Final Mission of PFC Santiago V.E. QuintanaPosted on 3/3/15 - by email@example.comOn May 23, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-15392) from the 155th Assault Helicopter Company was called on to insert a 5th Special Forces team into Cambodia for a classified mission. The chopper was hit by ground fire and crashed near Highway 13 in Kracheh Province, some 75 miles into Cambodia. The crew chief aboard, SP5 Armando Ramirez, was trapped beneath the wreckage. The rest of the crew and passengers were pinned down by continuous heavy enemy fire and could not reach the wreckage to help or extract Ramirez. The gunner from the aircraft, PFC Santiago V.E. Quintana, and two members of the Special Forces team, SP4 Philip W. Strout and SGT Howard S. Hill, were mortally wounded in the fire fight that ensued. A rescue team of Vietnamese commanded by an American was inserted a short distance away from the trapped men, and arrived at the site just before dusk. There was still gunfire heard, but the men were no longer under direct fire. It was decided to evacuate the surviving crew and team members and the bodies of the dead. The helicopter could not be moved to extract Ramirez' body without heavy equipment, so the men were forced to leave him behind. Two days later, a search and recovery team arrived at the site to find that not only was there no sign of Ramirez, but also that a road had been cleared and the chopper was gone. [Taken from vhpa.org]MORE
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Not forgottenPosted on 5/23/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67Santiago, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting our freedoms.MORE
We RememberPosted on 1/17/05 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgSantiago is buried at Sante Fe Nat Cem.
Who Shall We SendPosted on 5/23/04 - by Dave Avery email@example.com"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."MORE
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YOUR STILL WITH ME !!Posted on 5/2/02 - by TONY QUINTANAYOU HAVE NEVER LEFT .
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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.