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is honored on Panel 21E, Line 81 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • High school dance

    Posted on 5/31/17 - by Judy Thorndyke
    Just correcting email address
  • High School

    Posted on 5/31/17 - by Judy Thorndyke
    I was not th most popular in high school. Craig was. I asked him for a dance and he accepted. It was the highlight of my high school social life. I am so sorry his life was cut short. I think he would have done great things.
  • Proud of Your Service

    Posted on 5/29/17 - by Mike Woods
    I wish to offer my heartfelt condolences to family and friends of Craig. He was always a caring and admired friend.
  • Final Mission of SP4 Craig R. Schoenbaum

    Posted on 3/18/17 - by
    On June 9, 1967, a USAF C-130B Hercules (#58-0737) from the 29th Troop Carrier Squadron, crashed approximately 12 miles east of Tan Son Nhut, RVN. The C-130B, with ten persons aboard, was conducting a series of scheduled logistics flights within South Vietnam. The last leg of the trip was from Nha Trang to Saigon. As the aircraft neared Saigon it was vectored around an artillery firing zone. The aircraft broke up in flight, with both wings separating from the fuselage, and crashed. It was assumed that the structural failure resulted from ground fire. There were no survivors. The lost crew included pilot CAPT Rafael L. Rivera-Balaguer, co-pilot CAPT Jerome F. Starkweather, navigator CAPT Richard W. Podell, loadmaster SSGT Ricky L. Herndon, and flight engineers SSGT Ira E. Scott and SSGT William E. Tyree. Its passengers (all U.S. Army) were 1LT Richard A. Gray, SP5 Frank R. Ragusa, SP4 Craig R. Schoenbaum, and SP5 Andrew H. Shimp. [Taken from and]
  • Remembering Craig

    Posted on 1/24/16 - by
    I have never written about Craig. He was in A.I.T with me in 1966 at Fort Lee Virginia. Craig, George, myself and one other fella whose name I cannot remember took a bus ride to Richmond to look around. We arrived rather late and happened across a burger joint that had a small band playing in the parking lot. Knowing that Craig was a drummer I asked if Craig could sit in. They gladly obliged. He did a superior job and received accolades and applause from the small crowd that had gathered. I remember he said had played at the cinnamon cinder. He was the nicest gentleman. On the way back to Fort Lee an incident occurred on the bus. It seems an intoxicated G.I. got very irritated and put a knife to Craigs throat. I informed the driver of the situation. As we pulled up to the M.P. stop the purpose was arrested. I lost contact with Craig. Later hearing about his death. A song by "Stattler Brothers" I heard recently reminded me of him. "More than a name on a wall." Great guy. I later became a Deputy Sheriff for Los Angeles County and did four years patrol in Temple City. I saw on another entry he attended school at some time there.
    Richard Love Sp4 U.S. Army 32nd med depot Cam Ran Bay
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