sailor of the Year" for 2011, after personally locating and destroying 24 explosive devices and preventing an insurgency attack against his team. The Anderson High School grad was also based out of San Diego.