Who Have Preceded
Names Shown in brown color were added in
Thanks to the work of JB
West using 1968 unit rosters and SSN records we are able to
include these Troopers.
They are not forgotten!
D Troop Pilot and Plank Owner
Link to obituary page
Donald (Donny) K Rahm
Long Knife Crewchief
Link to obituary page
LTC Kenneth Nielsen
Former D Troop Commanding
to obituary page
D Troop 1st Sergeant
Command Sergeant Major Retired
Died on December 19, 1982 in a helicopter crash.
Albano, Nick Jr.
Died July 22, 2012. A decorated Vietnam veteran, he was born May
A celebration of his life will be held at Bayshore Diplomat, 2611
Bayshore Blvd. Sat, Aug. 4, 2012, 2-4pm.
a memorial page for Nick
Lewis Eugene “Buck” Buchanan
VIRGINIA – LTC (R) Lewis Eugene “Buck” Buchanan, the consummate
warrior, was born on Johnson Air Force Base in Japan on May 18,
1950 and passed away on June 8, 2012.
a Memorial Page
Passed away in 2012 after lengthy illness.
By Steve Kirkland
Nguyen Van Hai
The D Troop Doughboy's Interpreter passed away in 1980.
By Jim Flynn
Scavenger 6 Pilot 1967
It is with great sadness that I forward this
message from Lynda to all of you.
Bill was a very special Plankowner and the overwhelming
thoughts that came to me when I learned of his passing was
that how lucky I was to have known him & how great it
was to see him for the last time at our reunion last
year. There have been only few people in my life
who have touched me as deeply as did Bill with his great
sense of humor, generosity of spirit, can-do attitude,
spectacular common sense, and lack of pretension.
I, and I'm sure you as well, will miss him tremendously.
With best regards!!
Obituary and Celebration of Life
Dennis R. Freeman
Long Knife Pilot 1970
wish to have WO1 Dennis R Freeman added to the Folded
Wings Roster. He passed away on 12/09/2009 in Phoenix,AZ.
I first met Dennis while forming up A Trp2/17th Air Cav at
Ft Campbell, KY.
We came over on the same plane to Danang then they
transfered a bunch of us to Vihn Long and to B Trp 7/1st
In Oct 1969 Dennis and I and a few others from B Trp
transfered to D Trp 3/5th Air Cav.
I was the slick platoon leader and Dennis was in my
platoon as an AC.
On one mission we were hit with groundfire so I can
vouch that Dennis was a true member of D Troop.
We came home in April 1970.
Thanks! Lee Overstreet , Longknife 26
Photo of Dennis
Crusader Pilot 1968-'69
Aviator, warrior, husband and father, CPT Samuel
Paul Munn, US Army (Retired), passed away January 26,
2011, in San Antonio. He was born January 20, 1948, in
Columbia, South Carolina to Henry Paul Munn and R. Lee
Honeycutt Munn. He graduated from Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University, Pepperdine University and
completed studies for a doctorate at the University of
Georgia. Samuel served in the US Army for 20 years. He
served with valor in Vietnam in D Troop, 3rd/5th CAV.
Following retirement from the Army, he worked for the
Federal Aviation Administration and Premier Aeronautics.
He was one of the first 1,000 to pilot the Cobra attack
helicopter. He was a member of the Vietnam Helicopter
Pilots Association, Distinguished Flying Cross Society,
National Association of Flight Instructors, AOPA and EAA,
and a lifetime member of VFW and DAV. Samuel was preceded
in death by his parents; brother, Henry Paul Munn, Jr.;
stepmother, Virginia Munn; grandparents, Samuel Paul Munn
and Blanche Munn Price, Vance and Minnie Honeycutt; and
niece, Roni Wilson Ballard. He is survived by his loving
family, his wife of 36 years, Connie Pylant Munn;
daughter, Linley Chandelle Munn; son, Austin Travis Munn
and his fiancée Heather Florence Sieloff; sister, Peggy
Munn Wilson and grand-nieces, Savannah, Olivyah, and
Shelby; nieces, Shannon, Amber, Jessica and Christina;
nephews, David, and wife Larissa, Damian, Kenneth, Daniel
and JD. He is also survived by his aunt, Joyce King, and
cousins, Chuck, Pam, Tammy and Patti of South Carolina.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at Porter Loring
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
FEBRUARY 2, 2011
Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in Fort
Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may
be made to Sunshine Cottage 603 E. Hildebrand, San
Antonio, TX 78212 or EAA Young Eagles.
