In the winter of 1967, Michael “Mickey” Stockton was living the dream of many high school athletes. Having earned a college basketballscholarship, he was playing for North Georgia College in Clarkesville, Georgia. All this was to change quickly and radically when he left school early in 1968. Shortly thereafter, he received his call to duty from “Uncle Sam.”
By April 1968, he had his physical examination for induction into the United States Army. June 1968 found him in basic training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, immediately followed by Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Lewis, Wash. He arrived at the 199th Infantry Brigade’s main base camp at Long Bihn, Vietnam in November 1968 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry.