Johnny Leonard Neal

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
23 May 1944 - 07 October 1966
East St Louis, Illinois
Panel 11E Line 058


Combat Infantry

Army Aircrew

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

The database page for Johnny Leonard Neal

17 Aug 2003

Johnny, your brothers at the 129th AHC miss you and think of often. The crash, that also took the lives of Robert Chamberlain, Harry Whetzel and Robert Gilliam was the first for the 129th. We lit candles for you at the 129th re-union this year, and will continue to do so until there is no one left to do it. Rest in Peace dear friend.

07 Oct 2005

I'll see you at the "Wall" tonight, 39 years after you were KIA trying to help your brothers. RIP. Gently

From a friend,
Judith Singer
7221 W. Bluemound Road, Milw. Wi 53213

A Note from The Virtual Wall

"We flew a combat assault for the 2/327 on 7 October and it was a very smooth operation. However, upon our return to base camp at Tuy Hoa the company was shocked and saddened to hear that four of our comrades had been killed that afternoon. A gun ship (UH-1B HUEY hull number 64-13932) was shot down on an independent mission between Dong Ba Thin and Phan Rang while engaging an enemy .50 caliber machine gun which had a friendly unit pinned down with its deadly fire. Killed were Captain Whetzel, WO Chamberlain, SP/5 Gilliam and PFC Neal. They truly exemplified the fighting spirit of the 129th Assault Helicopter Company by engaging in a deed above and beyond the call of duty while giving their all to support the ground troops."
From the official history of the
129th Assault Helicopter Company

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