191st Assault Helicopter Company

 

Our Losses Since Vietnam

   

 


Art Almaraz on the left provided this picture, and Troy (Cupp) McKenna is on the right.
Troy McKenna was the Originator of Getting the 191st AHC back together.
Regretfully, Troy passed away 6 April 1993 due to a heart attack.
Also in the picture are Harry (Bud) Blalock next to Art, and Richard (Rick) Biggs next to Troy.


Frederick D. Daniloff, Commanding Officer of the 191st from 3 Sep 69 to 27 Jan 70.  He died 22 Feb 1974 during an experimental test flight at Fort Rucker, Alabama.  He is remembered on the USMA website:

http://www.aog.usma.edu/Class/1961/daniloff.htm


Robert Seiffert, Pilot in the Second Flight Platoon.  Robert was killed in the line of duty in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Police Officer, March 6, 1979


Kerry Doak, Bounty Hunter Pilot and AC.  Kerry survived Vietnam, but died of a massive heart attack September 1, 1998. Kerry served with the Boomerangs from September '68 to September '69


Randall L. Edwards, who served as a door gunner in the 191st AHC.  Our Brother died of Cancer in October,  2000.  He was from Rutland, Vermont


Pat O'Donnell who crewed in the White Flight, passed away Wednesday March 6, 2002 due to Respiratory Complications.


Marvin Reynolds, Yellow Flight AC.  Marvin was diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer in early December, 2003.  Unfortunately after a short battle Marvin passed away on March 7, 2004


Thomas A. Johnson, Bounty Hunter Pilot 1970-1971.  T. J.  passed away June 10, 2004 due to a heart attack.  He was laid to rest with full honors at Arlington on June 15, 2004.  This sad news is reported by his Son, Arthur.


Raymond T. Cunneen.  Ray was in the White Flight for several months in 69.  It has been reported that Ray died in August of 78.  No cause of death is known.


Bruce Wayne Palmer.  Bruce served admirably with the 191st as a Pilot, and Aircraft Commander.  We now learn that he died on September 12, 1989 of causes not reported.  Our sincere condolences, and best wishes go to his family.


Wayne Lawrence Crocker served with the 191st from January 1970 until he was medically evacuated later in the year. Wayne was in the Green Delta/2nd Platoon. He died 03-16-2003 during or due to complications of surgery.  This news is reported by Bernard Harvey.  Our belated condolences go to to Wayne's family.



Terry Wayne Jacobs
served as a pilot with the 191st from January 1970 into 1971.  Terry was killed August 4, 2006 in a helicopter accident at Happy Camp, CA while fighting forest fires. 
This news is reported by Bernard Harvey.  Our condolences go to to Terry's family.
 

William Wessman served in the Maintenance Platoon and  passed away in 1992 from Cancer.  He was from Kelso, Washington and passed away in Yakima.  This news is reported by Arturo Almaraz.


Bruce A. Cowie served in the 191st as a slick pilot.   Bruce died in a helicopter crash in Burbank, CA on November 22, 1977 when the helicopter came apart in the air.  The rear rotor separated from the rest of the fusilage.  He was flying for Los Angeles Helicopter Airways, the shuttle service between the three major airports in the Los Angeles basin.  This news is reported by his widow, Ruth Paulson.  Our condolences go to Ruth and the Cowie family.


William (Bill) Campbell served with the 191st at Bearcat as a pilot.  He attended the 2004 reunion in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but was claimed by cancer December 14, 2004.  Our condolences go to his family, and especially to Beth.


Jeffrey Westerhoff served with the 191st AHC as Boomerang 5.  He was lost to us due to cancer in September, 2007.  This news reported by Ken Carlton, and confirmed by Dr. John Westerhoff, Jeffrey's brother.  Our belated condolences go to his family.


Robert W. Kund served with the 191st AHC as a pilot and aircraft commander.  Bob was claimed by cancer December 15, 2009.  Our sincere condolences go to his wife Margaret, and the Kund family.


