"A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN"
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Died after his tour on July 11, 2016.
Specialist Four James Saladin served in the 281st 1n 1969-1970 as a Door Gunner.
James entered the army on May 2, 1969 and was discharged April 3, 1971. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
Jim shall be remembered by the intruder family.
His obituary follows:
“James Saladin, 68, of Buckner, MO passed away July 11, 2016. A graveside
service was held at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO. James
was born October 14, 1947 in St. James, MO to Clyde and Hazel (Smith) Saladin.
He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served during the
Vietnam War. James is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Brenda Saladin;
children, Angela Cox and Trevor Mann; and his loving grandchildren. Online
condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.”
LARRY R SALZMAN
Died after his tour on March 4, 2009
CW3 (Ret) Larry R. Salzman
Wolf Pack 34,
9/68 - 09/69
Larry R. Salzman, 68, died at 6:52 P.M., Wednesday,
March 4, 2009 at his residence in Girard, KS. He was diagnosed with Cancer
CW3 (retired) Larry R. Salzman, "Wolf Pack 34" was presented with his custom
framed blood chit from his first tour of duty in Vietnam, September 1968-
September 1969, following his request Bryan Salzman, his son, frame it for
him. Larry received it as a surprise with a hat pin, magnets and patches
received from the 281st AHC at a Vietnam Veterans Party hosted by
the Isadore Hoehn VFW Post 7397, Lenexa, held Oct. 16, 2004. The event
was a great experience for the entire family. The family is grateful to the
281st and everyone involved not only for making this happen, but
also for their service to our country.
CW3 (retired) Larry Salzman and wife Wilma Salzman
viewing the framed
blood chit for the first time at the event.
Pictured above is the custom designed frame for CW3
(retired) Larry Salzman "WolfPack 34".
The framed blood chit includes an
engraved piece and patches from the Intruders and Wolf Pack received from the
The engraved piece reads:
281ST ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY
WOLF PACK "DEATH ON CALL"
THIS BLOOD CHIT WAS CARRIED BY
ARMY PILOT CW3 LARRY R. SALZMAN
WHILE FLYING MISSIONS IN "HUEY" CHARLIE MODEL GUNSHIPS
IN SUPPORT OF THE 5TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP
SEPTEMBER 1968 - SEPTEMBER 1969
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Subject: HQ_281AHC Larry Salzman - Obit
Larry Salzman was my co-pilot the day I was shot on March 1969. I knew of
his passing but didn't think at the time to let the 281st know. I attempted
to help him get the purple heart as he did receive some shrapnel from the
friction knob from my cyclic when the armor piercing round burst it and
proceeded through my leg and a rib in the main rotor. The request was denied
however as insufficient data.
Larry was very active in and a past president of the VFW Post #7479 of
Girard Kansas. He was born on May 2, 1940 and passed away on Wednesday,
March 4, 2009. Larry was a resident of Girard, Kansas at the time of his
passing. He attended schools in Iowa.
He enlisted in the US Army and served from October 14, 1957 until retiring
as Chief Warrant Officer on October 31, 1977. He served in Korea in 1958 and
1959 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a combat helicopter pilot.
He received numerous citations and honors including the Bronze Star, several
air medalsand the Army Commendation Medal. He served in the military police
and on border patrols.
Wolf Pack 32 (1968-69)
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Died after his tour on July 15, 1990
Perished in California in a motor vehicle accident.
DAREL L SCOTT
September 9, 1950 - February 3, 1989
SSAN Issued: California
Elsinore Valley Cemetery, Lake Elsinore, California
Jack William Serig Sr.
