"A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN"
JOSEPH "JOE" F. PARNELL, JR
Joe served in the 281st AHC in 1967 as a Fire Team Leader
in the Wolf Pack. He was an skilled pilot and great team leader who also served
as the Admin Officer for the 281st. Following a tour in Germany Joe left the
Army as a 1ST LT. He worked as a flight instructor in Colorado then joined
Continental Airlines as a pilot. Joe died on November 21, 1988. His Mother Doris
resides in Tijeras, NM and and his Father, Maj. Joseph F. Parnell Sr. USAF Ret.
is living in a nursing home in Pueblo, NM.
From: Barc Boyd, Wolf
Pack Platoon Leader in 1966
Joe came to me in '67. He had some college training in journalism, and was
immediately given the job of writing awards and decorations. We set him up in a
very small command tent with a field desk and light, and he was delighted to
have the responsibility.
From: Joe Bilitzke [mailto:email@example.com]
He was also the
standardization IP for Wolf Pack. I took my initial check ride with Joe. A good
guy and great pilot. Joe B.
THOMAS J. PAGLIARINI
DANNY G. PARR
DAVID E. PEACOCK
David served as a Bandit (1st Platoon) Crew Chief and door gunner in 1970. His obituary appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard from May 10 to May 12, 2015:
"David E. Peacock, age 68, resident of Richland, since 1975, formerly of Syracuse, passed away Friday at his home. David was born April 11, 1947 in Rochester, the son of Robert and Bernice Schmidt Peacock. He attended Syracuse Schools, and he served in the United States Army from 1966 until 1973. David married Elizabeth Scott on April 16, 1977 and she passed away July 18, 2013. He was employed at the Watertown Wal-Mart for the past three years, and he had previously been employed by Salisbury Fire Equipment in Tully for 10 years, and GM in Syracuse for 15 years. David was a member of the Richland Fire Department for over 30 years.
Surviving are one son, Eric Peacock of Richland; two daughters, Katrina Peacock and her companion Ramon Acevedo and Traci Babcock and her companion Chad Southwell all of Richland; two brothers, Robert and Ronald Peacock both of Syracuse; two sisters, Patricia Peacock of Syracuse and Arlene Jordan of Constantia; and seven grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Jordan, Dillon, Kiara, Xavier, Zackery, and Summer.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Foster-Hax Funeral Home, 52 Park Street, Pulaski."
WILLIAM A. “BILL” PERREN
Bill passed away on May 12, 2011 at his home in Jasper,
Tennessee after a prolonged battle with cancer. Bill was one of the longest serving
Intruders having arrived in Vietnam to join the 6th Aviation Platoon
which was merged into the 281st AHC when it arrived into country.
Bill is survived by his wife Rhonda.
From: John Hyatt
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Sad news. Bill Perren passed away this morning. I spoke with Rhonda a few
minutes ago. She is doing as well as can be expected. No arrangements at this
Bill was one of the first Fangs I met when I joined the 6th Platoon in October
1965. I flew his aircraft a lot during the year I was there. Bill served in the
6th Platoon and 281st for almost 3 years.
He was a trooper.
From: Earl Broussard
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2011
My bird had a hot tube on the left side and armament had worked on it and
pronounced it repaired. Bill and I installed the pods back on the bird, went
through a couple of cycles with the switch. We tested the tube that fired when
the arming switch was placed in the on position with a volt meter, when we
cycled the switch we got no indication that a rocket would fire by just cycling
the switch. We loaded the tubes with rockets except the two top tubes on a 7
shot pod, it was a rush thing.
Bill and I moved my bird "553" out of the revetment and moved it to near compass
rows to bore sight the rocket pods. We had sighted in the right pod in and we
were in the process of sighting in the left pod when Bill decided to test the
switch again and boy howdy, a rocket left the still hot tube in a hurry. I had
set the bore sight on the right shoulder of Budda and true to course it hit and
knocked a chunck out of Budda. There were a couple of Wolf Pack guys working
their ships near the end of the flight line and they came running to help us get
it back to the revetment. We were all in turbo getting the bird parked and the
tug moved back to it's place by the maintenance hanger in record time. Budda was
about a mile away, we sighted in on Budda's core, center mass with a spread of
about 15 meters. This was all guestimation but I'll trust my memory with some
degree of certain. Bill and rest us were sitting around like MONKEYS, See
Nothing, Hear Nothing, Who Me, and the rest Boy I Haven't a Clue.