Clark Eugene Reynolds, Jr. served with the 191st AHC at Can Tho.  Clark died 4/22/2005 in Tucson, Arizona from congestive heart failure.  He would have been 58 years old on April 30, 2005.  Our condolences go to his family.


Richard W. Burt served with the 191st AHC as a pilot and aircraft commander.  His son Benjamin advises that his father passed away June 6, 2001 after being hospitalized with an infection.  Our condolences go to the family.


Gerald Dean Jones served with the 191st AHC as a Bounty Hunter pilot.  He died on January 21, 1994 at the age of 44 in an ice fishing accident.  This news is reported by Joe Roberts.  Our condolences go to the family.


Steve Armas served with the 191st AHC in 1970 as a Bounty Hunter crewmember.  He passed away in August 2009 from cancer.  This news is reported by Bernard Harvey.  Our condolences go to the family.


Robert C. Stack served with the 191st AHC as Bounty Hunter platoon leader in 1967-1968.  Bob passed away July 19, 2010 while on vacation in Alaska of an apparent heart attack suffered in his sleep.  This news is confirmed by his brother Bill Stack.  He will be interred at Arlington in October, 2010.  A legend with the 191st, Bob Stack is sorely missed.  Our condolences go to his family.


Lucas E. Hammons, E-4 with the 191st Assault Helicopter, The Boomerangs.  He served as a mechanic and door gunner on the UH-1 Huey Helicopter. He served in the Viet Nam conflict 1969/1970.  He was in Viet Nam for his 21st birthday.
Lucas died in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sept. 6, 2009 from hepatitis.  He had been diagnosed and put on full disability in 2008 with severe PTSD and was in depression from the loss of his mother 11/2008.   We all miss him.  I am his sister, Linda Morgan.


 John Douglas "Doug" Perrin passed away May 20, 2011 from cancer.  Doug was a Bounty Hunter pilot in 68-69 with the 191st.  This news is  reported by two unit members, and the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Association.  Our condolences go to his family.  


David Brandt served with the 191st Assault Helicopter Company as Pilot and Aircraft Commander in the Second Flight Platoon. David passed away from lung cancer January 13, 2008 after retiring from the Army with twenty-seven years of service.  This news is reported by his son Charles, and Paul Vitale.  Charles also noted that his mother did not receive a flag or his father's military retirement until she wrote to the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and has now received both.


Kenneth A. Jones Sr., 68, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on June 3, 2012. He was born in Oklahoma City, OK to Jack and Penny Jones. Ken is survived by his two children: Pamela Adams and Kenneth (Jorjette) A. Jones Jr.; and five grandchildren: Angela Hachfeld, Justin Eldred, Kelsey Adams, and MacKenzie & Madison Jones. Ken was a decorated Vietnam Veteran serving as a door gunner in the 191st Assault Helicopter Company. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 11am at the residence of Kenny Jones Jr.  This news is reported by William Bocock in email.  More information here. Our condolences go to his family.


William Winston Spurlock, 87 of Columbus, Georgia passed away December 29, 2012 following a lengthy illness. He served as Company Commander with the 191st Assault Helicopter Company from November, 1967 to February, 1968 in Vietnam.  Our condolences go to his family.


Lawrence A. Cochran served with the 191st AHC in 1967 and 1968.  After his service he lived in Montana, and passed away April 17, 1993 of natural causes.  Our belated condolences go to his surviving family that include his wife, Pauline, three sons, two step sons, a step daughter, four brothers, and and four sisters.  This news is reported by Arturo Almaraz.


Father Kenneth Strawhand Ė Long time friend of the 191st AHC Association passed away February 7, 2013 after a battle with liver cancer.  Father Ken always remembered the 191st and our losses suffered in Vietnam at Mass.  He is remembered here, and our condolences go to his family.


LTC Erwin Augustus "Dutch" Schmidt was the Commander of the 191st Assault Helicopter Company at Dong Tam, Republic of Vietnam from 2 March 1969 to 2 September 1969. He was lost to us 11 September 2013 due to a heart attack. Our condolences go to his family


Ron Donakowski served with the 191st as a Pilot in Vietnam. He passed away 11 November 2013. Our condolences go to his family.


