My younger brother Ret. MSG Michael Duane Glessner passed away 24 Feb 2020 at 0947 in Sacramento California. He died of complications associated with Lung Cancer and Agent Orange. We were in contact constantly and I was with him in his last days
He spent quite a few years in NAM as a crew chief with your organization and he remembered you folks well.
I also remember the few days I spent with you all when I visited Mike at Marble Mountain during my NAVY days.
His email address is VIETNAMVET@FRONTIER.COM and it is checked regularly.
I want to pass along some more sad news I just received today. Dean "Bob" Coder passed away November 1, 2019. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all his family. May he rest in peace with all his fallen Brothers.
I just received an email that William "Bill" Roche (Pilot 69) of the 282nd AHC passed away August 18, 2019 and Mrs. Roche passed away November 23, 2019. Let's all put the Roche family on our prayer lists over their great loss this difficult time. Rest in peace Brother
We just received notice that one of our Brothers, Michael Doyle, (68 Pilot CD 6) passed away October 24, 2019. Our deepest sympathy to his family. Rest in peace Brother.
Some sad news. Another one our great brothers passed away Friday, December 6, 2019, William Giles (69-70 Crew Chief). He is being cremated. Funeral services will be held at a later time. Susan, his wife, will let us know when this will take place.
I was with the start of the 282nd assualt helicopter co, we started out in fort benning ga. We all deployed to Oakland for a 31 day boat ride. We docked in quin non and made camp their for a while. Then they moved us up to Danang, they Vietcong hit us the first night we moved to our new location. I have a problem with name and memory, but some things you never forget.Our first flight crew that was sent out they never returned.If anyone knows the names of the crew please let me know. I was in country from may 1966 til may 1967. I loved the personnel as wE all helped make the 282nd a great co. A salute to all my brothers
I have some sad news to report to our 282nd AHC Family. One of our great members, Bill Farress (Gunner 1st Platoon '69) passed away Sunday December 1, 2019. His obituary can be read on the Miller Funeral Home (Rochester, NY) website. His funeral will be December 11, 2019 at 10:30am. His wife, Ann, asks that every Black Cat/Alley Cat please sign up on the Agent Orange Registry and keep fighting for your benefits. Our sympathy to Ann and her family.
I wish to thank all my Brothers of the 282nd AHC and all the men and women who served a Happy Veteran's Day.
This Memorial Day, as on past Memorial Days, I am sure you have heard Happy Memorial Day. You may have wished someone Happy Memorial Day, I know I have, BUT Memorial Day is more than a day to celebrate a day off from work. More than a day to grill hot dogs and hamburgers and have a cold beverage. It is much more than retailers having a big sale. Memorial Day is the day to remember and honor the men and women who sacrificed their all for our country. It also the day to remember and say a prayer to the families of our fallen veterans. They have had to continue living without their loved ones, be it a family member or a friend. Memorial Day I will remember and honor my 24 Brothers of the 282nd AHC who gave their all for our country.
George Robert Browning Roy James Bultman George Dare Carr
Eugene Francis Christiansen Dwight D. Dedrick Jose Manuel De La Torre
Leonard Eugene Easley Jerry Williams Elliott Arthur Anthony Freda, Jr.
William George Hasseman Billy David Hill William Charles Keeler
Harry Grover Kunkler, 111 Lewis Nelson Langford Gerald Leroy McKinsey, Jr.
Robert Charles O'Hara David Eugene Padgett John David Phillips
Joseph Albert Reichlin, Jr. Joseph Earl Rohlinger Clifford James Rush
Gary Charles Salanitro Robert Garland Simes, Jr. Charles Irvin Stanley
Rest In Peace Brothers
If someone wishes you a Happy Memorial Day, instead of repeating the words back, how about saying, "Let's remember and honor the men and women who gave their all".