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April 25, 1949  ---   August 24, 2002

Jack Callaghan
Wolf Pack Door Gunner, 1970 

Crewed with CE Dan Smith.
SSAN Issued: Pennsylvania. Following Vietnam, Jack worked as Correctional Officer in the Pennsylvania prison system.
He is survived by a daughter and his wife Kathy who resides at : 152 Wood Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702. Phone 570-829-1041.

June 20, 1948  ---  15 April 15, 2009

Age: 60, POD: None Specified. SSAN Issued: Washington.

March 16, 1951 --- Jun, 1976

SSAN Issued: Oregon
Crew chief with the "Rat-Pack" 1970's. Reported to have been killed in an auto accident.

April 23, 1950 --- AUGUST, 1984

Tom Carter
Tom "Mad Dog" Carter

Served as a WO with the Bandit Platoon (Bandit 22, affectionately known as "Mad Dog") in 68-69. He later served in the Michigan National Guard. Thomas was killed in a Helicopter Accident while transporting seismographic equipment on a sling load when, on takeoff, the load caught in trees and brought the aircraft down. Tom's last address was 48224 Detroit, Wayne MI. He was interred at Houghton Lake, MI with full military honors and a fly-by conducted by the Michigan National Guard.

30 November 1942 - 20 February 2013

Rat Pack Platoon Sergeant  1968 - 1969.
William was a resident of Calhoun, Georgia.


April 16, 1933 --- July 7, 1999

Residence:  45002  Cleves, Hamilton, OH  Born: 16 Apr 1933
Died: 7 Jul 1999 SS Card Issued:  IN 1951
Source,  Social Security Administration



James Cary

James E. Cary was born in Richmond Virginia on June 26, 1946.  Jim was the only son and oldest of two children born to James and Laura Cary.  His father was a career officer and veteran aviator of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, who retired as a Colonel from the Air Force in 1966.  Jim graduated from Pensacola High School, Pensacola, Florida in 1965.  Following high school he attended Pensacola Junior College.  After about two years of college Jim joined the Army on March 9, 1967.  After completion of basic training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Jim requested and received orders for Ft. Wolters, Texas to begin primary helicopter training on May 29, 1967.  Jim was a member of WORWAC class 67-25 and completed the advance phase of his training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama on April 8, 1968.

Warrant Officer Jim Cary, after a month of leave, arrived in the Republic of Vietnam on May 6, 1968 and was assigned to the 281st AHC and eventually became a highly trained and skilled pilot with the 1st platoon, Rat Pack.

On November 5, 1968 in support of Delta Project, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroic actions that day. Warrant Officer Cary distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander of a UH-1H helicopter during the extraction of a Special Forces reconnaissance patrol team in contact with enemy forces west of Da Nang.  The primary pickup ship attempted to reach the landing zone, but was forced to abort because of highly accurate enemy fire. Tactical air strikes were then called in to suppress the enemy fire. Upon completion of the air strikes, Warrant Officer Cary spotted the team in a small opening between two ridgelines, descended to tree top level, and initiated a high speed, low-level approach towards the team. As he maneuvered, intensive enemy fire was directed at his ship. Despite hostile fire, dense vegetation, and poor visibility, he skillfully brought the aircraft to low hover over a pile of rocks, thereby enabling the team to safely board the aircraft. Warrant Officer Cary's courage and sound judgment were the decisive factors in the success of the mission. His actions ere in keeping with highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Jim completed his Vietnam tour on April 28, 1969 and was reassigned to Fort Wolters, Texas as a tac officer at the primary helicopter school. On December 10, 1969, Jim accepted a direct appointment to First Lieutenant, Field Artillery. In early 1971 Jim completed the field artillery basic course and while in route to Vietnam, completed the cobra transition course. Jim's second tour was from July 6, 1971 to July 7, 1972 with two units, B/4-77 ARA, 101st Aviation Battalion and the 334th Aerial Weapons Company (Sabers).When Jim returned to the states he was assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky with the 7th Squadron, 1st Cav. In 1973 the Army began a reduction in forces and Jim was honorable discharged and released to the Army Reserve on September 16, 1973. After discharge.

Jim went into the automobile business in the Fort Knox area and it wasn't until 1981 when Jim became friends with some National Guard pilots that he decided to join the Kentucky Army National Guard. At that time I was the company commander of the UH-1 lift company and was more than happy to have another 281st pilot in the unit. Coming from the 281st there was never any doubt about his flying skills.