Donald Serge Charest, CW4 USA-Retired passed away Feb 28, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona  following a three month illness.  He served with the 191st AHC as a pilot/aircraft commander in the Green Delta platoon during 1970 and 1971.  He was placed to rest at National Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ.  Donald is survived by his wife Karen.  Our condolences go to his family.


Charles E. "Chuck" Schander, 73, of Winter Haven Florida, died of lung cancer April 8, 2014.  Chuck deployed with the 191st AHC to Vietnam, and flew with the unit in 1967 and 1968.  Chuck is survived by his wife Helen Schander, sons Ted Schander (Dee); John Schander (Tammie); stepson Ken Smith (Cheryl); eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one sister, many nieces and nephews and numerous friends he considered as his extended family.  Our condolences go to his family.


Harley James Morgan, 64 of Starks, LA passed away on March 9, 2013 in his residence with his loving family at his side following a brief illness.  He served as Door Gunner with the 191st AHC.  Our condolences go to his family.  August Kraemer has written a memorial to Harley.  Click HERE to view the memorial.
 


Merl R. Hawkins, 65 of Pensacola, Florida passed away on October 26, 2010 after suffering a fatal heart attack while doing what he loved doing, hunting pheasants in South Dakota on the Hawkins' ranch. He retired from the Army in 1987.  Merl served with the 191st AHC as Pilot and Aircraft Commander in the Bounty Hunters. Our condolences go to his family.
 


Edward Eugene Davis passed away September 5, 2000.  Ed served as armament specialist in the Bounty Hunters from February 1968 until he was shot down and evacuated on September 3, 1968.  He was flying with Captain David Burch, WO Ronald Cederlund, and Sergeant Paul Frazier, and was the sole survivor when the aircraft was destroyed due to enemy action.  Please click HERE to view family pictures with Ed provided by Floyd Davis, his Brother.


David Willis Harmon, age 71, of Chapel Hill, TN, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Franklin, TN. He was a native of Oxford, MS and a son of the late David Irby and Betty Pettit Harmon, Jr.  David served with the 191st AHC in 1967 as a helicopter pilot and retired from the United States Army as a Lt. Colonel.  He later retired as an Industrial Engineer and was a member of the Chapel Hill Church of Christ.  Our belated condolences go to his family.
 


Dennis Lowell Rapp, 60, of Masonic Park Road, Marietta, died Monday, December 13, 2010 at his residence. He was born on January 5, 1950 in Athens, Ohio to J. Lowell and Hilda L. Ding Rowe Rapp. Dennis graduated from Athens High School in 1968, where he played baseball and basketball. He then enlisted in the Army, and served during Vietnam as crewmember in the 191st AHC Bounty Hunters.
 


Ronald "Ron" Husman served with the 191st AHC Bounty Hunters at Dong Tam RVN.  Ron passed away on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.  This news comes from his daughter Shilo Husman-Knoll.  Our condolences go to Shilo and her family.
 


Dale R. (Butch) Grebe served with the 191st AHC Bounty Hunters as Platoon Sergeant in 1970.  On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, God called 1st Sgt. Dale R. Grebe (Butch) to his final tour of duty. He passed away at home with his loving wife Lynda and his furry four-legged best friends at his side.  Dale proudly served in two branches of the military for a total of 22 years. He first served at the age of 17 in the U.S. Marines - where he'd slept in the recruiting office for two weeks until his birthday, when they would finally allow him to join - and then re-enlisted in the U.S. Army.  This news comes from Joe Roberts, and our belated condolences go to the Grebe family.
 


MAJ Charles J. Lepore served as Commanding Officer of the 191st from 21 Dec 70 to 29 Apr 71.  He was lost to cancer on 4 April 1996.
 


