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(SP4) LOUIE GOOCH MONTOYA (1949 - 1971)



SP4 - E4 - Army - Regular
192nd AHC, 1st AVN BDE
His tour began on Sep 14, 1970
Casualty was on Jun 10, 1971
In PLEIKU, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
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SP4 Louie Gooch Montoya was born on July 29, 1949. He was married and lived in Covina, CA, at the time of his death on June 10, 1971. He was killed at 21 years of age near Pleiku, Vietnam when the helicopter he was a crewmember on was shot down. He is buried in Oakdale Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendora, California Space # 10-98 in the Maple Section. He served at a Tiger Shark with the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company.


SP5 JOHNNY ARTHUR (1949 - 1971)



SP5 - E5 - Army - Regular
192nd AHC, 1st AVN BDE
His tour began on Sep 4, 1970
Casualty was on Jun 10, 1971
In PLEIKU, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
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SP5 Johnny Arthur, a Native American, was born on September 6, 1949. He was married and lived in Fruitland, NM, at the time of his death on June 10, 1971. He was killed at 21 years of age near Pleiku, Vietnam when the helicopter he was a crewmember on was shot down. He served as a Tiger Shark with the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company.


Crew Chief Johnny Arthur & Door Gunner Louie Gooch Montoya

Photo Courtesy of CPT Robert E. "Bobby" Goolsby

"My Crew Chief & Door Gunner - Spc Johnny Arthur & Spc Louie Gooch Montoya (two of the best soldiers I served with in the Army). They were both killed when we were shot down North of Buon Me Thout on June 10, 1971. I was lucky, I got a free ride home and a 4 month stay in Martin Army Hospital." Robert E. Goolsby


(SP5) THOMAS JOHN BRENNAN (1947 - 1968)



SP5 - E5 - Army - Regular
192nd AHC, 1st AVN BDE
His tour began on Oct 10, 1967
Casualty was on Jun 18, 1968
In LAM DONG PROVINCE, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
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SP5 Thomas John Brennan was born on August 16, 1947. He lived in Melrose, MA, at the time of his death on June 18, 1968. He was killed at 20 years of age in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam when the helicopter he was a crewmember on experienced an engine failure and crashed. At the time of his death, he was serving as the Crew Chief of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D, tail number 66-16347, with the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company.


AFTER ACTION


(1LT) Robert John Lobodzinski "Lobo" (1942 - 2008)
192nd Assault Helicopter Company, Jun71-Dec71
57th Assault Helicopter Company, Dec71-Mar72




Bob "Lobo" Lobodzinski, a loving husband and father, passed away suddenly Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, from an acute illness. Bob was born Jan. 5, 1942, in Bay City, Mich. A soldier until the end, he fought with strength, dignity and courage. He was a retired U.S. Army captain and decorated aviator, who served his country proudly for over 20 years. Two tours of duty were in Vietnam. Bob was the general manager of Midwest/Power Steer in Dallas where he worked for more than 15 years. He was a charming, handsome gentleman who loved the outdoors, his ranch in Red Oak, and spending time with his friends and family. Lobo was very much loved and will be forever missed. Survivors: Wife, Sarah Jane; son, Mark Lobodzinski; daughter, Cheryl Edwardsen; grandchildren, Cade, Katie and James, all of Mansfield; brother, Jerry Lobodzinski and wife, JoAnn; sister, Mary Ann Symborski and husband, Floyd, of Bay City, Mich.; and "other" son and friend, Bart Moody.



(WO1) Richard Paul Claeys "Stache" (1946 - 1982)

192nd Assault Helicopter Company, 1971



Died after his tour in Vietnam on 08/02/1982
Age of 35
Overcome by paint and solvent fumes at a GM manufacturing plant.
Grand Ledge, MI
Flight Class 70-43
Date of Birth 10/02/1946

Mr. Claeys worked at a GM plant where they painted the cars and he and one other person were cleaning out an area where the paint/chemicals accumulated. There was a fan that was supposed to turn on to clear out the chemicals and make breathing possible, however as the two of them went down there it did not come on and they both died.

"Richard liked working on cars. He especially liked Camaros and Corvettes and spent a lot of time at a place called Vette Customs. (We called it his second home.) Dick and I were married on 8/28/1980. We lived in his house in Grand Ledge, MI. Our first son, Nicholas, was born on 3/13/1982. Our second son, Richard, was born on 3/13/1983 after Dick's death. Dick was really good with kids and we joked around about having a dozen kids of our own. Unfortunately, Dick did not have a lot of time to spend with sons and his sons never got the chance to know their father. Our oldest son, Nick, is 27 now and in the Marines. He is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Our second son, Richard, is 26 now. He lives in Plymouth, MI, is currently working two jobs, (National City Bank and Best Buy) and is getting married in September." Janis Claeys


(WO1) Edward J. Chesnes "Eddy" (1944 - 2009)
192nd Assault Helicopter Company, ??-Dec71



Edward “Eddy” J. Chesnes, 64, a native of Eastlake, left to be with our Father in Heaven on June 6, 2009. He was born Oct 7, 1944 in Cleveland

Memorial Service: 12PM Thursday June 11, 2009 officiated by Pastor Ken Sowers
Location: Prince of Peace Mission Church, 7193 Reynolds Rd (Rt. 306) in Mentor

Membership/Affiliations: He was a Army Vietnam Veteran as a chief warrant officer. He belonged to the VFW in Eastlake

SURVIVORS: Daughters: Dee Pizzi (nee Chesnes), SFC Colleen Chesnes U.S. Army Reserve of Gloucester, VA; Grandchildren: Philip (U.S. Navy), Paul, Selina, Mia;Siblings: Robert ”Bob” Chesnes, Richard Chesnes, Elaine (Eddy) Judd (nee Chesnes), Terri (David)Clarke (nee Chesnes) of North Carolina,

Deceased Family: Parents: John and Emily Chesnes
Brother: John Chesnes

Contributions: The Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky


(PFC) Donald E. Frazier "Animal" (1950 - 2007)
192nd Assault Helicopter Company, Aug71-Feb72
576th Ordnance Company Feb72-May72



Donald E. Frazier, 56, passed away on Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, in Floresville, Texas.

He was born on Dec. 3, 1950, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to Earl and Donna Miller Frazier.

Donald was a retired Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant first class. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Sacred Heart Church Men’s Club, the Acts Community of Sacred Heart, and the Alamo Council Metal Detectors Club.

His parents preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Frazier of Floresville; daughters Shannon Schneider and husband Paul of Pleasanton, Brandy Cervantes and husband Candelario of San Antonio, and Leann Ashley of Santa Maria, Calif.; sisters Mary Kyle and husband Gale and Lillian Doty and husband Forrest, all of San Luis Obispo; 14 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary was recited on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Franklin Funeral Home Chapel in Floresville.

A Mass was celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Floresville with the Rev. Stefan Wiera as celebrant.

Entombment followed in the Sacred Heart Cemetery Mausoleum, Floresville, Wilson County, Texas, with full military honors.

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