Died after his tour on October 16, 2014
3 August 1928 - 16 October 2014
Jack served in the 281s Assault
Helicopter Company as the Platoon Leader of the 1st Platoon during 1966 / 67. He
left the 281st to join the staff of the 10th Aviation Battalion to serve as the
Aviation Safety officer for the remainder of his tour. Jack served an earlier
tour (1962) in Vietnam flying Otter aircraft. Jack retired as a LT. COL. after
serving in several high level positions. Lt. Col. Serig was laid to rest in the
South Florida National Military Cemetery. Notification from his son Art Follows:
Dear, Military friends of Jack
and Lou Serig. I think it's important that you know that Dad's passing was
peaceful. On Thursday evening, 10/16/14, at 21:10 hours, Jack passed away with
my Brother Chuck at his bedside and his wife Lou. Last night my brother left mom
and dad for half an hour to go over to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St.
Louis Church. There, he prayed and asked God for a peaceful passing. On the way
out, his girlfriend asked him to take some holy water back to Dad. He returned
to the house, because he felt the time was near and he didn't want my MOM and
DAD to be alone.
Chuck sat next to DAD, his
eyes were open and his breathing was shallow. He held his hand as he sat next to
him. I told him that I loved him and he replied, "I love you too". With a tissue
he softly rubbed his arms and hands with holy water, made the sign of the cross
with it on his forehead and placed the damp tissue in his right hand. He told
him to rest and smiled at him, he seemed to like that and stared back with a
very peaceful gaze. Silently, he began to pray and watched over him, still
holding his hand, JACK closed his eyes and passed. It was quiet, without
struggle, willing. Dad was ready.
Circumstances didn't allow us
all to be there at the moment of his passing but his "I love you" was for all of
us. My brother was so honored that he was able to be there for all of us and we
are all comforted in knowing that he was not alone. The entire family had spent
the last few weeks at his bedside in the hospital and at home. He was very proud
of this large extended family and of his military family!
As you all know we are a very
close family as is your Military Family!
Thank all of you for the tremendous love and support that you have shown my
MOM and DAD especially over the last few weeks and for the many years he served
so honorably with you protecting our country and way of life. All of your
efforts, big and small as they may be, are just another chapter in what is
surely a continuance of his legacy. God Bless you all and those other Warriors
that have gone before him. Captain Art Serig,
Frederick Paul Shanhart
Maarch 12, 1946 -- June 24, 1992
Fred died in 1992 in Houston, Texas of medical complications.
He was a graduate of class 67-21 at Ft. Rucker, AL. He served with the
281st AHC in 1968 and 1969.
He was interred in a family plot in Webster Union Cemetery, Webster, New York.
from John Campbell, who provided these photos:
"I knew Fred from 1982 to 1987 when he was flying Bell 206 Jet Rangers for Armadillo Airways in Houston TX. It was an air taxi service that flew people from the west side of Houston to Intercontinental airport on the north side of Houston. I worked there as their porter cleaning the aircraft and boarding passengers. I went to look him up the other day and noticed he had passed away and there were no photos of him. I went through my photo album and found these. I thought it would be respectful to submit them. That is me on the right. At this time he was flying mail. He was a super nice guy and a good friend. I will miss him."
RICHARD D SHARP
April 10, 1948 - August 25, 2000
Richard was born 10 Apr 1948 and
passed away in Michigan on 25 August 2000.
He is interred at Grand Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.
He shall be remembered by the Intruder family
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PATRICK M SHELEY
1929 - November 12, 2006
Pat served as the 281st AHC Operations Officer from October, 1966 to November, 1967
Major Pat Sheley 1967
Patrick M. Sheley 1929 - 2006. Patrick M. Sheley passed
away on Sunday, November 12, 2006, in Tucson, AZ, after a short illness. He was
born April 16, 1929 to Alfred and Roxie Sheley of Ligonier, Indiana. Patrick
served in the U. S. Army from 1947 until 1970, retiring as a LTC. He served in
Germany, Korea and Vietnam. While in Viet Nam he received the Distinguished
Flying Cross and the Bronze Star medal for heroism. He was a member of the VFW
post in Kendallville, Indiana and Sierra Vista, Arizona. He married Chi Yon Yun
in 1969 and lived in Kendallville, Indiana until 1998, when he moved to Tucson,
Arizona, where he resided with his wife until her death, in 2001. In March of
2006 he moved to Sierra Vista, AZ. Patrick was a member of the Saint Francis De
Sales congregation in Tucson and the Saint Andrews Church in Sierra Vista. Pat
was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. He loved golf, reading, watching
westerns, and traveling around the country to visit his family and friends. He
will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister,
Patricia Johnson, his wife, Chi Yon and his son, Patrick A. Sheley (Bud).
