Decorated Vietnam veteran dies at 71
A Darlington native and resident who was decorated for service in Vietnam that cost him both legs died June 12 at his home.
Cpl. James Christopher Stanley (USMC, retired), was 71.
Stanley was born in Florence, a son of the late James Francis Stanley and the late Lillian Ethel Andrews. He was awarded a Combat “V” citation as well as the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for service in Vietnam during the 1960s.
He was severely wounded in 1967 at age 18 when crossing terrain that had been booby-trapped with land mines. The Marines said his actions there saved the lives of other servicemen. That incident caused him to lose a leg; the other was lost to amputation.
Surviving are his daughter, Samantha (Terry) Gainey; his son, James Christopher “Jamie” Stanley Jr.; grandchildren, Dr. Jordan Gainey of Iowa City, Iowa, Joshua Gainey of Beaufort, Dani Gainey of Darlington, Kinsley Stanley and Savannah Stanley of Florence; his brother, David Stanley of Darlington; his sister, Debbie (Ray) Snider of Darlington and several sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.