Ned Richard Heintz

First Lieutenant
Army Of The United States
15 June 1946 - 16 May 1970
De Graff, OH
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Ned R Heintz

Army Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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Ned arrived in Vietnam on December 15, 1969 and was assigned to the 281st Assault Helicopter Company, in Nha Trang, RVN. He served as a helicopter pilot, assistant "Bandit" platoon leader and as operations officer with the unit.

May 11, 1970 The 281st AHC established a forward operations base at Camp Holloway, Pleiku, RVN in preparation for aerial operations into Cambodia. At approximately 8:55 p.m. on May 11, 1970 the base at Camp Holloway came under enemy rocket attack and Ned was seriously wounded when a rocket exploded in the immediate area of his living quarters. The same rocket also killed four crew members of the Wolf Pack gun platoon that were in an adjoining tent. They were SP5 Joseph W. Cunningham, SP5 Scott E. Sutherland, SP5 Daniel J. Vaughan and SP4 Danny J. Taulbee. Also seriously wounded was 1st LT. Jared H. Bahre of the 1st Platoon (Rat Pack). Ned was immediately taken to the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku, RVN. There, despite the efforts of doctors and skilled medical personnel, Ned succumbed to his wounds at 3:20 p.m. on May 16.

LT. Ned Heintz was adopted by Roger Green of the 281st AHC Association who prepared his "Book Of Remembrance" which is posted on the 281st AHC web site. Roger Green

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A memorial from his unit association,
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2 Dec 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)