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EDWARD KENNETH DUEL

  • Wall Name:EDWARD K DUEL
  • Date of Birth:10/3/1948
  • Date of Casualty:10/21/1968
  • Home of Record:HAMDEN
  • County of Record:NEW HAVEN COUNTY
  • State:CT
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:40W, 11
  • Casualty Province:THUA THIEN

LUTHER ANDERSON GHAHATE

  • Wall Name:LUTHER A GHAHATE
  • Date of Birth:9/2/1946
  • Date of Casualty:10/21/1968
  • Home of Record:ZUNI
  • County of Record:MCKINLEY COUNTY
  • State:NM
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:40W, 12
  • Casualty Province:DARLAC

DICKIE WAINE FINLEY


is honored on Panel 40W, Line 11 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 5/4/17 - by Jerry E Buecher Redleg1987@yahoo.com
    I have been carrying you around my wrist for years. I think of you on all the holidays and Memorial Day. You will not be forgotten! After all these years, I finally saw your picture. Rest easy, brother.
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  • Final Mission of PFC Dickie W. Finley

    Posted on 9/6/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    PFC Dickie W. Finley and SP4 Luther A. Ghahate were members of E Company, 58th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. On October 21, 1968, PFC Finley was the team leader of a 5-man Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) team operating in the vicinity of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, South Vietnam. The unit was based at Kontum in South Vietnam. During the evening, PFC Finley reported enemy contact and after expending their ammunition, the team withdrew to a pickup zone to await a helicopter. The enemy had previously given a false report on their position and marked their location with red smoke. Finley radioed again for a pickup. The extraction helicopter hovered over a shallow pond and began loading the team members. Finley threw his rifle onboard and was helping the three team members board the aircraft when it took off prematurely, leaving PFC Finley behind. SP4 Ghahate was clinging to the skids of the aircraft until he fell off. In the darkness, it was not immediately known that all the team members were not aboard. One team member looked out and saw a man hanging on the helicopter landing skid. He signaled the pilot, but when he looked again, the man was gone. The pilot circled the area in search of the two missing men. The search was terminated after 30 minutes because of darkness. The following day, a 3-day search was initiated by ground forces and helicopter units. The body of Ghahate was recovered. He had been wounded and it was believed that it was he who fell from the helicopter. No sign was found of Finley. Dickie W. Finley was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant during the period he was maintained Missing in Action. [Taken from powntework.org]
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  • EFFORTS MADE TO RESCUE YOU

    Posted on 5/12/15 - by DENNIS FUEHRING dmfuehring@gmail.com
    After meeting with the crew chief, MIchael, I rest much better knowing how much effort was put into rescuing you, with 5 choppers involved that night under extreme conditions by the VC. for whatever reason the chopper took off prematurely. They made the valiant effort to return under severe conditions again. 3 of your group of 5 even got off that chopper to look for you again. the 5th member Gahate was killed when the chopper took off the first time. My THANKS TO THOSE HEROS , ESPECIALLY THOSE ON THAT RESCUE CHOPPER.
    Under those conditions. I feel those involved went above and beyond expectations. every effort was made from my point of view. not that it make it easier for the family but as a NAM vet , we were all kids and the crew chief Michael had his 18th birthday the next day after missing your pickup not to take away from your MIA status but to confirm our youth in that war.
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  • SP/5 Michael Clough (Crew Chief) "A" Co 4th Aviation Battalion, 4th Infantry

    Posted on 11/21/14
    Dickie,

    I was with you the night you went missing along with Sp/4 Ghante (KIA). I was the Crew Chief of the Chopper who came to extract you and the LRRP TEAM. There's not a day that I have not been with you since that night!
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  • friend and fellow nam vet

    Posted on 10/20/14 - by Dennis Fuehring dmfuehring@gmail.com
    My friend,tomorrow is 46 year that you vanished from our lives. I still think of you every time I see" OLD Glory". When "she " 'is waving in the wind I feel like it is for those of us that were fortunate enough to return alive and when "she" is hanging low and mourning it is for you and all those who paid the ultimate price. I chose the flag as a remembrance symbol for you because I knew I would see it several times each day.
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