John Dehaas CurranCaptain
A CO, 227TH AHB, 52ND AVN BN, 17TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
12 May 1946 - 25 May 1971
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The database page for John Dehaas Curran
John Dehaas Curran was a 1964 graduate of Glendale (Arizona) High School. A star athlete and All-Stater, Captain Curran served as co-pilot on the med-evac helicopter which crashed and burned killing all aboard on May 25, 1971. His photo is from the 1964 'Cardinal annual' and is provided courtesy of Guillermo Diaz.
From a schoolmate and fellow veteran,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 24 May 1971 a UH-1H (tail number 67-17760) from the 92nd Assault Helicopter Company was conducting an ammunition resupply mission near Firebase 5 north of Pleiku when it was hit by a mortar round on short final and exploded. Two men - CPT Larry Richard Dewey (pilot) and SP4 Gerald Martin Lubbehusen (gunner) - died in the crash. A third, SP4 John Wayne Littleton, survived the crash and was able to evade capture and make it to Firebase Five on foot. The name of the fourth man - the second pilot - is not known; since no other casualty in the 92nd AHC is identified, it is assumed that the fourth man survived the crash.
On 25 May, a UH-1H (tail number 69-15704) from A Company, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, was tasked to pick up SP4 Littlejohn and two unidentified wounded South Vietnamese troops from Firebase 5. Four men were aboard the 227th aircraft:
According to Stanton's Vietnam Order of Battle the assets of A Company, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion were used to form the 3rd Aviation Company in June 1971 when the bulk of the 1st Cavalry Division's 227th AHB was withdrawn from Vietnam. It appears, however, that the company actually retained its original designation after its assignment to the 52nd Aviation Battalion - but the designation was abbreviated as "A/227"
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a schoolmate and fellow veteran,
Frank C. Paden
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 04 Apr 2008
Last updated 05/01/2008