Vernice Hollingsworth

Specialist Four
A TROOP, 1ST SQDN, 9TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
12 August 1946 - 18 April 1967
Boynton Beach, Florida
Panel 18E Line 045

1 CAV DIV

9TH CAV RGT


Army Aircrew

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

The database page for Vernice Hollingsworth

1 Jun 2004

My good friend. Great smile, great wit and WHAT A VOICE!!! Sang "Tears on My Pillow" as well as Little Anthony himself. Christmas 1966 we put on a skit that "roasted" our Officers/Pilots, having some fun with their flight and combat mannerisms ... but Vern's gift of song and love for his buddies is what those of us who heard and knew him will always remember. I crewed with HOLLY many times ... he was a great soldier, a great guy and I still miss him!

From a soldier friend,
Mike O'Donnell
mikeod@realmatrix.com

13 Nov 2006

His was a voice that will always be in my memories. In late March or early April 67 someone thought we would get hit at LZ Dog and we took all the aircraft back to An Khe for the night. About 9:30 that night Vernice was invited to the Officers Club to sing. He did a few then sang a Robert Frost poem, "Last night I had the strangest dream." There were numerous combat tested personnel there from WO1 to LTC. When Vernice finished there was not a dry eye in the place. He touched many lives and lives on in our hearts. It is an honor to have served with him.

From an "A" Troop Pilot,
Jim Haslitt
jhaslitt@petersfinancial.com

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 18 April 1967 a UH-1C gunship (tail number 66-15048) was shot down while making a rocket run on a VC position in the An Loa. The Huey crashed and burned, killing the five men aboard:
  • MAJ Thomas D. Mendenhall, Phoenix, AZ, Troop CO, pilot, A/1/9
  • CPT Patrick L. Haley, La Salle, IL (Dist Svc Cross), pilot, A/1/9
  • SP4 Ronald D. Bruce, West Alexandria, OH, crew chief, A/1/9
  • SP4 Vernice Hollingsworth, Boynton Beach, FL, gunner, A/1/9
  • 1LT Robert J. Crabbe, Ann Arbor, MI, Artillery Observer, unit unknown
Captain Haley received the Distinguished Service Cross for an earlier action (02 October 1966) in which he landed under heavy fire to pick up a wounded US soldier. His Citation is available on the 1st Cav Medic site.


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a soldier friend,
Mike O'Donnell
mikeod@realmatrix.com



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 1 Jun 2004
Last updated 12/24/2006