In Memoriam



Link to the dramatic story of C Troop, 2/17th Cavalry, that flew into the most intensive helicopter warfare ever--and how that brutal experience changed Condors forever.

FALLEN (IN COMBAT) TROOPERS OF C TROOP, 2/17th CAVALRY - by Rank, Name, Troop, Date, Age, & Hometown
(Click on the link after each name to be directed to the Vietnam Wall Memorial location.)

SP4 McChesney, John T. III LRP 01/23/68 20 Phoenix, AZ
SP4 Tippet, Albert A. C 02/14/68 20 Whotakers, NC
PFC Littlejohn, Gregory L. C 04/07/68 19 Norristown, Pa
SP4 Puryear, Joseph A C 04/10/68 19 Auburn, NY
SGT Henderson, Jonathan C 05/12/68 20 Chicago, Il
PFC Hill, James L. C 06/02/68 22 Amarillo, Tx
SP4 Hawthorne, James L. C 06/14/68 19 Fredricksburg, Md
Cpl Edgerton, Arthur D. C 08/17/68 20 Hayward, Ca
SP4 Clifton, Terry W. LRP 11/20/68 19 Jacksonville, Fl
SGT Contreros, Albert D. LRP 11/20/68 19 New York, NY
SP4 Heringhausen, Arthur LRP 11/20/68 18 Oregon, Oh
SGT Reiff, Michael D. LRP 11/20/68 21 Independence, Mo
SGT Barnhart, Otto P. C 04/20/69 21 Hancock, Mo
SGT Cardwell, Henry W. C 04/23/69 20 Bessemer, Al
SSG Dedman, Julian D LRP 04/23/69 23 Norwalk, Ca
SGT Hammond, Keith T. LRP 05/05/69 24 Pittsburgh, Pa
SSG Reynolds, Ronald B. LRP 05/08/69 21 Dallas, Tx
SGT Marcy, William L. LRP 05/20/69 24 Norwich, Ct
SGT Howard, Robert L. C 06/10/69 24 Norwich, Ct
CW2 Christenson, William B. C 07/10/69 24 North Plainfield, NJ
SGT Todd, Kenneth C 01/01/70 20 Covington, Ky
PFC Lawrence Emil Lundgren C 02/24/70 21 LaPorte, IN
WO Burgoyne, James Joseph C 03/02/70 32 Alton, IL
SGT Jett, Michael S. C 05/23/70 20 Fresno, CA
SGT Johnson, Paul Allen C 08/04/70 20 New Haven, Ky
WO1 Minear, Mark Wendell C 08/29/70 22 Merritt Island, Fl
1LT Shiefer, John Fredrick C 08/29/70 30 Boise, Id
PFC Jay, Brian Edward C 08/29/70 19 Douglasville, Ga
WO1 Hamm, Franklin Alvin C 11/19/70 26 Little Rock, Ar
SGT Halbach, Bruce Charles C 11/19/70 21 Stacyville, Ia
SP4 Rogers, Ronnie Vago C 01/5/71 23 Fairfield, Al
CW2 Cramer, Donald Martin C 01/05/71 26 St Louis, Mo
CPT Latimer, Wilbur Dale C 01/19/71 26 Searcy, Ar
WO1 McLeod, Arthur Edward C 02/12/71 23 Bay Shore, NY
CPT Wilkinson, Clyde David C 02/12/71 25 Mineral Wells, Tx
WO1 Crandall, Gregory C 02/18/71 21 Tacoma, Wa
SP4 Engen, Robert Joseph C 02/18/71 19 Stockton, Ca
SP4 Lewellen, Walter C 02/18/71 19 New Albany, In
1LT Simpson, Morris Alfred C 02/28/71 27 Richland Hills, Tx
CW2 James, Clayton Wade Scout Pilot; KIA May 10, 1971
SP4 Witmer, Noel Bruce - CE Scout Observer; KIA May 10, 1971
E-7 PSG Cherry, Ervin Benjamin, involved in May 10, 1971; but died in Japan May 30, 1971
SSGT Jefferson, Carter C 11/20/71 24
SP4 Chamblee, Daniel Lee C 11/20/71 18
CWO Slebodnick, Michael, 09/11/2008, Nagil, Afghanistan, Arlington website:


When 1st Lt. Aaron Seesan died in combat on May 22, 2005, in Iraq, his parents did not know he had written a prescient poem, “Eulogy of the Common Soldier,” as a high-school senior six years earlier.

All mortal beings, which God brought forth, die the same
Man is not exempt
All will inevitably end as the dust from whence we came
It matters not of age
Do not mourn me if I should fall in a foreign land
Think this of my passing
In a far-off field a finer soil mixed with the foreign sand
A dust that is American
A dust that laughed, cried, and loved as an American
On this plot there shall be
A little piece of America, a patch for the free man
Which no oppressor can take
From this soil grows grass shimmering a little greener
Brilliant emerald ramparts
A Breeze whisping White Poppies with scent a little sweeter
Flowers towards heaven
Mourn not my terrible death but celebrate my cause in life
Viewed noble or not
I would have sacrificed and gave all that I had to give
Not to make man good
But only to let the good man live.

— Aaron Seesan

Interesting Veterans Statistics from the Vietnam Memorial Wall

"Carved on these walls is the story of America , of a continuing quest to preserve both Democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream." ~President George Bush

SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents are now Deceased.

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.

Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

• There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
• 39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
• 8,283 were just 19 years old.
The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
• 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
• 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
• One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
• 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam .
• 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam .
• 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
• Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
• 54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.
• 8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.
• 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
• Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
• West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
• The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
• The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
• The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
• The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.

For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

- Contributed by John Vasko


Atkinson, Paul - Cobra Pilot
Blackwell, Robert
Blamey, John - (1/16/11)
Bodine, Harry G - (7/16/11)
Brunell, Richard - (9/30/11)
Bunting, Patrick - (2/5/94)
Carr, Steve (Camel) - Scouts (2/17)
Casher, James - Cobra Pilot (4/18/11)
Crane, Jim - Slick AC (1971)
Daly, Rick (the Mayor) - Cobra Pilot
Eastman, Jim - RTO/TOC (11/7/10)
Farnan, Chuck
Fausnight, David (Fuzzy) - Cobra Pilot
Feigel, Richard - Blues
Fisher, Ken - Blues RTO (3/4/15)
Frank, Ron
Gunn, Bobby J - Slick Pilot
Hakola, Bob - Slick Door Gunner (11/10/08)
Interdonato, Dominick - Avionics
Jones, Jim - Slick & Scout Pilot
Koster, Eugene - Crew Chief (8/23/18)
Long, Terry
Maholic, Robert
Meacham, (Wild) Bill - Kingsman Pilot
Moench, Fred
Newman, Jim - (1/13/09)
Pierce, Bob (Papa San) - Slick CE/DG (9/2/11)
Purdy, Dale Aero Weaoons - Platoon Sergeant
Rehberg, Lorenzo (Ray) - Scout Observer (1/1/16)
Sawyer, Dave - (5/3/05)
Sherrer, Mike (12/12/13)
Shuman, Homer (2019)
Vehlow, Chuck (7/8/17)
Weaver, Clayton ("Baby Son") Scout Pilot (1988)
Webb, Kenneth James - Condor 21 (6/23/00)
Wiggins, Cecil - NCOIC 507th - (2019)
Welch, Randy - Scout & Slick Pilot - Condor 15 & Condor 45 (11/16/17)