Gerald Howard Slingerland

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
25 October 1948 - 26 October 1967
Albany, New York
Panel 28E Line 074

Army Aircrew

Air Medal (22 OLC), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Gerald Howard Slingerland

10 Jan 2005

May his spirit live on.............

Gerald died along with my brother, David Griffin, in a helicopter crash. An eyewitness to the crash told me the copter was flying low to the ground over a swollen rice paddy when the ship went down. It was rainy and real wet when it plunged deep into the rice paddy, rubble and fuel burning. Years ago another eyewitness told my father the copter was being fired upon. When it rotated to shoot back, the rotor broke, causing the copter to spin out-of-control. All lives onboard were lost on that fateful day. Gerald died one day after his 19th birthday.

A soldier who served with Gerald told me he was an excellent crew chief with a positive outlook on life. He was kindhearted and loved laughing. He embraced life. Gerald was a good man.

Herbert Rand, David Griffin, Gerald Slingerland

01 Aug 2005


by his sister,
Bobbi Lynne Hoover

20 Nov 2005

The Statler Brothers sing this song.

More Than A Name On A Wall
(author unknown)

I saw her from a distance
As she walked up to the Wall
in her hand she held some flowers
as her tears began to fall
and she took out pen and paper
as to trace her memories
and she looked up to heaven
and the words she said were these...

She said Lord, my boy was special,
and he meant so much to me
and Oh I'd love to see him
just one more time you see
All I have are the memories
and the moments to recall
So Lord could you tell him,
He's more than a name on a Wall..

She said he really missed the family
and being home on Christmas day
and he died for God and Country
in a place so far away.
I remember just a little boy
playing war since he was three
But Lord this time I know,
He's not coming home to me

And she said Lord my boy was special,
and he meant so much to me
and Oh I'd love to see him
But I know it just can't be
So I thank you for my memories
and the moments to recall
But Lord could you tell him,
He's more than a name on a Wall..

Lord, could you tell him,
He's more than a name on a Wall..

From his sister,
Bobbi Lynne Hoover
P. O. Box 111, Speculator, Ny 12164

14 Aug 2005

Always in my heart
And in my memory
Love and miss you

From a niece,
Ginger Hoffman Thompson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Four men of the 114th AHC died in the crash of their UH-1C Huey (hull number 66-00514): The HUEY's blade retention nut on the main rotor cracked and failed, causing the aircraft to crash in a rice paddy and burn. (Source: 114th AHC site)

A simple granite monument dedicated to 70 men of the 114th AHC killed in action in Vietnam was unveiled Saturday, May 27, 2000, at the Georgia Veterans' Memorial State Park, Cordele, Georgia. The monument was placed in front of a helicopter used by the 114th during the Vietnam War that is part of the park's aircraft exhibit; a history of the memorial and its dedication is on the 114th's site .

114th AHC Memorial Memorial in place

The men of the
114th Assault Helicopter Company
remember their lost comrades.

114th AHC Memorial Wall

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Jan 2005
Last updated 08/10/2009