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is honored on Panel 5W, Line 89 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of PFC Johnny M. Tinney

    Posted on 2/4/17 - by
    PFC Johnny M. Tinney was an infantryman serving with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. On February 8, 1971, he was a passenger on a U.S. Army UH-1H helicopter (#66-16781) involved in a troop lift for a combat assault in Binh Thuy Province, RVN. Aircraft 781 was number three of five aircraft on the mission. These aircraft were going into the landing zone (LZ) single-ship, landing from west to east. The first two aircraft had completed their troop drop off and had departed the LZ, when a popping noise was heard. At this time both crew members unfastened their seat belts and looked toward the rear of the aircraft seeing smoke and some sparks coming from around the rear engine cowling. The tail rotor started slowing down at this time. The aircraft commander tried to regain translational lift by nosing the aircraft over to regain airspeed. The aircraft started turning to the right and did several 360-degree turns. At this time, the two crew members tried to refasten their seat belts but were unable to due to the turning of the aircraft. The aircraft commander moved the aircraft away from the LZ to over the trees because of the troops on the ground around the LZ. The aircraft commander initiated an autorotation into the trees, entering the trees in a tail-low attitude. As the aircraft settled into the trees, the tail boom struck a tree approximately 80 feet above the ground and became lodged there. The fuselage then broke away and fell to the ground spinning, landing upright at the base of the same tree the tail boom was lodged in. The aircraft impacted the ground on the lower right side and in a pitch-level attitude. It was believed by the survivors on the aircraft that PFC Tinney was fatally injured when he was struck by a tree limb as the aircraft fell to the ground. The crew members of the aircraft helped evacuate the other injured passengers after impact. The injured personnel were medivacked to FSB Mace for first aid, then to the 93rd Evacuation Hospital at Long Binh. The aircraft was a total loss. Tinney was posthumously promoted to corporal. [Taken from and]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/16/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CPL Johnny Mack Tinney, sir

    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

    Curt Carter
  • An American Soldier....with a proud Irish name!

    Posted on 4/12/10 - by Mary Kuberek Beerman
    You can bet that I stand ready when the wolf growls at the door,

    Hey, I'm solid, I'm steady, I'm true down to the core,

    And I will always do my duty, no matter what the price,

    I've counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice,

    And I don't want to die for you,

    But if dying's asked of me,

    I'll bear that cross with honor,

    'Cause freedom don't come free.

    I'm an American Soldier, an American,

    Beside my Brothers and my Sisters I will proudly take a stand.

    When liberty's in jeopardy I'll always do what's right.

    I'm out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight.

    I'm an American Soldier.

    Job well done, Soldier.

    Rest in Peace, dear Hero.

    (borrowed from Toby Keith's song)
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 10/26/05 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heros you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

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