Pat is survived by his sisters, Nancy Lambright, Linda (Robert) Heltzel, Joyce
Allen, and his brother, Alfred (JR) (Margaret) Sheley all from Northern Indiana.
He is also survived by his children, Michael (Peggy) Sheley from Houston, TX,
Lee (Patty) Sheley from Sierra Vista, AZ, Sally (Robert) Taylor from Clinton,
Utah, Carole (Kelly) Gubler of North Salt Lake City, Utah, Kim (Rachel) Sheley
of Seattle, Washington, Kathleen Sheley of South Bend, Indiana, Hyon Suk Oh of
Seoul, Korea. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren and ten
Published in the Tucson on 11/15/2006
December 9, 2006
From Earl Broussard,
I served with Major Sheley in Vietnam in 1967 while we
both served in the 281st Assault Helicopter Company. While I never met him, I
knew of him, and we who served thought highly of him and honor him in our memory
as a brave warrior.
Earl Broussard (Houston, TX)
December 9, 2006
From Gary Stagman,
Patrick served with distinction with the 281st Assault
Helicopter Company in Nha Trang Vietnam October 1966 to November 1967.. He will
be missed greatly by all of his fellow "Intruders". Rest well as you were a fine
man and gentleman.
Gary Stagman (Granite City, IL)
ESTESE N. SHIPES
March 15, 1946 - December 15, 1990
Last known Address: Franklin, GA.
ANDREW M. SIMON
April 8, 1950 - September 3, 1993
SSAN Issued: New Jersey
DOUGLAS L. SIMPSON
Died after his tour on December 7, 2009
3/67 - 3/68
Jimmy Wright, Brad Shaw
Doug, Nha Trang 1967
Douglas L. Simpson, 67, of 3032 West Main Street
Ext., Elizabeth City, NC died Monday, December 7, 2009 at Albemarle
Hospital. Mr. Simpson was born on August 1, 1942 in Elizabeth City, NC to
the late Clarence E. Simpson and Eriabell Horton Simpson. He was the husband
of Brenda Russell Simpson. He was a retired electrician and worked for the United States Coast Guard as
a Civilian Employee with ARSC. Mr. Simpson attended Pearl Street Pentecostal
Church and Forest Park Church of God. He was a member of the William
Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Simpson is survived by two daughters, Amy
Simpson and Terri Phthisic and husband, Steven, all of Elizabeth City, NC;
two sisters, Barbara Mogul and husband, Jack, of Bartlett, TN, and Margie
Harrell and husband, Leonard, of Elizabeth City, NC; two grandchildren,
Michael Simpson and Jonathan Phthisic both of Elizabeth City, NC.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
at Twiford's Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC
with the Rev. Roger Edwards, the Rev. Rick Lowry, and the Rev. Scott Neal
officiating. Burial was held at West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
with Military Honors.
Sooo glad to hear from you and SOOOO surprised to see this photo of Doug!!
He frequently visited the orphanage outside of Na Trang. He often carried
them items we sent to him from home - candies, toys, gum, etc. I believe the
little girl he is holding is the "girl that stole his heart" ! Thank you for
sending this to me. I will certainly make a print and add it to Doug's Army
Love getting the 281st newsletter and keeping up with how the guys are
doing. Great Job !!
Best regards to all.
