Florentino Flores
Private First Class
Army of the United States
Welch, Texas
April 01, 1950 to August 26, 1970
FLORENTINO FLORES is on the Wall at Panel W7, Line 10

Florentino Flores
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20 Mar 2007

Florentino was a soldier from Welch, Texas who died three months after his 20th birthday. Welch, Texas is a very small community north of Lamesa, Texas in Dawson County. Lamesa is the county seat. PFC Flores is remembered by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial located in Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762


A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 26 Aug 1970, during the evacuation of Kham Duc, CH-47B helicopters of the 178th ASHC were delivering elements of the 196th Infantry Brigade to LZ Judy. While on final approach to landing the fifth aircraft (tail number 67-18445) was hit by enemy RPG fire, crashed into trees, exploded, and burned. An internal load of 105mm howitzer ammunition contributed to the destruction. Thirty-one men aboard the aircraft died; one (the copilot) is known to have survived. The dead were
  • 178th ASHC
    • CWO Daniel W. York, Tulsa, OK, pilot
    • SP4 Hima D. Mc Dougall, Thompson Falls, MT
    • SP4 George E. Tefft, Oklahoma City, OK
    • SP4 Joel C. York, Fort Walton Beach, FL

  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Infantry
    • CPL Michael L. Morgan, Hollow Rock, TN

  • C Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Infantry
    • SP4 Dwight P. O'Brien, Ronceverte, WV

  • D Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Infantry
    • SP4 William Anderson, Milwaukee, WI
    • PFC Theodore F. Bedra, Buena Park, CA
    • CPL Paul E. Bridgett, Riverdale, MD
    • CPL Wesley O. Cody, Wynne, AR
    • SP4 Curtiss Estridge, Hoskinston, KY
    • PFC Florentino Flores, Welch, TX
    • SP4 Isiah C. Garnett, New Orleans, LA
    • CPL James M. Ginn, Arlington, VA
    • CPL Thomas S. Hickman, Loogootee, IN
    • 1SG Albert L. Johnson, Angier, NC
    • CPL Curtis J. Manring, Pinnacle, NC
    • CPL Ruben Martinez-Zayas, Salinas, PR
    • SGT Robert P. McMaster, Green Bay, WI
    • SP4 David P. Reese, Tacoma, WA
    • SP4 David E. Rose, Flint, MI
    • SP4 Lee E. Salters, Belden, MS
    • PFC Charles G. Wehrheim, Chicago, IL

  • E Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Infantry
    • SP4 Stuart L. Barnett, Bull Shoals, AR
    • SP4 Dennis G. Batesel, Hocomo, MO
    • SGT Onnie D. Duncan, Vidalia, GA
    • SGT Fred C. Kraemer, Hopkins, MN
    • PFC John L. Piersol, Downingtown, PA

  • HHC, 2nd Bn, 1st Infantry
    • SP4 Hector M. Sandoval, Chicago, IL

  • A Btry, 3rd Bn, 82nd Artillery
    • SP4 William D. Thorpe, Jesup, IA
    • PVT John W. Widdows, Chicago, IL

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