MAJ Fredrick L. ďFredĒ Evors, 73, of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania died Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  Major Evors served with the 191st as Executive Officer with the 191st at Can Tho.
 


Thomas J. Renison, 68 passed away on November 17, 2013 from long term complications from a helicopter crash for the state of Florida Water Management Department.  His call sign was Boomerang 25.  He was extremely proud of his participation in the 191st .  He retired from service as a LTC with 27 years and served in Viet Nam from 12/69 to 1/71.  His wish was to return to Can To ďone more timeĒ.  This news comes from his cousin John Hanifan.


Tommy "Tom" Dale Dove, 66, of West Berrien Community passed away Friday, July 31, 2015, in Tifton, Georgia due to a heart attack. Tommy was the driver of the 191st fuel truck while stationed at Bear Cat in 1967 and 1968.  Our condolences go to his wife and family.


Terry W. Davis died June 20, 2015 of complications from Agent Orange.  He was 68.  Terry served as the last Bounty Hunter Platoon Leader in RVN, 16 August 71 to 30 September 71.  He was buried at Fort Jackson National Cemetery with full military honors.  Our condolences go to his family.  This news from Joe Roberts, and the VHPA Aviatior.


Jack Edward Tiesing, Sr., 69, of New Albany, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015.  Jack served as slick pilot and aircraft commander with the 191st AHC at Dong Tam RVN.  He continued to serve the 191st after Vietnam by hosting the first three unit reunions in Louisville, Kentucky.  In September, 2008 Jack hosted his fourth reunion at the Galt House in Louisville, and ongoing reunions have followed the format originated by him.  Services will be held Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM with visitation just prior.  Newcomer Funeral Home - Southern Indiana Chapel, 3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, Indiana.  We extend our condolences to his family, and wide circle of friends.

Obituary
 


Richard F. Sendelbach served with the 191st AHC in 1970 and 1971 as pilot, and was awarded the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and two Overseas Bars.  He was a member of flight class 69-27 / 69-25 and lost a valiant battle with cancer 08/12/2011 at the age of 63.  This news from Joe Roberts.  Our condolences go to his family and friends.


William "Bill" Smith passed away February 9, 2016 as a result of lung cancer.  Known as "Smitty" to a lot of us, he served with the 191st AHC in 1968 as a pilot and aircraft commander in the First Flight Platoon.  Our condolences go to the Smith family.  This news is reported by Don Williams.


Mike Grady served with the 191st AHC as door gunner on the nighthawk ship in 1970 along with Dave Boden, Dave Miles, and George Clogston.  Mike lost his life in an automobile accident on June 7, 1971, and this news is reported by George Clogston.  Our belated condolences go to his family.


CW2 Kenneth R. Messer, was born 1/8/42, graduated flight school class 69-21 / 69-23, and served as a pilot in the 191st AHC.  He passed away August 20, 2015 at the age of 73 surrounded by his loving wife and family in Granbury, TX.  This news is reported by Joe Roberts.  Our condolences go to to his friends and family.


William H. (Bill) Hogan, Jr. deployed as a pilot with the 191st AHC from Ft. Bragg to Vietnam.  Known as ďGoatĒ to some, Bill served four tours of duty in Vietnam.  He retired in 1981, working at Redstone Arsenal, with the Redstone Readiness group.   In 2006, he received the Audie Murphy Award for his services.   Bill passed away February 12th 2011, due to cancer.  This news is reported by his son Travis.  Our belated condolences go to his family.


Ed Sebek served with the 191st in Vietnam, and we have just learned of his passing.  Ed attended the 2006 reunion in Branson with his wife Linda, and passed away October 9, 2008 following a very long illness.  This news comes from his wife Linda who says, "We did go to the reunion in Branson in 2006 and we both had a great time.  Ed so enjoyed seeing everyone after such a long time.  I wish you well and hope the reunion (2016) is a great success.  Our condolences go to Linda and family.


