Final Mission of SP4 William A. MalenfantPosted on 9/19/16 - by email@example.comOn January 15, 1971, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-15572) from the 326th Medical Battalion crashed after being hit with RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) fire while conducting a hoist extraction south of Phu Bai near Firebase Rifle in Thua Thien Province, RVN. The aircraft was hovering over the jungle with a cable extended through the trees toward a waiting patient when they were hit by the enemy RPG. The crew chief, SP5 Daniel F. Cox, and another crewman, SP4 William A. Malenfant, were fatally injured in the incident. The aircraft commander, co-pilot, and a medic aboard survived. [Taken from vhpa.org, vvmf.org, and armyaircrews.com]MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/23/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear SGT William Arthur Malenfant, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
KnewPosted on 11/3/13Malenfant and I lived in the same hootch at camp Eagle 'Vietnam. Though I never crewed with him we played a lot of cards. I remember that he had a great sterio set up by his bunk. He was a great soldier and is now with his brothers.MORE
Never ForgottenPosted on 2/24/12 MORE
He died a heroPosted on 1/17/10 - by Jerry Rodgers Jerry.D.Rodgers@us.army.mil
SGT Malenfant was a seasoned crew chief in "Eagle Dustoff," the air ambulance platoon of the 326th Medical Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. He was one of the best crew chiefs, very mature, and always willing to take the tough missions and show the new guys how to do the job. He had a great sense of humor and was a lot of fun to work with. On 15 January 1971 we scrambled on an urgent mission with the supported unit currently under fire. We were hovering over the jungle with a cable extended through the trees toward the waiting patient when we were hit with an enemy Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG). He died a hero along with his apprentice crew chief SPC Daniel Cox.
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