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DAVID A KREITZER


is honored on Panel 31E, Line 24 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Air Loss Over Land

    Posted on 5/3/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On November 22, 1967, a U.S. Army DeHavilland U-1A Otter (#57-6119) fixed-wing aircraft from the 54th Aviation Company crashed and burned on takeoff from runway east at Long Binh Army Airfield in Bien Hoa Province, RVN. The accident occurred as the Otter was leaving the airstrip when it hit a cable that was strung on a crane next to the runway. The pilot lost control of the plane and crashed. Personnel nearby heard the crash and came running, but the would-be rescuers had trouble approaching the wreck as it was totally engulfed. A total of nine U.S. personnel would die as a result of this accident. SP4 Thomas B. Allen, the crew chief on the flight, died in the crash along with passengers PVT Sheldon D. Bowler, PFC Marshall F. Freng, PFC Steven P. Morse, and PVT Allyson Y. Sasaki. Two other passengers, SP4 Woodrow D. Adler, a courier for Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 222nd Aviation Battalion, and PFC David L. Tasker, died four days later from burns they suffered in the accident. Military records regarding this incident listed two persons as the pilot of the aircraft. One of them, CW2 David A. Kreitzer, is the probable pilot as he served with the 54th Aviation Company and reportedly flew U-1 Otters during his first tour of Vietnam. Kreitzer succumbed on December 2, 1967, to burn injuries he suffered in the crash. The second pilot listed, MAJ Larry G. Powell, was a rotary wing (helicopter) pilot from the 45th Medical Company. Powell reportedly died after being evacuated to the U.S. Military burn unit at the 106th General Hospital in Yokohama, Japan. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vvmf.org, and thewall-usa.com, and information provided by Don Yaxley (May 2018)]
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  • He was a true friend

    Posted on 10/26/16 - by Rick Keller
    David and I grew up together in NH. We played together in elementary school and remained friends through high school and until his death. He loved the outdoors - we spent many weekends camping, "plinking" with our 22's, building a log shelter in the woods. We once were hassled by the police because we came in from a camping trip to go to a Laconia High School football game, and we both were carrying hunting knives on our belts. David convinced them that it was an honest oversight.
    He loved the poetry of Robert Frost. He was kind, even-tempered, fun-loving, and his word was his bond. All these years later I still miss one of the best friends I have ever had.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/5/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear CWO David A Kreitzer, 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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  • He told his Mom that he was a cook.

    Posted on 11/12/10 - by Rob Rankin rob_rankin@hotmail.com
    I was best friends with David's younger brother. David worked for my parents business after high school until he joined the Army.I was at his house when the green Ford pulled up. He had told his mother that he was a cook, so she wouldn't worry.
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/22/09 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    David is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Gilford, NH. AM/3 OLC
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The Wall of Faces

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