THE SPRINGFIELD 50 PROJECT
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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