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  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/17/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Joseph Baczalski, sir

    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

    Curt Carter
  • Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-12906

    Posted on 9/30/12 - by

    Crew members included CAPT Sylvan K. Bradley (KIA), 1LT Lloyd S. Smith (KIA), PFC Joseph Baczalski (KIA), and PFC Alfred Carmichael Jr. (KIA). There are two accounts: First account – (U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-12) 906 went down in the Iron Triangle on November 10, 1966 while I was in processing into Camp Alpha, at Di An. Here is my account from the story I heard: while in for P.E, main rotor TT straps were twisted. After FTF and gun check, aircraft was descending into a gun run from 1500 feet. The main rotor disengaged from the mast causing the helicopter to crash and burn. One main rotor blade was found approximately 1000 meters from the crash site. In January or February 1967, after much recon and planning, Maintenance Officer MAJ Merrill, CWO Jerry Dixon, Maintenance SGT Bill Munsterman, CE Richard Mitchell and a CE in training me, Balfour, landed at the engineered prepared LZ and walked approximately 25-50 meters to the crash site. The area was secured by grunts and the Graves Registration team was there. All guns were scattered and burned with ammo. The site had not been found by the VC or the NVA, to best of my knowledge. The Graves Registration people were picking up bones and personal junk. The JanFeb time frame is approximate. It's been over 30 years and I am old and sterile, I mean senile. Submitted by SP4 Tommy Balfour, September 1997. Second account - This is Ken Hodges, former Clown 2 and Dark Horse 7 of the 14 Cav, 1966-1967. I am going to try some 35 year old memory cells. This is the way I remember losing CAPT Sylvan (I remember him as Keith) Bradley. Earlier on November 10, 1966 we were flying out of Quan Loi, up by An Loch, doing, I think villages seals. About mid-day we moved our operation from there to Tay Ninh. We had the whole Troop out: scouts, slicks and guns. There was very little talk on the radio enroute that day. When we landed, CAPT Bradley was not with us. Whatever got them (no one knows for sure), happened so quick they didn't even get off a radio call. We went back and looked for them and found a hole in the trees and decided that was the crash site. It was impossible to get an aircraft close enough and too far to send in the ARP's from the nearest clearing. It was in no man's land! Later that evening, CAPT Gary Beech volunteered for a very dangerous mission. I have a lot of respect for Gary (he was the Clown Platoon leader). Gary took 4 LRRP's back to the crash site, repelled them in to look for survivors. I think CAPT Bob Pasour, LRRP platoon leader, also volunteered along with 3 others to go on the ground and check things out. They found the aircraft and all on board were lost. Then Gary had to pull the LRRP's out on ropes and fly a considerable distance to find a clearing big enough to land and put them back on the aircraft. I think the co-pilot was a LT Smith, sorry, don't remember his first name. Don't know names of the rest of the crew. Like I said, that's the way I remember it. Maybe someone else can also remember and between a bunch of us piece the story back together again. As far as the tail number, if you are in touch with CAPT Danny Rosentahl (Rosie), Bradley was flying his wing. I know that Rosie remembers what happened. I don't think anyone that lost his wing in combat would ever forget the details to include the tail number. Submitted by Ken Hodges. [Taken from]

  • Photograph of Joseph Baczalski

    Posted on 1/4/12 - by Joseph and Kathleen Schimmelpfennig
    'Joseph Baczalski was born in March, 1944 to Polish immigrants. He grew up in the small mill town of Wauregan, Connecticut and remained their only child.

    Joe attended the Central Village grammar school and then went on to technical school to study drafting. He was an extremely intelligent young man and could have been a great asset to his country and our society. Unfortunately, he made to most extreme contribution by losing his young life in fighting the war in Vietnam for the U.S. Army. Being an only child and an only son, he did not have to go into active service, however, being Joe, felt it his duty to go.

    Joe was the only person from Wauregan to be killed in the conflict, but there were many who served and remember what the war was like and what their return home was like.

    Unfortunately, the world lost a young man of many talents. His loss and all those other lives lost continue, to this day, to be felt by many.

    Thank you so much for keeping their memories alive. It means a great deal to our generation.'
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/30/10 - by Robert Sage
    Joe is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Danielson,CT.
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