Final Mission of WO1 Roy G. AzbillPosted on 11/30/15 - by email@example.comOn December 30, 1964, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B (tail number 63-08654) from the 68th Aviation Company (Armed Helicopter) was shot down at Binh Gia with the loss of all crew members aboard. After being hit by ground fire, witnesses watched as they began to trail smoke, then flames from a fuel cell fire. Then, as the tail boom drooped and separated from the aircraft, the nose dropped and the rotor disc then tilted back, an apparent attempt by the pilot to keep the nose from dropping. The pilot was unable to overcome the nose tucking condition caused by the tail boom loss, and they crashed, not quite fully inverted, into the rubber trees, just off the S.E. corner of the village (of Binh Gia. The lost crew members included aircraft commander WO1 Roy G. Azbill, pilot WO1 Stephen E. Morgan, crew chief SGT Franklin D. Morgan, and gunner PFC Theodore A. Winowitch. An unnamed passenger also perished in the crash. Note: John W. Vandeven Jr. was the regular crew chief on this aircraft but did not fly that day.MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 10/16/13 - by Curt CarterDear WO Roy Gordon Azbill, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Never ForgottenPosted on 12/31/10 MORE
Silver Star CitationPosted on 12/30/09 - by A Marine
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Warrant Officer Roy Gordon Azbill (ASN: W-3151203), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations in the Republic of Vietnam, on 30 December 1964. As a Pilot of an Army aircraft, Warrant Officer Azbill was participating in a reconnaissance and support mission to provide aerial cover for a Vietnamese unit which had sustained heavy casualties on the previous day in a battle with the Viet Cong, near Binh Gia. Although he was wounded early in the day when his helicopter was hit by enemy small arms and .50 caliber machine gun fire, Warrant Officer Azbill engaged the enemy until the ammunition was expended. After his departure to return, refuel, and get two replacement crew members for his aircraft, he voluntarily returned to the battle zone and continued to detect and strike enemy positions throughout the afternoon. At dusk, when his aircraft became the prime target of the Viet Cong gunfire, he demonstrated fortitude, perseverance, and professional skill by retaliating with the utmost effectiveness until his ship crashed after being struck by enemy gunfire, taking the lives of all aboard. Throughout the seven hours in which he participated in the defense effort, he inspired other aviators in the air and the troops on the ground by his indomitable courage and devotion to duty. Warrant Officer Azbill's conspicuous gallantry is in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military services.
Rank: Warrant Officer 1
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 15 (April 28, 1965)
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 4/25/06 - by Bob RossDo not stand at my grave and weep.MORE
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye – 1932
NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYERPosted on 7/7/04 - by Chris Spencer firstname.lastname@example.orgIt is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not dieMORE
We RememberPosted on 6/30/04 - by Robert Sage email@example.comRoy is buried at Golden Gate Nat Cem.
"Good old Buddy"Posted on 11/5/99 - by Jeff LeeHe was a good man, who everyone could get along with. I will always remeber him as my "good old buddy" who never gave up. I know he will always have a special place in my heart and everyday I trying to forget our hardships and cherish the goodtimesMORE
-His best buddy Jeff
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.