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Richard Norman Bruso

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  2/19/39
Birth Place:  Springfield, MA
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Roman Catholic
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
 
Father's Name:  William F. Bruso
Mother's Name:  Helen E. (Unalavitch) Bruso
Sibling Names:   
 
Marital Status:  Married
Wife's Name:  Nadyne Alois (Simpson) Bruso
Offspring Names:  Kimberli Alois Bruso; Richard George Bruso
 
Education:
 
School Attended:  Sacred Heart School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/6/44
 
School Attended:  Trade High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/9/53
 
High School Diploma:  No
 
Selective Service Data:
 
SSS Local Board Number:  122
SSS Local Board Location:  Newport News, VA
 
Military Service Record:
 
Entry Date:  10/30/61
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
 
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
 
Military Branch:  Army
Military Component:  Regular
 
Rank:  Specialist Six
Rank Abbrev:  SP6
Pay Grade:  E6
 
MOS:  67N40
MOS Title:  UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
MOS Background:  Established May 65 as UH-1 Helicopter Repairer.  MOS still in use today. 4th char of 4 = E6 skill level. 5th char of O = no extra qualification or SQL.
 
Awards Received:  Air Medal with "V" device and 10th Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal with three-loop, Bronze Clasp; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars; Overseas Service Ribbon with Bronze Numeral 3; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
 
Badges Earned:  Aircraft Crewman Badge; Expert Badge with Auto Rifle Bar; Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar
 
Length Of Service:  19 years
 
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
 
Date Tour Commenced:  7/27/70
 
Major Command:  101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)
Sub Command 1:  101st Aviation Group
Sub Command 2:  159th Aviation Battalion
Sub Command 3:  272nd Aviation Company
 
Base Location:  Rhodes Army Heliport, Phu Bai, South Vietnam
 
Vehicle/Equipment Type:  CH-47C Helicopter
Vehicle/Equipment S/N:  68-15835
 
Army Campaign Number:  14th
Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase VII
 
Casualty Data:
 
Casualty Date:  2/15/71
Casualty Time:  1955
 
Co-Casualties:  KIA:  CPL Larry F. Ott; CW2 William D. Sapp; SFC Yoshio Takehara; CPT Gerald P. Wick.
 
Casualty Age:  31
 
Casualty Data 1:  Non-Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Helicopter Crewman
Casualty Data 3:  Air Loss-Crash On Land
 
Casualty Province:  Thua Thien Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Casualty Grid Coordinates:  YD 891 161
Located In Or Near:  north of Phu Bai
 
Body:  Recovered
 
Burial/Memorial: 
 
Burial Location:  Parklawn Cemetery, Hampton, VA
Burial Date:  2/26/71
 
Consigned Funeral Home:  Riverside Funeral Home, Newport News, VA
 
Escort Name:  SSG Richard R. Massengale, USA
 
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  49th
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  05W
                                                  Line Number:  104

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