Bill I still laughed about this some 40 years later when we met for the first
time in 2004 in Houston. I'll always remember Bill as my brother and we almost
were. Bill was supposed to come home to Holmwood, La. to stay with my parents
until he could get his feet on the ground. My folks were happy to help him out
after he got out of the Army. Bill felt that he had no one to go home to so we
worked something out. Instead he never showed up and according to Emanuel
Jackson he visited him in New Orleans and I'll let Emanuel tell you'll that
Bill was a Kind and Good MAN. He'll never be dead in my MEMORY
Earl J Broussard
CE A/C 553
TERREL "TERRY" KENTON PETERMAN
MOUNTAIN HOME IDAHO- Terrell "Terry" Kenton Peterman, 57,
of Mountain Home, passed away peacefully into the presence of his Lord on
Resurrection Sunday, March 23, 2008, while at home with family after a brave
two-year battle with brain tumors.
Terry's deep faith in God sustained
him throughout this difficult time. He taught us all that death is not to be
feared when we are safe in the hands of God. Terry was born to Kenton H.
Peterman and Ruth Jerome Peterman on May 9, 1950, in Nampa. He grew up working
on dairy farms in Star, Kuna, Meridian and Middleton with his family until he
graduated from Middleton High School in 1969. He then entered the U.S. Army,
where he served with the 281st AHC as a chief warrant officer during the Vietnam
War. Terry flew both gunships and troop-carrying helicopters throughout Vietnam
and as part of the military's secret Lam Son Mission into Laos. Terry received
commendations for his performance and was awarded two Purple Hearts during his
Terry partnered with his father, Kenton, and brother,
Jerry, in their Peterman Farms agribusiness operation in Mountain Home for the
past 34 years. During this time, he used his helicopter experience in crop
dusting. Later, he enjoyed operating the large baler harvesting alfalfa. He and
his wife, Debbie, spent many dating hours on the baler. Then he had a passion
for planting corn and watching it grow. He was well known as a man of integrity
as well as one with a keen sense of humor. Terry appreciated the fellowship and
support of his church family, especially his Bible study group, at Mountain Home
Church of the Nazarene.
Terry is survived by his loving wife of almost
seven years, Debbie; sons, Dan Peterman of Boise and Ben (Julie) Peterman of
Mountain Home; his mother, Ruth Jerome Peterman; sisters, Kaye (Jim) Black and
Susan Conley, all of Tampa, Fla.; his sister, Paula (Alton) Huyser of Shoshone;
his brother, Jerome "Jerry" (Tresa) Peterman of Mountain Home and his beloved
grandchildren, Makayla and Trevor Carothers, Alyssa Rodriguez and Olivia Farfan.
Terry was preceded in death by his father, Kenton, in 1997.
PAUL NICHOLAS PETHIA
Died in Dunedin, Pinellas County, Florida at age 64; SSAN issued in Florida
SSAN issued in NY. Death due to Cancer
MICHAEL R. PHIPPS
From Bob Mitchell
Jim Minoque had contact with Mike in 1998 and had heard that he had cancer.
He and I tried to locate Mike during 1999, but were unsuccessful. We
didn't have the SSN then. I found the number on the Social Security Death
Index along with his name. I am very sorry to have missed making contact
with him. Mike, Ron Lesonik and I were room-mates in the SF building near the
perimeter fence. We built the room in mid 1969 from borrowed (stolen)
materials from the USAF and 5th SFG. We were all great friends back then.
Mike was a Bandit Pilot who extended his tour to fly for Wolf Pack. He was
a great pilot and a Great American.- Bob Mitchell
From Mike Johnson
I was deeply shocked when I read about Mike Phipps death. I have tried to
contact him more than a couple of times over the years but with no success, and
for this I will always be sorry. I just wanted to say Thanks! Mike was one of
the best pilots I ever knew and I credit him in no small way for my survival. He
gave me my initial check ride for transition to Guns. He took me under his wing
and taught me things I didn't believe were possible with a Huey. His call sign
was Wolfpack 34 and I was proud to inherit it when he left country. I will miss
him, even though the last time I saw him was over 30 years ago. This one is hard
to take. - Mike Johnson
DOUGLAS TERRELL POWELL
Douglas T. (Dug) Powell of Wilcox, AZ died Nov. 15, 2012 at the age of 69. He was born in Wilcox on Nov. 17, 1942 to Terrell Douglas and Lola Fay (Logan) Powell. Douglas served in the 281st Assault Helicopter Company as a Door Gunner in the Wolf Pack. During his tour in Vietnam he received four air medals and the Purple Heart. Dug was a retired machinist for Levers Brothers in California. He came back to Arizona in 1997, attended First Baptist Church in Wilcox, and was a member of the VFW and NRA. Survivors include his mother Lola Logan Powell of Wilcox; his children Kirk D. (Sophie) Powell of Gardnerville, Nev., Vincent A. Powell of Wilcox and Christyne E. (Josh) Hammitte of Spartanburg, S.C. He shall not be forgotten.
SSG EARL POWELL
Born October 4, 1930. Earl Powell was 67 years old. The last known place of
residence was 46236 Indianapolis, Marion, IN.
Source: G. Stagman & Social
ROBERT B. PURVIS