Terry Lee Manz
Photo for Terry Lee Manz submitted by Robert Sage.
-- The Virtual Wall, 09/30/2012
A search for information about Terry's life reveals that he graduated from
Nicolet High School in Glendale Wisconsin; a school that served Glendale, Fox Point, Bayside, and River Hills.
Terry attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He was a Cadet in the Reserve Officer Training
Corps (ROTC) program at the school and a member of the Scabbard and Blade Society and Pershing Rifles (Rifle Club
and Color Guard).
Terry married Elaine Margaret Schwandner on August 31, 1964. Elaine was
the daughter of the late Geraldine C. (Nee Peters) (December 2009) and late Harvey W. Schwandner (June 1988), the Editor
of the Milwaukee Sentinel newspaper from 1962 to 1975. They had been married 56 years and Elaine's
mother was 101 years old. Elaine, as many wives did when their husbands went to Vietnam, was residing at her parent's
residence on Tennyson drive in nearby Bayside Wisconsin at the time of Terry's death in Vietnam.
The photo below must have been taken
during his paratrooper training and he was entitled to wear the Paratrooper badge but his Military Occupational
Specialty code was not changed to reflect it in the Coffelt database (The Virtual Wall uses it as our database
of record), so the paratrooper badge is not shown below his medals at the top of the
Terry was assigned to the 128th Assault Helicopter Company "Tomahawks" after his arrival, in-processing, and orientation in country. Read about the 128th AHC and the helicopters and missions they flew in Vietnam. Below is a photo of a 101st Airborne Division UH-1D Iroquois (See the "Screaming Eagle" on the nose), a similar type aircraft flown by Terry. Terry flew the Huey model 1D, but it may have been outfitted with different weaponry, depending on his mission. The one below is a troop carrier, used to move troops from one area of operation to another using "Combat Assaults".
Terry was killed in action on January 28, 1967 when performing the duty of Aircraft Commander
in his UH-1D "Huey" (Tail #63-12994). 1LT Manz called for landing instructions when approaching the Xuan Loc Airfield.
The papers back in Wisconsin reported the news of his death around the 29th and 30th
of January in a manner similar to:
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