Daniel Bernard Cheney

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
28 January 1947 - 06 January 1969
Bellingham, Washington
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Army Aviator

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

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28 Jan 2007

I did not know Daniel, but several years ago I had the privilege to meet his sister at a reunion of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.

We talked for about 30 minutes and she described how her family had turned the pain of Daniel's loss into healing. They started the organization Peace Trees Vietnam. Peace Trees Vietnam searches for buried land mines and other unexploded ordnance in Vietnam, digs them up and disarms them.

They have saved countless lives and prevented untold human misery. They perform other humanitarian work in Vietnam and do it very efficiently because the organization is staffed by volunteers with only one paid employee.

From a friend of the family,
Jim Schueckler

06 Feb 2007

To Marry - Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Higgins have announced the engagement of their daughter Gail to Lieutenant Daniel B. Cheney, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Cheney, 1554 King Mountain Ave. The announcement was made at J Bar H Ranch, Moses Lake. Miss Higgins attended Big Bend Community College and is now at Western Washington State College. Lt. Cheney attended Clark Jr. College, Vancouver WA and is now stationed at Bien Hoa, Vietnam

The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham WA, Monday, 6 January 1969

Local Helicopter Pilot Shot Down - Lieutenant Daniel B. Cheney, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Cheney, 1554 King Mountain Ave., was killed in Vietnam Monday when his single placement [sic] combat helicopter was shot down by enemy fire.

Cheney had completed an army flight training school course and left for Vietnam 19 Dec (1968) where he was stationed at Bien Hoa. He is the 34th man from this area to die in Vietnam.

He attended Clark Junior College in Vancouver WA and was an Army Officer Candidate School graduate before receiving flight training.

Flying a Cobra Helicopter, a one-man fighter [sic], he was giving direct support to ground troops when shot down.

His engagement to Miss Gail Higgins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Higgins of Moses Lake, was announced only last Monday, the day he was killed. She attends Western Washington State College.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Rae Cheney, head teller at a local bank; his father, who works with the County Agricultural Department, and two sisters.

The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham WA, Wednesday, 8 Jan 1969

Courtesy of
Darilee Bednar

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Two men from A Troop, 3/17th Cavalry died when AH-1G tail number 67-15582 was shot down: 1LT Daniel B. Cheney and WO Walter N. Koslosky of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Jim Schueckler

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Jan 2007
Last updated 02/08/2007