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LTC BOBBY SINCLAIR
Died after his tour on July 15, 1990
Maj. Bobby Sinclair, January 1968
FROM: Joe Baldwin
I remember Bobby Sinclair from the 281st AHC. I flew with him on some test
flights. In fact he showed me how to land a chopper down wind. We where up in
Kontum where this when this took place and I was in the left seat. A lot of
pilots showed me how to fly but MAJ Sinclair showed me some other tactics. He
was not a tall man if I remember him but I gave him a lot of respect. I stand
6'2. Joe Baldwin 67-68
FROM Lance Ham: BARLHCATTLECO@aol.com
I assume this to be the XO we had for a short time. If so, I saw him once
after tour. I was told to report to the parade field at Fort Rucker some time in
1969 in dress greens. While standing at attention, I could not see who was
approaching until Maj. Sinclair did a left face in front of me. He said he saw
orders where I was to receive a DFC with Oak leaf and had ask to present it. I
thanked him for coming and after the ceremony, which was long with many
presentations, he left the area. I never heard from him again, but always held a
fond memory of him going out of his way to remember one he had served with.
Sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of the good ones and I will miss never
seeing him again. Lance Ham
FROM Brent Gourley:
Sometime around 1972 Bobby Sinclair showed up to be my Troop commander at
D/1-10 at Ft Carson. I was scout IP then, transitioned him to OH -58A. I don't
remember him in 281st, although I may have been gone by then.
DANIEL W. SMITH
SP/5 CREW CHIEF
December 24, 1944 - August 3, 2014
Daniel served in the 281 as a Crew Chief in 1970-71. He was laid to rest in the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, at Newtown, Bucks County, PA. Plot 3-838. Daniel will be remembered by his fellow Intruders, who believe that a man is not dead until he is forgotten.
DONALD HAROLD SMITH
Died after his tour on February 13, 2013
Bandit Door Gunner
1968 - 69
Donald Harold Smith, 65, passed away on Feb. 13,
2013, in Santan, Ariz. He was born June 26, 1947, to William and Beulah
(Sapp) Smith Sr. in Sterling, Kansas. Don went to Stearns Elementary School,
Altamont Junior High School and Klamath Union High School, into the Army and
on to Vietnam. He was a Delta Force gunner and crew chief on the first
helicopter to fly for Special Ops Missions. His name is on the Living
Memorial Wall near Weed, Calif., and on a memorial brick at Veterans
Memorial Park in Klamath Falls. He was awarded several medals, including
Commendation Medal, Air Medal "V" Device for Heroism, First and Second Oak
Leaf for Heroism with "V" Device.
Returning home, Don became a Klamath Falls City
Police Officer at 24 and resident deputy sheriff for Chiloquin, Ore.
Don then went to the Marshall Islands in Kwajalein as
head of airport and island security, and Saudi Arabia, where he was head of
the King Phad Hospital security. He returned to the Marshall Islands and
married Yvette Mendoza in the Philippines. He returned to the U.S. and
worked for Rock Shocks in San Jose, CA as head of security.
Donald and Yvette moved to Santan AZ, where he
resided until his death. Survivors include Yvette of Santan, his loving wife
of 27 years. Military services were conducted in Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 19, 2013.
Letter from Yvette to Newsletter Editor Fred
How's everything going? Hope you're doing fine as
I'm sorry to tell you that Don has passed away on
February 13, 2013. He died of pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed last Feb.
2012. Because of his health that he could not write well so was not
able to communicate with you.
Don appreciated very much your concern by sending
some veterans activities that left him elated that he was one of the
members, even though he wasn't able to communicate with his acquaintances.
Lastly, I do hope that you can keep in touch with me."
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CWO-2 L. A. SMITH
Died after tour in 1974
Served as an A/C with the Bandit platoon.
Death was the result of an aircraft crash in Mexico.
TIMOTHY W SOMODY
October 23, 1939 - November 6, 2005
Place of Death:
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona; SSN issued in Ohio
CW4 BOBBIE LENVILLE STANFILL
February 5, 1935 - October 9, 2007
Bobbie served with the 281st AHC as a Bandit Pilot and
Maintenance Officer in 1969-70
CW4 (Retired) Bobbie Lenville Stanfill, age 72, of Ozark,
died Tuesday evening, Oct. 9, 2007, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Funeral
services will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Holman
Funeral Home in Ozark with the Rev. David R. Saliba officiating. The family will
receive friends at the funeral home from 3:30 to 5 p.m. prior to the service.
