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STAN FULLER, '65, R.I.P. (1947-1968)
Everyone liked Stan, who died serving our country in Vietnam

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Richard Mohr on January 1, 2018 at 3:05 PM said:

Stan was one of the students in my German 2 class when I was a senior at Sunny Hills. I graduated in 1964. I remember his taking one of his front teeth out to show someone how he pulled it out before football practice. When I was near the end of my second year at Fullerton Junior College, we bumped into each other and decided to go by SHHS to see our German teacher (Mr. Westgate I think his name was). We had some time with him and then walked around the school, waving at some people that we knew.

I went into the Army in November, 1967. After basic training, I went to language school to study Vietnamese. Just before Christmas leave in 1968, I saw a photo of him on the front page of Army Times. He was skipping rope in front of several Vietnamese children. When I got home, my father told me that he heard on the news that a graduate of Sunny Hills got killed over there. I asked if it was Stan Fuller. Dad had this odd look on his face and said that it might have been. I went to Vietnam in late May and stayed for two years. Most of the time I was translating radio messages.

For years, I wondered about that photo. When the city Fullerton added Vietnam deaths to those of other wars at a memorial at Hillcrest Park, I went to see if Stan's name was among them. There it was, along with a couple of others that seemed familiar. I have since seen his name on a plaque in Huntington Beach and another in Garden Grove.
Mark Gaggia, '65 on October 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM said:

To this day, I weep when I think of Stan dying so young and so far away. We were friends and neighbors from the time I moved to Fullerton in the 5th grade until we graduated together in 1965. He was as sweet and gentle as a human being could be and his passing has always haunted me.
Bobbi Combs (Cover) on June 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM on October 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM said:

My parents Fritz and Jean Cover, my sister and I lived across the street from the Fuller's. The day the military came to give Ned and Johnie the news of Stans death will never be forgotten and neither will Stan. It was one of the saddest days of our lives. What a great family.
Bob Polkinghorn '66 on July 18, 2012 at 7:22 PM said:

I was shaken and saddened by Stan's death in Vietnam...and it still bothers me. He was a great guy, with a wonderful smile for everyone, and undoubtedly would have brought much good to the lives of many had he lived. I researched his passing with some of his ex-military colleagues and one wrote the following to me:

"We went to British Jungle Warfare School together. He and another man were dogs handlers they spent 6 months there with the dogs then he returned to Viet Nam to finish his tour in an infantry unit. I still think of him often. Every time I go to the wall in DC. I visit him and Eddie Cox who was also killed when he an I were blown up by a IED. Fortunately I survived. Stan was a good man and soldier. I have always had a problem with his death. He had almost finished his tour. I vaguely remember him saying he was going to get married once he finished his tour and wanted me to come to the wedding. It was a shame that it happened. I will never forget him." Sergeant Bill Stockell, US Army Retired

Huge loss -God love him.

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