You are invited to sign
the Guestbook at
Crusader Pilot 1969
I recently sent
a letter to Dave Maahs at his last known address. A
few days later I got a call from his father informing Dave
died some time ago. February of 2003. I knew
Dave in 1969 when he was a Crusader and the check pilot
for the Cobra pilots. Daves' father told me exposure
to Agent Orange was a contributing factor to his
death. Dave had been working for Honeywell after
leaving the Army and was living in Minnesota at the time
of his death.
Submitted by Bob Schultz
Former Stingray, Former Crusader, Former Ramrod
Nazario "Charlie" Solis
Long Knife Crew Chief '70-'71
Passed away in Kankakee, IL, Dec 19, 2009
Ralph Norman Cogburn
War Wagon Gunner '70-'71
August 24, 2007
Troop, through contact with
Rooster's family, I have recently learned that he passed away in
Oklahoma in 2007.
here to view a memorial page.
Cpt. James Michael
August 26, 2010
I am so very sorry to
have to tell you that Jim died last Friday.
He had aggressive lung cancer and the treatments did not
work. He died peacefully, with dignity and all of us who
loved him are heartbroken.
We are having a Memorial Service at Embry-Riddle on
Suturday. I am going to display his Medals and he will have
He always thought that every day he was alive after Viet Nam
was bonus day, I guess I'm greedy because I wanted many
His Wife, friend and lover for 25 years.
to Jim's obituary
CWO Richard Dale Jenks
KIA Dec 13, 1967 while flying
with the 176th AHC
George Garrety escorted "Rick's"
to Photos Of Jenks in VN while in D Troop (Bottom
of that page)
Link to accident report (leaves this website)
SFC Leonard J "Jack"
My name is Magdalene Boyett and I am the widow of
Leonard J. BOYETT, "Jack".
I have searched the net for months to find you and
was thrilled to finally see the 1971 year book.
Shown below, in the second row of the photos, is my
beloved husband's photo, twice, once with CPT Goodbary
and one by himself.
Please feel free to add Jack's name below the pictures.
Jack was with Maint Plt, C Trp, 3/17 CAV during Feb
When the unit de-activated, he was sent directly from
Vietnam to the 25th INF DIV in Schofield Barracks.
I have additional photos of Jack standing in front of
buildings with signs saying:
C TRP 3/17 CAV, WAR WAGONS AERO SCOUTS LIGHT HORSE and
SCAVENGERS, Maint Plt, AIR 3/17 CAV, Light Horse, etc.
If there is anyone out there who remembers my
husband, please contact me via e-mail: boyettm AT
Link to a VN photo of Jack
SFC Gerold Doggett
Passed away July 13, 2007
Submitted by Red Hagen
CWO Alvin L. Tatman
Passed away on Dec 10, 2009 in
Alvin was a Spook Pilot.
Submitted by Red Hagen
Sgt Thomas (Pete)
Pete passed away from a heart
attack while living in Oklahoma City in May 1985.
He was a D Troop "Plank Holder".
Submitted by his Son Via Ken Roundtree
January 19, 2010
War Wagon Crew Chief
Major Robert Grof
Crusader Pilot and Executive
KIA April 10, 1971
Joe B. Duncan
December 20, 2009
War Wagon 19
Link to Obituary
James Matthew Carson
Septtember 18, 2008
SP-5 Jim Carson served with D
Troop in '68 & '69
He was a Crewchief / Door Gunner
Submitted by his Wife Rhonda and good Friend Jim Burrell
Link to Jim's Photos
to Memory Letter
August 19, 2009
passed away in Florida last week from cancer.
I noticed he was mentioned in the Moon Over Delta story by
Don Callison. He was my wife’s uncle.
I am not sure if he was involved with the reunion group at
all – he never mentioned anything about his time over
I just thought some of you guys might want to know, maybe
you knew him.
Link to VN Photo
Link to Story
November 7, 2008
I Just wanted to
pass on to all the guys in unit that Charlie Brown –
Crusader 35 passed away.
Charlie was a long time pilot for us – PHI,
Inc. God rest his soul.
Link to a Memorial Page
saddened by the loss of fellow employee Captain
Charlie Brown who passed away yesterday following
a battle with cancer. National Cremation and
Burial Society is in charge of the
arrangements. No visitation will be
held. A graveside service with full military
honors will be held November 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Captain Brown was assigned to the Boothville, LA
base. A remembrance will be sent on behalf
of Friends at PHI.
Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola, FL 32508
Submitted by Dale Johnson
Buddy snelling was based out
of Vinh Long, he came over from 7/1 just before I left.
He was shot down and had injured his arm, but returned
to duty some time later. He and I played football at Paradise
Valley High School in Phoenix, Az.
When he came home he was working on a 30 ft wall. He and fell
landed on his head on March 15 and died March17, 1970.
He is not buired in the national cemetery. His parents buried
him at Phoenix Memorial Park at 200 W. Beardsley Rd.
I attended the funeral and was sadend by his loss.
I hope this helps.
Submited by Jack
War wagon DoorGunner
Long Knife Door Gunner in 70-71
Steve passed away at his home in Utah on May 3, 2007
LaRoche, Joseph L.
20 January 2007
Gilbert V. Miranda
With regret I''m informing you of
the passing of SFC Gilbert V. Miranda 67 of San Antonio, TX
Gilbert was one of the "Original" Aero- Rifle Platoon members
formed at Fort Riley, Kansas in 1966.
Gilbert passed away on July 25, 2007 of health problems
attributed to his three tours in Vietnam.
A good friend, a brave man, and a great family man.
Gilbert is survived by a wonderful family as well as his two
brothers. Abel, who served as a Marine in the Korean War and
later as a paratrooper in Vietnam, and Gabriel, Gilbert''s
identical twin who served with the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam.
The "Alamo Silver Wings" Airborne Association, of which Gilbert
was a life member, performed the honors with perfection.
Present at the burial were three other members of the Aero-Rifle
Platoon of 1967-68.
Ruben Albares, Baldemar "Speedy" Gonzales, and Jose "Pancho"
Sanchez as well as myself, John Stenmo.
War Wagon Gunner in 71-71
Butch passed away on October 29, 2006 from a heart
Please see the Memorial Page dedicated to Butch.
Torgeson, Theodore WO-1
2 February 2005
Titus, James M. E-3
30 January 2005
War Wagon 14 in 71-72
December 2004 after a lengthy battle with disease.
Burchfield, Leonard D. CW2
Hickman, Marion L. E-8
2 August 2004
War Wagon Crewchief/Gunner Extrordinaire from 69-71
Ed passed away on February 9th, 2004 from heart disease.
BIA Bruce Barney pretty well sumed
all our feelings with this beautiful
note and epithet written to Ed's friend Ronald Stewart.
Leon E. E-7
27 June 2003
James R."Smitty" Smith
Passed away on April 24th 2003.
It took awhile for his Mom to get ahold of me.
His Mom didn't find my address till after
the funeral, and I don't think many
people showed up.
Captain Steve Gibson
Due to a major heart
attack in 2002.
Steve was transfered to
the Gun Platoon after the unit became designated as C
He was also the oficer who
was short. He and I had a wire stringing detail and chopped
down a mine while he was the OIC and I was NCO. He caught
the blast in the whole upper torso.
I had talked with him on
the phone 2 days before he died and then I got the email
from his family about the heart attack.
I'm very sorry to report
1st Sergeant Richard H. Gardner Sr.
Passed away on August 9, 2002
He was "Top" in 1970 and 1971
Submitted by Larry Sprader
Passed away on
Tuesday Aug. 18th 1998,
Francis C. Minard
Passed away October 6,
2002 from Liver cancer.
He was with 3/5Cav D Troop from the time he was
at Ft.Riley Kansas until he went to Nam in Feb.67.
He was a Doorgunner for 13 months until March
He then went into supply until Oct.68.
Submitted by his wife, Frances Bruno - Minard.
Passed away the morning of May 30, 2002 after a
We'll all miss him.
Bill King posts the following:
Ken was the last member of
Light Horse, C/3/17 to leave VN.
He had been assigned to go to Saigon, and the
rest of the unit left. The guys he was working with said that
he was going to have to leave for the freedom bird, but he
told them that he still had stuff in his room back at Vinh
Long. These guys said that the base had been turned over to
the Arvins for over three weeks and that his shit was long
gone.....but Ken insisted on getting a ride to Vinh Long to
get his stuff.
When he got there the base was trashed and all
hootches had been ransacked. He opened the door to his hootch,
and everything was just as he had left it.
The skull was in the rafters, just inside the
door, and facing the entrance......
He got his stuff, packed it up, waved goodbye to
the skull, and flew back to get on the freedom bird.