Jack Clendenon
February 19, 1937 - December 31, 2014

Jack served as the aircraft maintenance line chief for the 145th ALP in 1965-1966. The following information is from findagrave.com memorial #140785025:

"Birth: Feb. 19, 1937 East Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia, USA.
Death: Dec. 31, 2014, Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia, USA.
Parents: Ray and Mable Clendenon. Spouse: Margaret Clendenon.

Jackie Wayne “Jack” Clendenon of Big Stone Gap, VA, went to be with the Lord on December 31st, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and decorated Vietnam War veteran. He was a proud Westmoreland Coal Company employee from where he retired and lifelong member of the First Christian Church.
Jack was preceded in death by his father, Ray, and his mother, Mable, along with brothers; John Clendenon and Carl “Sam” Clendenon and sister, Betty Young.
Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Margaret Clendenon of Big Stone Gap, VA; his daughter, Micki Castle of Bluefield, WV; sons, David Clendenon and wife Sonya - Knoxville, TN, Mark Clendenon, and wife Beth - Big Stone Gap, VA and Paul Clendenon and wife Cindy - Norton, VA; 5 grandchildren, April Sorrentino and husband Bryan – Concord, NC, Christopher Moore, Audrey Clendenon, Logan Clendenon, and Katy Clendenon; one great granddaughter, Olivia Sorrentino; a sister, Mary Alice “Cokie” Kilgore and husband Glen; brothers, Robert “Bob” Clendenon and wife Janice and James “Jim” Clendenon and wife Helen; special niece Pam Giles and husband John; special nephew Todd Clendenon and wife Angie; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory.
Funeral services will be conducted at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at Gilliam Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Townsend officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of services.
Graveside services will follow in Glencoe Cemetery with Reverend Ronnie Mutter officiating and military graveside committal services performed by Local DAV, VFW Units and the Gate City Guard Unit. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the Clendenon Family. ... Burial: Glencoe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia, USA Created by: Wamplerg, Record added: Jan 02, 2015, Find A Grave Memorial# 140785025"

Jack Clendenon

January 8, 1948 -- September 5, 1993


Nick above in the 281st and in January of 1987
Last known address, 231 N Suffolk AV.  North Massapequa NY11758

From his nephew Mark...
21 January 2005

Nick was born and raised in Astoria, Long Island City, New York in the borough of Queens.  He was the son of Joseph and Tavia Clericuzio, both children of Italian immigrants.  He also lived with his grandfather, who lived in the basement of their row house.  He had only one sibling, Vera, who was my mother.  She passed away last year due to lung cancer.  He went to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and School (45th. Street, Astoria, NY, 11105, US). 

Nick was a drummer, loved to fish and always took great care of his cars.  In high school he formed a band and was the drummer.  His favorite drummer was Gene Krupa.  He loved music, especially Chicago, Santana, Rare Earth -- anything with great percussion.  I will always remember his great sound system he purchased while in Viet Nam (Pioneer amp/receiver, Pioneer Reverb, Sansui reel to reel, and Akai tape deck, along with Pioneer speakers with real wood cabinets).

Both before and after the war, Nick worked for Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) in various positions leading up to a position as a supervisory manager.  Nick got married to Violet Fasolino around 1973 or 1974 and they had two children, Tina and Nick.  Nick passed away on 5 Sep 1993 due to a heart attack.  He was buried in section 71 site 1511 Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY


 --- 1983

Tony was a member of the 145th, 2/171 and 281 AHC. He died of a heart attack at the age of 52 in 1983. He joined the US Army in 1947 and flew as gunner on B-17 and B-29. Joined the Navy during the Korean War and flew recon missions. He joined the Army again in 1964 and came to Viet Nam as a door gunner in the 145th Avn Plt. Tony stayed with the unit when it changed to the 2/171. Wwhile serving with the 2/171, he was shot down coming out of the Ashau Valley in April 1966. When the 2/171, was deactivated he was assigned to the 281st. At the time of his death he was NCOIC of the Navel Reserve Unit in Ontario, California with just two years to go until retirement. His Wife lives in California.


January 8, 1947 --- 5 January 5, 1998

SSAN Issued: Illinois.  On orders for 3rd -17th award of Air Medal

21 December 21, 1951 --- October 1, 1998

SSAN Issued: Illinois

--- 17 Mar 1997.

George served in the 281st and his last known Address was Corvallis, OR.
If you knew this Intruder or have additional information about him or pictures please contact Gary Stagman [cooter@charter.net] or Jack Mayhew (intruder06@comcast.net).


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