Buster Stinnett was born on November 3, 1927, in Jessamine County, Kentucky. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the ceasefire period after World War II on February 4, 1946, and received an honorable discharge on June 7, 1947. After the start of the Korean War, PFC Stinnett was recalled to active duty on February 20, 1951, and was serving with the 8100th Army Unit as an advisor with the Korean Military Assistance Group when he was killed in action in North Korea on June 24, 1952.
Epitaph For A Hero
If I should perish overseas
In service to my Land
I shall have died a noble death--
Let none misunderstand.
I hope my body will be found,
Returned back to my home,
Where it was nourished and inspired--
No more to yearn, or roam.
Home is the soldier then from the war
Back to his family;
Home is the patriot at last,
Buried in majesty.
Pause, visitor, and cast a glance,
Upon a hero's grave;
Be thankful to breathe Freedom's air,
For which his life he gave.