As far as he knew, the room and skull are still
That's all I know about Ken,
other than that he had a great sense of humor, and was really
upset that his health prevented him from attending our
Olson, Kenneth G. E-5
Haske, Ronald L. E-5
24 September 2001
Wigfall, Abraham E-6
3 June 2001
Griffin, Joseph E. E-6
12 February 2001
War Wagon Crewchief
Died October 15, 2000.
He was found in his van that was parked in a
church parking lot.
Cause of death is unknown.
He was my friend and a true brother.
Submitted by Ron Quezada
Prez. Black Knights Association
Jacobs, Robert N. E-5
9 May 2000
Simon, David F. E-3
Traweek, James L. E-4
23 July 1999
McManusThomas G. 1Lt.
Long Knife Pilot
after a long
battle with a brain tumor.
Larry to be a fine pilot and a Friend.
He will be
family asks that he be remembered by making donations to:
Brain Tumor Assoc.
Des Plains IL
D Trp 3/5 Cav
Don, I spoke
with you at the reunion about Merle McClendon having died
several years ago. I got a hold of his daughter and he died July 10, 1998.
Merle was a cobra crew chief and I do recall one of his pilots
was Tony Bankston, but I am not sure who’s ship he crewed after
Tony left Vietnam. Merle came to Vinh Long about the same time I
did in January 1970. Maybe you remember, but they had a deal
where you could leave just before Christmas 1970 if you had like
11 months in. That’s what Merle did. He bunked across the hall
from Ed Owens and I. If you look through those slides, there is
a picture of him and I standing there with each of us holding a
hammer. That was the day the lifer’s made us tear down the
plywood partitions in our barracks. Please add Merle to our roll
call. His daughter said Merle would was proud to serve with us
and she really liked the idea someone else is saying his name
Jerry & Patti
Carstens, Ronald E. E-5
22 July 1998
Christopher, James W. E-6
23 June 1997
SSG George Bartnicki
George was with us in Vinh Long.
He passed away on September 26, 1996 as a result
of Lung Cancer
Submitted by his son, Stanley E. Jones
Fiveash, Nelson E-7
14 Jan 1996
Joseph E. Robinson
War Wagon Crewchief, 70-71
Passed away in 1995 from Colon Cancer
Submitted by Rick Waite via Joe's Dad.
Ltc. (ret) Allan "Ace" Cozzallio
Passed away on April 30, 1993 after failed heart
Family Memorial at VHPA
Montgomery, Clarence E-4
19 July 1992
Worthington, Reid G. E-3
23 August 1991
Anthony (Tony) Zimecki
10 March, 1989
Airplane Crash in Titusville, Fl.
Long Knife Door Gunner in 1969 & 70
Sent in by his son Jeremy
Kimmel, Robert F. E-3
Carlos "Charlie" Nunez
Passed away in August 1988
Weedman, Kenneth L. E-3
Jetter, Larry CW-2
William G. JR
"Jinx" G. Callis, Jr. died after his tour in Vietnam on
10/01/1984 at the age of 37 (Exact date not known.)
He had fishing alone in the Gulf of Mexico. Boat was
recovered without Callis's body.
Flight Class 68-521
Date of Birth 08/05/1947
Served in Vietnam with D/3/5 CAV in 69-70
This information was provided to VHPA by Samuel P. Munn
Roy A. E-5
Johnston, Robert F. WO-1
Hartwick, Edward A. E-5
Romanski, John H. WO-1
Springs, George W. E-4
WO Thomas E. Boeshore
War Wagon pilot in 1968
Listed by VHPA as "Died after training in an
auto accident" in the VHPA directory.
He and his wife died in a car wreck on their honeymoon in 1975.
Submitted by JB West
Les "Same Same" Smith
Captain Jon Swanson
Served with D Troop on his first tour, 1966-67.
Doughboy Platoon Leader/Aviator
KIA in February 1971.
He was on his second tour and flying Scouts with
B Troop 1/9th.
Shot down while supporting ARVNs in Cambodia.
Listed as BNR he was awarded the DSC.
On may 1, 2002 President George Bush Presented
Jon's family with the Congressional Medal of Honor that he was
awarded for the same action.
He was interred with his gunner/observer Staff
sergeant Larry Harrison, at Arlington on May 3rd.
Representatives from the 3/5th Cavalry were
Read Comments by
fellow 1/9th CAV Troopers.
Read comments by
Black Knight who attended the interment.
Returns MIA Bracelett.
A letter to
President Bush from Kent Converse
War Wagon 19
Date or cause
of death is unknown
These dates and other data
may not be correct.
I'm sure there are other
guys who have passed away that we don't know about.
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