Interment will be Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at 2 p.m. in Franconia Cemetery at
Aliceville with full Military Honors, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing.
Bobbie was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Fruitland, Tenn., and grew up in Aliceville. He
entered the United States Army in February 1952 and married Annie Laura Dean on
July 4, 1953. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam and one in Korea,
retiring as a CW4 at Fort Rucker in July 1984. During his 32 years of service,
Bobbie received numerous distinguished service awards, to include four Good
Conduct Medals, Master Parachutist Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Vietnam
Cross of Gallantry, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was a member of the
82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C., where he trained as a paratrooper
and a combat Army medic and earned his Practical Nursing License. He was in the
Army's U.S. Special Forces - the Green Beret. He graduated from the helicopter
training program in Savannah, Ga., and later became an instructor pilot and
senior flight instructor. During his last ten years of military service, he also
worked as a civilian LPN at the Dale Medical Center Emergency Room. Following
his retirement from the armed services, he was a Medical Technician at Lyster
Army Hospital until his retirement in March 2004. He attended Southside Baptist
Church in Ozark.
Bobbie is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Annie Dean Stanfill of Ozark;
his son and daughter-in-law, Bobbie Lenville Jr. and Traci Stanfill of Kauai,
Hawaii; his daughter, Kathy Leigh Justice of San Antonio, Texas; and daughter
and son-in-law, Janice and Lindsay Beddingfield of Montgomery; three precious
granddaughters, Maria Grace Beddingfield, Tristen Elaine Presley Stanfill and
Jillian Dayle Presley Stanfill; brothers and sisters, Agatha Tucker of
Birmingham, Nell Greenley of Lafayette, La., Eva Sims of Valley, Billy Stanfill
of Cleveland, Tenn., Jimmie Stanfill of Aliceville, and Libby Geeslin of
Columbus, Miss. The family request that memorials be made in Bobbie's memory to
the Alabama Kidney Foundation, P. O. Box 12505, Birmingham, AL 35202, or to the
Southeastern Diabetes Education Service, 500 Chase Park South, Suite 104,
Hoover, AL 35244.
FROM: Dean Roesner,
He was one of the good guys, always treated the crews with respect and as
equals, possibly because he had been enlisted and came from the SF community. I
remember him as an "old guy" that had been around and seen a lot by the time he
got in the 281st. According to his age now, he would have been 33 then and to a
21 year old that was ancient. He was the PP and I the CE when we crashed and
totaled 342. He will be missed. Dean
FROM: Bob Mitchel,
Bobby Stanfill and I got to be friends at An Hoa during a Delta Operation in the
summer of 1969. We discovered that we were from the same hometown of Bemis,
Tennessee a small cotton mill town of about 2500 population. He was about 10
years or so older than I so we did not know each other before we met in the
281st. Bobby is the one who had the heal of his boot blown off by shrapnel from
an incoming 82mm mortar. He was running down the runway to a bunker and the
round hit behind him knocking him off his feet, but only hitting the heal of his
FROM: John Korsbeck,
When I got to the 281st - one of the first "SFer" I met was Bobbie. We hadn't
run into each other prior, but knew lots of the same guys. We used to go over to
Recondo and DELTA and have several cool-ones with mutual acquaintances. Many
times it took both of us - holding each other up, to get across runway 05 going
home! On one of our more brilliant trips - Bobbie wanted us to get in a bird-dog
and taxi our way home!!! I think Bobbie went into Maint. after the An Hoa trip.
