THE SPRINGFIELD 50 PROJECT
Paul Eugene Bonnette

Personal Data:

Birth Date: 1/1/47
Birth Place: Springfield, MA
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Episcopal, Anglican
U.S. Citizen: Yes
 
Father's Name: Elphege Armand Bonnette
Mother's Name: Barbara Helen (Sharpe) Bonnette
Sibling Names: Judith C. Knox (half-sister)
 
Marital Status: Single
Wife's Name:   
Offspring Names:   
 
Education:
 
School Attended: Tapley School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 3/31/52
 
School Attended: Buckingham Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/21/59
 
School Attended: Classical Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/7/60
 
School Attended: Classical High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/5/62  
 
School Attended: Technical High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/7/65
 
High School Diploma: No
 
Selective Service Data:
 
SSS Local Board Number: 14
SSS Local Board Location: Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date: 1/11/65  
SSS Registrant Description: 5' 11"/160 pounds/brown hair/blue eyes
 
Military Service Record:
 
Entry Date: 12/15/66
Entry Mode: Induction
Entry Location: Springfield, MA
 
Home Of Record: Springfield, MA
 
Military Branch: Army
Military Component: Selective Service
 
Rank: Specialist Four
Rank Abbrev: SP4
Pay Grade: E4
 
MOS: 67A1F
MOS Title: Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
MOS Background: Established May 65 as Aircraft Maintenance Crewman.  Retitled to Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice in Jan 68.  Deleted Mar 73.  5th char of F = flight status.  Most were helo door-gunners.  Upon promotion to E5 were reclassified to aircraft specific MOS.
 
Awards Received: Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Air Medal with 1st through 31st Oak Leaf Clusters; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
 
Badges Earned:  Parachutist Badge; Aircraft Crewman Badge; Expert Badge with Rifle Bar and Machine Gun Bar; Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar
 
Length Of Service: 1 year
 
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
 
Date Tour Commenced: 12/7/67
 
Major Command: 1st Aviation Brigade
Sub Command 1: 12th Aviation Group
Sub Command 2: 11th Aviation Battalion (Combat)
Sub Command 3: 128th Assault Helicopter Company
 
Base Location: Phu Loi, South Vietnam
 
Vehicle/Equipment Type: UH-1B Helicopter
Vehicle/Equipment S/N: 62-01874
 
Army Campaign Number: 5th
Army Campaign Name: Counteroffensive, Phase III
 
Casualty Data:
 
Casualty Date: 11/25/68
 
Co-Casualties: WIA: 3
 
Casualty Age: 21
 
Casualty Data 1: Hostile
Casualty Data 2: Helicopter Crewman
Casualty Data 3: Air Loss-Crash On Land
 
Casualty Province: Bien Hoa Province
Casualty Country: South Vietnam
Casualty Grid Coordinates: YT 020 276
 
Body: Recovered
 
Burial/Memorial: 
 
Burial Location: Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Burial Plot Location: 722-D-6
Burial Date: 12/9/68
 
Consigned Funeral Home: Dickinson-Streeter Funeral Home, Springfield, MA
 
Escort Name: SGT Raymond E. Braziel, USA
 
Springfield 50 Casualty Order: 28th
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number: 38W
                                                  Line Number: 55

Home ] Up ] Bonnette Casualty Report ]