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PAUL JOSEPH MARQUEZ


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 79 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Helicopter Crash

    Posted on 1/8/19 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Veteran, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    Jeremiah entered the Army on October 31, 1966, and he arrived in South Vietnam on the 13th of November, 1967, where he was assigned as a pilot to the 189th Assault Helicopter Company (Ghost Riders) based at Camp Holloway near Pleiku.

    A month after arriving at the 189th, WO Mc Garry was on a “cake-run”. No shots being fired, no battle being waged, he just needed to deliver some chain-saws. He was hovering over a mountain peak in western Kontum Province, as some of the men on board were lowering the saws to infantrymen on the ground below. The peak below was covered with trees that reached a height of 120 feet, and the troops below (members of Delta Company, 3rd of the 8th), were in sore need of resupply. But first, they needed the saws to clear a space for helicopters to land. Their Battalion Commander and their Command Sergeant Major were onboard the helicopter, and the Colonel had borrowed the door gunner’s intercom to guide the pilot over the best place to lower the saws through the trees. The starboard door gunner, who would normally watch the tail rotor for sufficient clearances in similar situations, did not have his intercom. This, combined with tricky winds over the mountain peak, trees too tall, ropes too short, and a desire to make an extra effort for the men on the ground, resulted in the tail rotor of the aircraft striking a tree and causing a terrible accident in which four good men died, on the 20th of December, 1967, in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam.

    WO McGarry's awards include the Army Aviator Badge, the Air Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the RVN Campaign Service Medal.
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  • Burial Site

    Posted on 1/8/19 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Veteran, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    Jeremiah McGarry is buried in the Saint Michaels Cemetery, Bayport, Washington County, Minnesota. Plot: Block 108 Addition, Lot A, Grave 6
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/12/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Warrant Officer Jeremiah D. McGarry, Served with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade.
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  • Jerry was writing a book

    Posted on 2/17/14 - by Tom Tesmar Crusader 23
    Jerry McGarry and I swore our oaths together and left for basic training and flight school together. On day one Jerry started writing his memoirs for a book. Sadly, he never completed it. In order to honor him and several other friends I had flying in Vietnam, I did write a book to tell the stories that they never had a chance to tell. The book is Crusader 23 www.blurb.com
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  • Photo Remembrance of Jeremiah D. McGarry

    Posted on 1/5/14 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    Photo was taken from the historic book “THE FACES BEHIND THE NAMES - The Vietnam War” with the permission of author Don Ward. Thank you Mr. Ward.

    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 Jeremiah.
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