Domenico Cacciola
Specialist Four
Army of the United States
New York, New York
May 22, 1946 to May 26, 1967
DOMENICO CACCIOLA is on the Wall at Panel 20E, Line 110

Domenico Cacciola
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24 Aug 2001


Domenico was my cousin. He died when I was just an infant, but I was told that he knew me and held me many times before he went off to fight in Vietnam. Domenico was not a citizen of this great country and could have legally avoided the draft but he willingly went to fight for his new homeland.

I pray that he is resting in peace knowing that his memory is not and will not be forgotten by me or my family.

From his cousin,
Joe Cacciola


A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 26 May 1967, a UH-1D HUEY (hull number 65-10089) of C Company, 227th Aviation Battalion, was preparing to launch on a troop-carrier mission. As the pilot was given "all clear" and the aircraft lifted off, the skids caught on a cargo net, causing the aircraft to roll and crash on its left side. A small fire resulted but was quickly extinguished by the ground crew.

The following extracts are taken from the 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry's Operations Log for 26 May 1967:

0650 - One alloy [helicopter] turned over on LZ QUICK coords BR 933896
0712 - (Ref item 22) Cause of accident unknown. S3 [Operations Officer] reports 6 KIAs
0915 - (Ref item 22) they were 5 killed from A Co and one killed from D and 1 killed C Trp 227th.
1050 - All KIAs and WIAs from crash site ref #22 have been med-evaced.

The seven men - six passengers, one crewman - who died in the crash were

  • C Co, 227th AHB, 11th Avn Group
    • SP4 William L. Dornbergh, Modesto, CA

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry
    • 1LT Edward S. Fisher, Eagle Rock, CA
    • SP4 Domenico Cacciola, New York, NY
    • SP4 David R. Cushing, El Paso, TX
    • SP4 Alan J. Ruddell, Marshfield, MO
    • PFC Charles D. Allen, Columbus, OH

  • D Co, 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry
    • PFC Loren C. Surles, New York, NY
Landing Zone QUICK was located about 9 kilometers southeast of Bong Son in Binh Dinh Province.

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