Anthony E. ďTonyĒ Hanegmon, age 68, of Balkan Township, Minnesota  died Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  Tony was a U.S. Army Combat Vietnam Veteran.   He was a Huey UH-1C (Charlie Model) Door Gunner, serving with the 191st Assault Helicopter Company (Bounty Hunters) 1st Aviation Brigade out of Can Tho, South Vietnam.  This news is reported by his son Joe Hanegmon, and Joe Roberts.  Our condolences go to his family.  Click HERE for his obituary.


Paul Mann served as Aircraft Commander and unit Instructor Pilot with the 191st AHC.  Paul passed away on July 3rd, 2012 at the age of 68.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit, 3 DFC's, 2 Bronze Stars, and 58 Air Medals.  He was survived by his mother, his wife, and their 4 children.   This news comes to us from Pat Sedlacek. Our belated condolences go to his family.


Ronald D. Zec of Harrisburg, PA served as aircraft maintenance officer and test pilot with the 191st AHC at Bearcat and Dong Tam. He passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016. Our condolences go to his family. This news provided by Ed McKee.


Albert Christian Hurst was a member of 191st Assault Helicopter Company "Orange Boomerangs" 1969 - 1970 in Vietnam.  Chris Hurst, passed away on 23 July 2016 in Stockholm Sweden with family at his side after a five year fight with cancer.  He is survived by his wife Lena Hurst, and their children Amanda, David and Cristopher and six grandchildren.  He will be missed by family and friends for the rest of our lives.  This news comes to us from his son, LTC David Hurst.


CW4 Ricardo V. Lima,  served with 191st AHC Boomerangs during 1970-1971. He flew in the Bounty Hunter platoon flying Charley and Mike models.  He lived in Ozark, AL. after retiring and worked for the flight contractor training students.  Rick passed away 4/26/2007 from complications of lung disease.  This news is reported by Larry Potts.


CW4 Ronald W. Bender, served with 191st AHC Boomerangs during 1970-1971. He flew in the Bounty Hunter platoon flying Charley and Mike models.  Ron had served almost 19 years in the Army when his life was cut short in a CH-47 accident in northern Texas on 2/25/1988 returning from Ft. Hood to Ft. Sill.  The aircraft suffered an inflight fire in the aft pylon area.  Several passenger did survive with severe burns and blunt force trauma injuries from jumping or being thrown from the aircraft as it came apart. Ron died from injuries at the accident site.  This news is reported by Larry Potts.


Major Leonard Joseph (ROD) Rodowick got his permanent ďWingsĒ, Friday December 16, 2016 at his home in Caliente Nevada.  Major Rodowick served in the 191st AHC 1967-1968.  He is survived by Alice, his wife of 46 years whom he met in Viet Nam, sons Scott (Lori) of Elverta CA., Todd of Mathis TX., and Leonard Jr. of Nixa, MO. and numerous grand and great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by son, Robert and sister, Wanda Nelson.  A Celebration of life was held Saturday, January. 28, 2017 at the Caliente VFW Post.  Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wabaunsee Co. Kansas on April 29, 2017.


 

 

 

 

Homeward Bound

In the quiet misty morning when the moon has gone to bed,
When the sparrows stop their singing and the sky is clear and red.
When the summerís ceased its gleaming,
When the corn is past its prime,
When adventureís lost its meaning,
Iíll be homeward bound in time.

Bind me not to the pasture, chain me not to the plow.
Set me free to find my calling and Iíll return to you somehow.

If you find itís me your missing, if youíre hoping Iíll return.
To your thoughts Iíll soon be listíning, and in the road Iíll stop and turn.
Then the wind will set me racing as my journey nears its end.
And the path Iíll be retracing when Iím homeward bound again.

Bind me not to the pasture, chain me not to the plow.
Set me free to find my calling and Iíll return to you somehow.

In the quiet misty morning when the moon has gone to bed,
When the sparrows stop their singing,
Iíll be homeward bound again.

 

Music - "Homeward Bound" from The Road Home by The Choirs of Brigham Young University - © 2003 Tantara Records
The Road Home CD is available for purchase at Tantara Records.

 



 

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