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BARNEY KAATZ


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 8 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • In honor for your service

    Posted on 11/9/17 - by Dan Williams
    Thank you for your many years of service to our country. As a former Air America employee and resident of the International Falls area I honor your memory and the service you gave four our country.
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  • Air Loss - Fixed Wing

    Posted on 6/13/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    MAJ Milton D. Britton served with the 1131st USAF Special Activities Squadron and SFC Barney Kaatz was assigned to Army Element, Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) Laos. On April 6, 1962, they were killed in a U-6A (L-20A) Beaver at Xieng Dat, Laos, with two Air America civilians while trying to take off in an overloaded aircraft on a hot day. The Air America pilot William H. Beale reportedly took little interest in flying the Beaver and paid little attention to the aircraft manufacturer’s manual, Beale preferring a “seat-of-the-pants” approach to flying the airplane. The Beaver carried a heavy load of fuel, two Army passengers (Britton and Kaatz), another Air America employee, George R. Varney, plus a 55-gallon drum of motor fuel that had been put on board. During the attempted takeoff Beale caught the wheels of the Beaver on the tree stumps at the end of the runway. The aircraft flipped over and exploded, killing all four aboard. Air America people went through the wreckage and came up with a theory about flap malfunction, but most blamed the accident on Beale’s attempt to take off with an overloaded aircraft on a hot afternoon. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and utdallas.edu]
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  • Photo remembrance of Barney Kaatz

    Posted on 6/14/14 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    Photo was provided by Herb Reckinger Jr. with the St. Paul Park, Minnesota Historical Society with the help of Diane and the Staff of the International Falls Library. Thank you Herb, Diane and the Staff of the International Falls Library!

    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Barney.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/15/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SFC Barney Kaatz, 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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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/15/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SFC Barney Kaatz, 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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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.