THE SPRINGFIELD 50 PROJECT
Thomas Eugene Champagne
School Attended: Elias Brookings School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/11/57 School Attended: Armory Street School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 12/6/57 School Attended: Carew Street School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/3/58 School Attended: Brightwood School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 12/14/59 School Attended: Chestnut Street Junior High School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/4/63 School Attended: Trade High School, Springfield, MA School Start Date: 9/7/66 High School Diploma: No
Selective Service Data: SSS Local Board Number: SSS Local Board Location: SSS Registration Date: SSS Registrant Description:
Military Service Record: Entry Date: 4/22/67 Entry Mode: Enlistment Entry Location: Springfield, MA Home Of Record: Springfield, MA Military Branch: Army Military Component: Regular Rank: Specialist Four Rank Abbrev: SP4 Pay Grade: E4 MOS: 67N2F MOS Title: UH-1 Helicopter Repairer MOS Background: Established May 65 as UH-1 Helicopter Repairer. MOS still in use today. 4th char of 2 = E5 skill level. 5th char of F = flight status, normally the crew chief/left door gunner on UH-1 "Huey" helicopter. Awards Received: Bronze Star Medal; Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Military Merit Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badges Earned: Aircraft Crewman Badge; Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar Length Of Service: 2 years
Southeast Asia Tour Data: Date Tour Commenced: 7/19/69 Major Command: 1st Aviation Brigade Sub Command 1: 17th Aviation Group Sub Command 2: 52nd Aviation Battalion (Combat) Sub Command 3: 189th Assault Helicopter Company Base Location: Camp Holloway, Pleiku, South Vietnam Vehicle/Equipment Type: UH-1H Helicopter Vehicle/Equipment S/N: 67-17316
Army Campaign Number: 11th Army Campaign Name: Summer - Fall 1969
Casualty Data: Casualty Date: 9/14/69 Casualty Time: 1230 Co-Casualties: KIA: WO1 Larry G. Marsh; WO1 Gary R. Mason; SP5 Gale S. Pritchard Casualty Age: 19 Casualty Data 1: Non-Hostile Casualty Data 2: Helicopter Crewman Casualty Data 3: Air Loss-Crash On Land Casualty Province: Pleiku Province Casualty Country: South Vietnam Casualty Grid Coordinates: AR 486 764 Located In Or Near: between II Corps HQ and Camp Holloway, Pleiku Body: Recovered
Burial/Memorial: Burial Location: St. Mary's Cemetery, Newport, VT Burial Date: 9/29/69
Consigned Funeral Home: Rushford Funeral Home, Newport, VT Escort Name: SSG William J. Franks, USA Springfield 50 Casualty Order: 39th Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number: 18W Line Number: 81
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