Reginald David CleveWarrant Officer
176TH AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GRP, AMERICAL DIV
Army of the United States
02 August 1947 - 22 March 1971
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The database page for Reginald David Cleve
Friend of All, My Best Friend of All
Letter To Reginald
I saw you Friday
I wore his bracelet for quite a while but on Aug. 4, 2004 I laid him to rest with my dad, another VN vet. I miss them both.
A Note from The Virtual WallIn February 1971 the South Vietnamese Army undertook large-scale offensive operations against enemy communications and supply lines in the portions of Laos adjacent to the two northern provinces of South Vietnam (the Ho Chi Minh Trail area). While ARVN troops conducted the ground operations in Laos, US forces provided helicopter and fixed wing air support.
On 22 Mar 71 the 176th Assault Helicopter Company, 14th Cbt Avn Bn, provided a five-ship resupply flight in support of ARVN forces operating about 10 miles inside Laos. One of the aircraft, UH-1H tail number 68-15759, was crewed by
The POW Network site contains the following statements:
"The aircraft was flying at an altitude of about 5000 feet above sea level in Savannakhet Province, Laos, when it was fired upon by a hostile ground force and an explosion occurred in the cargo compartment. The helicopter impacted essentially in one piece and again exploded and continued to burn. No one was observed to exit the aircraft, and it was the opinion of the investigating committee that no one could have survived. No rescue attempts were made due to the heavy concentration of enemy troops and the [anti]aircraft fire in the area.The Virtual Wall cannot verify or dispute the details of the loss as given on the POW Network, but it is a matter of record that the four crewmen have not been repatriated.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 Apr 2003
Last updated 07/02/2006