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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 6/20/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Chief Warrant Officer Gary Robert Weatherhead, Served with the 235th Aviation Company, 307th Aviation Battalion, 164th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army Vietnam.
  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 1/12/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Gary Robert Weatherhead
    Date of birth: June 20, 1936
    Date of death: January 13, 1969
    Home of record: Swartz Creek Michigan
    Status: KIA


    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Chief Warrant Officer (W-2) Gary Robert Weatherhead (ASN: W-3200560), United States Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force while serving with the 235th Aerial Weapons Company, 1st Aviation Brigade, in the Republic of Vietnam on 13 January 1969. Chief Warrant Officer Weatherhead distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions when Can Tho Army Airfield came under an intense and concentrated enemy attack. It became evident that only swift and positive action by gunships would save the airfield from being overrun by the enemy forces. Chief Warrant Officer Weatherhead took one other officer and three enlisted crew chiefs and made a dash for his gunship in order to get airborne and counterattack the enemy. When he came under intense fire form an enemy automatic weapons position, he kept running for his aircraft. About one-third of the way to his aircraft, he came upon three armed enemy who immediately came toward him. Realizing the grave danger he and the other men with him were in, he shouted for the other two men to take cover and charged the three enemy soldiers with hopes of overpowering them. As he neared the three however, one raised an automatic rifle and mortally wounded him. Chief Warrant Officer Weatherhead's timely warning, coupled with his extreme bravery saved the lives of his fellow soldiers. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
    General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 1048 (March 4, 1969)

    Action Date: January 13, 1969

    Service: Army

    Rank: Chief Warrant Officer

    Company: 235th Aerial Weapons Company

    Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/23/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CWO Gary Robert Weatherhead, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/15/10 - by R
    Gary is buried at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Flint, MI. SS DFC AM/15 OLC PH/OLC
  • Gary was a good friend and warrior

    Posted on 2/26/06 - by Bill Frederic, Viper 39
    I met Gary in the 235th Attack Helicopter Company in 1968. He flew as my wingman most of the time and we had a great bond. He was fearless and a good aviator. We accumulated a lot of holes in our aircraft, but the only wounds received flying was when Gary was hit with a nut shot from some blunderbus. It came through the side of the Cobra and lodged in his nuckles. He refused a purple heart on that one and we all got a good laugh out of it. Then Johnson stopped the bombing and real bullets made it down to the Delta. Gary was with me the night he was killed, on the ground running to his helicopter. Three of us ran past the NVA sappers, but Gary was the last and didn't make it.
    I visit with Gary at the wall in D.C. on each visit. He died as a warrior, which is what he loved most in life.
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