Before we had " the Yahoo Groups " - I used to call Bobbie a lot. After reading
MOP's account of ' the heel on Bobbie's boot ' .... wasn't there also something
about one of the FNG's almost shooting him in the foot in the Bandit hooch's
FROM: Jeff Murray,
I flew with Bobbie once or twice, usually in a maintenance capacity. He was on
top of a Huey at An Hoa once when we got mortared, as he scrambled to get off he
got hit in the boot with piece of shrapnel, thought he was wounded. I also
remember one night we got mortared and whoever got launched on the Rat Pack side
flew an orbit or two and parked the aircraft. I was still outside when Bobby
opened the logbook and saw 1 hour in the time flown slot and proceeded to speed
walk toward the pilots hooch to get him to correct the time downward. I could
hear Bobby yelling from a hundred yards away. He was a good guy. Jeff
FROM: Dave Dosker,
I well remember the incident when Bobby got knocked off his feet! I was walking
back from the mess tent just before noon. Our friends outside the wire had a
habit of sending one or two harassment rounds in about that time. I believe he
had just landed from a test flight and was ahead of me to the right when the
incoming round hit to our rear. We both went down. I was reacting to the sound
but Bobby immediately yelled" I'm hit, I'm hit!" I was on my way to assist him
when I saw him pull his foot practically up to his face, examine the inside of
his boot and Yell as he scrambled to his feet "I'm not hit !" Later I recall a
piece of shrapnel was located that may have been the culprit. Someone told me it
was a 122.mm. I remember hearing a "whistling noise" just before the explosion
near one of the Indig tents. I was moving already but he beat me to a slit
trench. The shrapnel went thru all three layers of the boot leather, snagged his
sock but didn't break the skin. As I recall he had been a SF Medic. I looked up
to him and respected him. A finer man never walked this earth. Dave
FROM: Lee Brewer,
I guess I have been quite on this one long enough. Bobbie was another one along
with Fred Funk, Untalan and I that tried to eat all of Mom's hot chili and
anything else that had hot sauce or chilies on it. All of us having been in SF,
had a close friendship (kinship) that will forever remain. Fred, Mom and I are
the only ones remaining of that group. Lee
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JOHN TRAVIS STEPHENS
August 24, 1942 - December 19, 2007
John served in the 281st as a Wolf Pack pilot during 1968
and received his promotion to CW2 while serving in the unit. He earned a
Distinguished Flying Cross. John passed away on December 19, 2007 as a result of
wounds received while serving his second tour in
Vietnam. John was laid to rest on December 31, 2007 in the National Cemetery at
Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
He was born in Trinity, Texas and died in San
Antonio. His son Anthony survives.
From Col. Mayhew on Dec. 27, 2017:
Intruders. I am sad to report that we lost a good friend yesterday. Colonel Judy Haggard, USA, Ret. (Nurse Corps) left us. Judy first came on the scene when WO John Stephens returned from his second tour, seriously injured from a claymore mine blast that struck him in the head. Judy cared for him while he was in the hospital, and continued to look after him until his death in 2007. At the reunion we talked about the fact that John belonged on the VN Wall and she volunteered to help get his death certificate corrected.
John was a true Intruder. He was the first Intruder pilot promoted to CWO-2 and it was an honor and pleasure to have served with him. Thanks to Judy, he lived out his last few years with a great friend that cared for him. His write-up with pictures is on the DAT section of the web site. Jm
Frankie Esquilin, Col. Judy Haggard, Joe and Carolyn Corney
THOMAS ROBERT STUNDA
January 24, 1938 - September 26, 2011
WO Thomas Stunda served in the 281s AHC in 1969 - 70 as
an aviator. He graduated from Army flight school with Class # 66-12.
was 73 years of age at the time of his death in Houston, Texas. He shall not be
JOSEPH "JOE" L. SULLIVAN, JR
Died after his tour on March 28, 2014
Pilot 6th Airlift Platoon 1965-66
The obituary as seen on findagrave.com:
Chief Warrant Officer (CW4 Ret) JOSEPH L. SULLIVAN,
JR., age 70 of Little Rock, passed away on March 28, 2014.
