Jackie Phillip Heil

United States Air Force
25 November 1941 - 25 September 1970
Rocky Ford, Colorado
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DFC (4 awards), Air Medal (5 awards), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Jack Heil

The database page for Jackie Phillip Heil

16 Apr 2002

Remembered by his squadronmates in the
20th Special Operations Squadron
the Green Hornets.

A memorial initiated by a fellow Green Hornet,
Robert Hall

26 Mar 2003

Jack Heil

Jack Heil was the youngest son of Scott and Ruth Heil. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1964 with a degree in agronomy. He was called "The Flying Farmer" by his classmates in pilot training at Vance. He married Linda Graham and became the father of Cynthia Lynn and Lora Ann.

He flew B-52s out of Blytheville AFB and Hueys out of Malmstrom AFB before flying with the 20th SOS "Green Hornets" in Vietnam. Jack received the DFC with 3 oak clusters and the Air Medal with 5 oak clusters.

He is still missed by his families: Linda Heil, Cindy and Rich Previte, Lora, Jay, Rylee and Addison Bundy; Norma Heil, Bill Heil, John and Jean Heil, and Henry and Mary Rusch; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

From his wife,
Linda Heil

21 Sep 2007

God bless Jackie. You served with honor and gave your life so that others may live. You are a hero. My dad, Henry Robert Heil (Bob) also served in Vietnam. I served in the Gulf War in 1991, and Iraq in 2004 and 2007. Like you Jackie, our Servicemen and women today are amazing and risking it all. Like you some have given their lives too in their quest to save others. Like you Jackie, they are heroes too.

God bless.

From a second cousin,
John Heil
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Notes from The Virtual Wall

Two UH-1s of the 20th SOS based at Ban Me Thuot departed on a combat mission. The lead aircraft, UH-1F (tail number 64-15484), was crewed by
  • Capt Jackie Phillip Heil, instructor pilot
  • Capt H B Carrington, pilot
  • MSgt Gerald Allan Cooper, gunner
  • SSgt D J Galvan, gunner
During the flight, Heil's aircraft was forced into a turn to avoid a mid-air collision with a VNAF CH-34. The aircraft hit trees while turning, crashed, and caught fire after it came to rest. The fire destroyed the aircraft. Captain Heil and MSgt Cooper were killed and Captain Carrington and SSgt Galvan injured in the crash. A third helicopter which was transport configured and in the general area was called to recover the two injured crew members and evacuated them to Duc Lap for medical treatment. They were later transported to Cam Ranh Bay. Both survived their injuries.

Some sources, including the VHPA database,
give SSgt Galvan's name incorrectly as "Calvan".

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his wife,
Linda Heil

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Apr 2002
Last updated 06/10/2008