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DONALD ROLAND WARD

  • Wall Name:DONALD R WARD
  • Date of Birth:6/8/1943
  • Date of Casualty:9/6/1967
  • Home of Record:SILVER SPRING
  • County of Record:MONTGOMERY COUNTY
  • State:MD
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line:26E, 19
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

ROBERT GLENN WILLOW

  • Wall Name:ROBERT G WILLOW
  • Date of Birth:12/7/1948
  • Date of Casualty:9/6/1967
  • Home of Record:JOHNSONBURG
  • County of Record:ELK COUNTY
  • State:PA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:26E, 21
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN

PRYOR L WHEAT


is honored on Panel 26E, Line 20 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering a friend fellow Ouachita Tiger

    Posted on 9/30/14 - by Dennis "Corky" Wilkins
    Pledged Rho Sigma (Red Shirts) with Pryor. He baby sat our first daughter and loved it. He was a good friend. Have thought about him often over the last nearly 50 years.
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  • Remembering A great guy and good officer

    Posted on 10/12/13
    I served with Pryor for a short time at Fort Carson Colorado.I was an Exec. Officer of an AIT company and he was a platoon leader.I am not sure he didn't take over my job when I left for Vietnam a few months after he arrived.It was difficult not to like Pryor.He always maintained a positive attitude and had a great sense of humor.His loss was a great loss to humanity.God bless you Pryor and God bless your family.
    Cpt. Ron Reed
    ctt5ron@yahoo.com
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/5/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT Pryor L Wheat, 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
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  • Always remembered

    Posted on 1/2/13 - by Michigan Call for Photos Project

    Lt. Wheat receiving his 2nd Lieutenant bars from his mother. Photo courtesy of George Baker.

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  • Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 64-14028

    Posted on 12/14/12 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org

    While on a rocket run, the tail rotor assembly and drive shaft separated from the aircraft causing it to enter a flat, descending spiral to the right. The aircraft crashed in trees and exploded. There was a post-crash explosion of rockets due to the heat of the post-crash fire. It is suspected that incorrect assembly was the cause of the in-flight shaft separation. Two crew members and three passengers were killed in this incident: pilot CAPT Winston T. Robinson and crew chief SP4 Paul L. Clark, and passengers SP4 J D Singleton, SP4 James V. Hembree, and 1LT Pryor L. Wheat. Personal account of this incident: I did write about an ARA bird that lost its tail rotor and crashed and burned in the An Khe area. They were supporting us (B Troop 19 Cav) on an insertion. Typically our CO Saber Six would lead the assault followed by a pair of ARA high birds, followed by the Blue Lift Section (Huey slicks with our organic infantry platoon), accompanied with a gun team. On this insertion, Six marked the LZ with a pair of rockets which was the signal for the ARA to prep the LZ using their 48 pairs of rockets each. The ARA on the right of the formation began firing and then began a flat turn to the right in a nose low attitude. He continued to punch off a couple of pairs of rockets. I saw his tail rotor wind milling, and he looked as if he entered autorotation (i.e. rolled the throttle off to reduce the torque, and bottomed the collective to reduce the main rotor's pitch). He descended straight down in a flat attitude and hit the trees and then bounced back up and then down. (Reported by John Flanagan, Saber Blue 37, B Troop 19 Cav) Note - It is believed that three men were killed on the ground trying to help the crew get out of the helicopter when the burning helicopter exploded. [Taken from vhpa.org]

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