Chief Sullivan was the grandson of late Judge John L.
and Hazel Sullivan, and the son of the late Colonel Joseph L. and Gloria
Sullivan. Chief Sullivan was a 1961 graduate of Catholic High School and held
a Bachelors Degree from UALR and a Masters Degree from Embry Riddle
Chief Sullivan joined the Army in October 1964 and
upon graduation from Warrant Officer Candidate Helicopter Flight Training in
September 1965 arrived in Viet Nam in November of that year. Chief Sullivan
was initially assigned to the 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) in direct
support of the 5th Special Forces Group. The 6th Airlift Platoon and other
aviation unites were joined together and formed the 281st Assault Helicopter
Company. The 281st AHC was the first U.S. Army Helicopter Company organized
and trained as a Special Operations Aviation unit in the Republic of Viet
Nam. The 281st was placed under the Operational Control of the 5th Special
Forces Group, Nha Trang, RVN. Chief Sullivan's second assignment in Viet Nam
was with the Bravo Company 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cav Division
Chief Sullivan was a life member of the Vietnam
Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA), American Legion. Veterans of Foreign
Wars (VFW), and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). His military awards include
the Air Medal, three awards of National Defense Service Medal (Viet Nam,
Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom), three awards of the Army Commendation
Medal and others. Chief Sullivan retired from the Army in June 2003. Chief
Sullivan also had a parallel civilian career with the State of Arkansas as a
Senior Financial Examiner with the Arkansas Insurance Department.
His loving wife Wilma precedes him in death.
Survivors include his children Joe Sullivan, III
and Deborah, Kim Swaggerty and husband Shannon and John Sullivan and wife
Colleen, all of Charlotte, NC; Stepson Jameson Dormann of Atlanta, GA and
stepdaughter Kimberly Wilfong husband Steven and grandson Gavin of Conway,
AR. Two nieces, Dawn Teagle and husband Stan and grandniece Haileigh of
Gainsville, FL, Leigh Skehan and husband Eddie and grand nephew Holden of
Leesburg, FL and his nieces mother Joan Sullivan, of Leesburg, FL; two
sisters, Kaye Duncan and her children Michael and Erin of Orlando, FL, and
Barbara Stone and husband Jeff and daughter Megan and great nephew Barrett of
Magnet Cove and wife and friend Kitty.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday,
April 4 in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th St.,
Little Rock with Brother James Wilson officiating.
Interment with Military Honors took place at Arkansas
State Veterans Cemetery.
Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery
North Little Rock
PAUL JOSEPH SWOL
October 10, 1950 - May 19, 2002
Bandit Door Gunner March 1969-May 1970
Paul Died in California on May 19, 2002 of cancer that
resulted from his exposure to agent Orange. In 1969 he joined the 281st AHC as a
POL Specialist and soon thereafter decided that he wanted to fly as a door
gunner. Paul transferred to crew member status and served the remainder of his
tour as a gunner with the Bandit Platoon of the 281st AHC in support of Project
Delta, a special forces long range recon unit. Leaving the service in 1970 he
returned to his home state of Connecticut for a short period and then on a visit
to friends in California decided to remain in Fort Bragg where, at the time of
his illness, he was a foreman with the Georgia Pacific Lumber Company. During
the 281st AHC reunion in 2001, which Paul attended against his doctors advice,
members of the unit discovered that he had not been awarded the air medal for
his service in Vietnam. A team of his friends put together the award
recommendation and Congressman Mike Thompson processed it through military
channels. On May 18, 2002, the day before his death a group of his friends and
former 281st mates visited with him and participated, along with his
Congressman, in a ceremony in which he was presented with the long over due Air
Medal. Paul is survived by his widow, Roschelle Swol and daughters Cheryl Swol,
Amber Ellsworth an Trina Nalor.
California Congressman Mike Thompson awarding Paul the
on the day prior to his passing.
Paul's widow resides at:
17894 Georges Lane
PO Box 293
Ft. Bragg, CA 95437
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