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Specialist 5th Class, Combat Aviation Crew Chief
281st Assault Helicopter Company
From: Bremerton, Washington
Born: March 14th, 1950
Tour of duty began on December 2nd, 1968
Killed on May 11, 1970 during
an enemy rocket attack at
Pleiku, South Vietnam.

1stAB Army Aviator

guidon Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

SP5 Scott Eugene Sutherland
On May 11, 1970, the 281st AHC established a forward operations base at Camp Holloway, Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam in preparation for aerial operations into Cambodia. At approximately 8:55 p.m. on May 11, the base at Camp Holloway came under enemy rocket attack. The rockets killed four crewmembers of the Wolf Pack gun platoon in their tent: Sgt. Scott E. Sutherland, Sgt. Joseph W. Cunningham, Sgt. Daniel J. Vaughan and Specialist 4 Danny J. Taulbee. Also, seriously wounded were 1st Lieutenant Jared H. Bahre and 1st Lieutenant Ned Heintz of the 1st Platoon (Rat Pack). Ned was immediately taken to the 71st Evacuation Hospital. There, despite the efforts of doctors and skilled medical personnel, Ned Succumbed to his wounds at 3:20 p.m. on May 16, 1970.

Further details of this attack can be found on Ned Heintz's page.


high school class picture
High School Class Picture

On Leave

Scott's marker
Photo by J.R. Saunders

in basic
Scottie's Basic Training Company

The above pictures of Scotty were provided by
Wayne Beckett,
his high school friend and fellow basic trainee.


“A heartfelt legacy."

I wanted the 281st association to know that a scholarship has been established at Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington Branch in Memory Of Spec 5 Scott Eugene Sutherland, Killed in Action in May of 1970. Scott and I were friends for many years and we enlisted in the Army together right after finishing high school at West Bremerton High School June of 1968. I remember and think of Scott each and every day. I'm now 71 and not in good health. I was concerned that after I pass on very few people would remember Scott. So my wife and I established the scholarship in Memory of Scott. The scholarship will be going to veterans and to receive the scholarship they have to know some information about Scott. I felt that this way Scott would always be remembered for many years after I pass on. Thank you for taking the time to read this and feel free to share this information with other members.
- Wayne G Beckett

scott and friends at work
Scott is on the right in both photos.

scott at work with friends
Both photos by Wesley Schuster.



huey sunrise

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