James K McAleer

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
07 August 1946 - 22 August 1968
Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
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1 AVN BDE UH-1 Huey 92ND AHC
Silver Star

Army Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Military Merit, RVN Campaign medals

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28 Jan 2005

James' family had moved to North Dakota a few years before he left for Vietnam and when his helicopter went down, he was the first casualty from the state of North Dakota. In the city of Steele, North Dakota, where James' mother and sister still live, there is an Am-Vets Hall named for him and a display case holding his picture and medals along with dog tags rescued from the wreckage by a fellow member of his unit. James is survived and greatly loved and missed by his mother Audrey, his sisters Sheila, Diane and Maureen, his brothers Rodger and Allan and many nieces and nephews and their children.

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On 22 Aug 1968 four men of the 92nd Assault Helicopter Company died when their UH-1C gunship, tail number 66-15119, was shot down while supporting Task Force South near Bao Lac in Lam Dong Province:
  • Captain Verlyn Gwen Meyer, pilot
  • WO1 James K. McAleer III, copilot
  • SP5 David Lynn Ferry, crew chief
  • SP4 Patrick Edward Ward, gunner

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