Peter Daniel Geoghegan

Private First Class
Army of the United States
02 April 1943 - 10 June 1966
Mineola, New York
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Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Peter Daniel Geoghegan

03 Oct 2006

Uncle Pete-
You are remembered every day.
With love,
Denise Brandeau Friel

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
- e e cummings -

A Note from The Virtual Wall

According to the casualty database, Captain Johnnie P. Sawyer died in a non-combat loss on 10 June 1966. The 219th Aviation Company History for the period 25 March 1965 to 31 December 1966 does not address the circumstances of his loss, but the third page of the document is blank except for the words


1Lt Charles Getman and 1Lt Johnnie P. Sawyer, who made
the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Lt Getman died
on 19 July 1966, and Lt Sawyer on 10 June 1966.

The 219th flew the O-1D light observation aircraft. The Virtual Wall has not been able to determine the aircraft side number or the location of the crash.

A second soldier, PFC Peter D. Geoghegan (181st MI Detachment, 101st Abn Div) of Mineola, New York, was killed under identical circumstances on 10 June. Although The Virtual Wall cannot document it as fact, it seems likely that PFC Geoghegan was flying as Captain Sawyer's observer.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his niece,
Denise Brandeau Friel

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 03 Oct 2006
Last updated 10/17/2006