Military history

Stancil Desert Storm Veterans

Thomas 'Ira' Ike Sweesy
Air Force

Served from 1971 to 1992, Graduated from Air Force Academy
Was EF-111 Flight Lead, flew 34 missions over Iraq and Saudi Arabia; based out of Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho

Son of Rose Stancil, grandson of Thomas Emmette Stancil, great-grandson of George Ira 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)