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DARRELL HOGAN


is honored on Panel 2W, Line 56 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/22/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SSGT Darrell Hogan, 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
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  • Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16604

    Posted on 12/12/12 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org

    October 30, 1971 1LT Rip Parks (OH-6Scout) and I (CobraAir Mission Commander) replaced CAPT Ford (CobraAir Mission Commander) on station at about 10:00AM, 2-3 kilometers south of fire support base Mace. According to CAPT Ford’s briefing, we had U.S. Army infantry and NVA regulars in heavy contact. His scout aircraft had taken fire and was shot down. At the time we took over CAPT Ford’s mission, the fate of W01 Kenneth M. Berblinger, affectionately called Bubbles, the pilot of the downed scout aircraft, and his door gunner PFC Robert F. Quandt was unknown. However, friendly ground troops were in route to make contact with any survivors at the crash site. No definitive skirmish line existed. It was a favorite trick of the NVA to get as close to the U.S. ground forces as possible during an engagement to preclude superior U.S. firepower from being used against them without causing friendly casualties as well. After Rip and I had received our briefing and CAPT Ford’ subsequent departure, I attempted to contact the ground commander so that he could continue directing fire support. However, I was unable to contact him via FM radio. Rip could hear the ground commander just fine, but I was having trouble. After a short discussion Rip and I decided that the best way to continue the mission was for Rip to begin a dialogue with the ground commander and, with Rip’s direction, I would start laying down suppressing fire from the Cobra. Rip let down from altitude and began his discussion with the ground commander from tree top level so that he could better determine where the good guys and bad guys were. I remember Rip telling me later that he flew over the same spot twice and that was a mistake. Seconds later about 30-40 rounds tore through his cockpit and wounded his door gunner. I can remember Rip’s words still today, all standard military communications protocol gone. He just keyed his mike and said 'Oh God, Bob, he’s really hurt bad.' Probably every emergency light in Rips control panel was on. I gave him directions to the closest landing zone outside the immediate conflict area. Rip was successful in flying his badly damaged aircraft to the landing zone and setting it down. Almost immediately, a command and control (C&C) aircraft landed to pick up the door gunner and take him to 24th Evac. Unfortunately, the door gunner was not as lucky as Rip. He died later from head wounds received from the ground fire. Once the C&C aircraft departed, Rip checked out his aircraft as well as he could and then began the tedious job of hovering it to fire support base Mace for a replacement. Rip and I returned to that area two more times that day to witness the U.S. ground troops finding the OH-6 crash site and the dead crew (WO1 Berblinger, PFC Quandt, SSG Darrell Hogan, and PFC Donald Charles Tallman). Two more times Rip let down into the trees and again he was met with intense ground fire. Each time he received 30-40 rounds through the cockpit and ended up hovering back to fire support base Mace. In total Rip was shot down three times that day. Had the Troop maintenance officer not refused to give him another aircraft, I believe he would have gone back a fourth time. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. (From Robert E. Stein) [Taken from vhpa.org]

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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/5/11 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Darrell is buried at Poplar Springs Church Cemetery, Edmonson County,KY. BSM-2OLC AM-10 OLC PH-OLC
  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 10/30/06 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you , one of the gentle heroes and patriots lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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  • Hogan

    Posted on 3/4/05 - by 1st Lt Tom Hoover thoover@central. unicor.gov
    His third tour was his last. He was my "White Mike" I was his "White". I always felt I was a better leader when Hogan was by my side in the jungle, in Quang Tri, Hue, Bong Son, Camp Evans, at night on patrol. A true patriot "going to San Francisco? wear some flowers in your hair!!
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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.

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