Remembering An American HeroPosted on 5/18/16 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear CWO Gregory George Beck, 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, Sir
Final Mission of CW2 Gregory G. BeckPosted on 4/3/15 - by email@example.comOn May 18, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G (tail number 67-15778) from B Company, 4th Aviation Battalion, 4th Infantry Division was attempting to silence a 122 mm rocket attack on Camp Enari, the second night attack in a row. CW2 Gregory G. Beck with an enlisted man in the front seat, crew chief SP5 James T. Cofer, scrambled to suppress the attack. While assaulting the enemy position the weather turned bad and darkness fell. CW2 Beck ran the aircraft into Dragon Mountain while attempting to return to base at Camp Enari. Both crewmen suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The following is an account of the incident by Bill Roberts: Greg was my roommate. That night Greg was on standby flying his new Cobra. I was way down at the flight line helping my crew with a 100 hour inspection. The rockets and mortars started coming in and they were hitting way off on the north side of Camp Enari. The guns didn’t go out for a while and finally Greg took off. We watched him silence the enemy position out west of Camp Enari and listened to the whole thing on our radio. The ceiling was real low and we could hear him come around the traffic pattern, turning west on final. He went IFR. The last transmission we heard was he was switching over to Pleiku AFB for a GCA. We found out later, he had been assigned a brand new Peter Pilot. When the rockets started coming in, the Peter Pilot headed for the bunker rather than manning his ship. Greg tried to find him and finally put the crew chief in the front seat. When he went IFR he was pretty busy by himself and I believe the Cobra only had basic instruments at that time. He turned north toward Pleiku, thinking he was well East of Dragon Mountain. To my recollection, the Peter Pilot was immediately transferred to another unit. When I got in from flying the next day, all Greg’s belongings had been removed from our hootch. [Taken from vhpa.org]MORE
Wish I had met you Gregory G BeckPosted on 7/6/13 - by MichelleI just want to say I thank God every day that I met your son and wish that I had had the opportunity to meet you. Your son is a wonderful man and I love him and believe you would be so proud of who he has become.MORE
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We RememberPosted on 11/17/10 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgGreg is buried at The Good Shepherd Cemetery, Huntington Beach,CA. DFC BSM AM-35OLC ARCOM
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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