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  • Wall Name:JOHN F SHEA
  • Date of Birth:3/29/1943
  • Date of Casualty:3/9/1964
  • Home of Record:WILLIMANTIC
  • County of Record:WINDHAM COUNTY
  • State:CT
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row: 1E, 45
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


  • Date of Birth:11/13/1933
  • Date of Casualty:3/14/1964
  • Home of Record:ALBANY
  • County of Record:ALBANY COUNTY
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Row: 1E, 46
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


is honored on Panel 1E, Row 46 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Final Mission of SP5 Wyley Wright Jr.

    Posted on 7/14/16 - by
    On March 9, 1964, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B (tail number 62-01961) from the 114th Assault Helicopter Company crashed into the Mekong River in the vicinity of Sadec, Dong Thap Province, while on an escort mission for visiting VIP’s. The VIP’s included Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and General Maxwell Taylor. The crew chief SP5 Wyley Wright Jr. and gunner PFC John F. Shea were drowned in the incident. The pilot I.E. Greeley and co-pilot C. Daniel were rescued. After later analysis of the crash, it was determined that the pilot was kind of “hot-rodding” the helicopter, made too steep of a turn, pulled too many G’s and the aircraft got away from him. SP5 Wright and PFC Shea were tied in by their “monkey straps” so they could stand out on the helicopter’s skids. They were unable to get un-strapped when the aircraft went down and they drowned in the river. PFC Shea, an MP with the 560th Military Police Company, had volunteered to be a door gunner with the 114th AHC. [Taken from]
  • Final Mission of SP5 Wyley Wright Jr.

    Posted on 7/10/16 - by
    On March 9, 1964, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B (tail number 62-01961) from the 114th Aviation Company was providing escort for an inspection tour of the Delta by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara when it suffered a mechanical failure and crashed in the Saigon River. Crew chief SP5 Wyley Wright Jr. and gunner PFC John F. Shea drowned in the incident. The pilot and co-pilot were rescued. [Taken from and]
  • Honoring

    Posted on 5/26/14 - by Ginger Shannon Young
    It was with deep honor and respect that I was in attendance when you and your lovely bride were re-interred at Arlington Cemetery March 2014 on the 50th year of your death in Vietnam.

    I honor you on this Memorial Day May 2014.
  • Photo

    Posted on 3/9/13 - by Bob Surbaugh

    Photo taken from the Wright The Vision On The website. The lady is SP5 Wright's wife, Ouida Fay, who passed on a few years after his death in Vietnam.

  • Thank God For American Heroes

    Posted on 3/9/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear SP5 Wyley Wright Jr, 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, for those who love you, and for the Sgt's son.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter (son of Sgt. Ardon William Carter, 101st Airborne, February 4, 1966, South Vietnam)

  • I remember

    Posted on 3/9/13 - by Ginger Shannon Young

    The 114th Avn. Co. Erected the compound arch in your, and my husband's name (Kenneth A. Shannon). The Shannon-Wright arch stood for quite a few years with honor and respect. Kenneth died 6 days after you and 5 days after being in Vietnam, as a helicopter pilot. God hold and love you both.

  • You Are Loved and Missed!

    Posted on 3/20/07 - by Jackie Wright
    I just found this at 12:00 a.m. 3/20/2007....After 40 years I sit here crying over the loss of my Dad, who was special beyond words...loving, compassionate, caring...All the kids black and white used to love it when you came home after work because you'd stop and play with all of us..jump rope in your boots, run relays before going into the house and embracing your wife Fay with passion each day. Just six years to the date of your death, March 9, mother joined you in eternity, around the same time the noon hour. We, me, Joe, Stanley and Phyllis, love and miss you both. We have our own kids now and Joe and I have grandkids, but the thought of you and mom takes us back to the loving days of being kids in your household. Oh it was too quick that you left, you were only 31 and mother only 35. God bless you and we rejoice that because of the hope of the Lord Jesus Christ we will see you again as I Thessalonians 4:13-18 says! We look forward to the trump of God sounding and the Dead in Christ will rise and we that remain will be joined with you and Christ in the sky forevermore. Thank you Darryl, our family friend, Bob Ross, Viet Nam Veteran, and all the kind people that have signed this remembrance of Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. My father loved helicopters. He was a helicopter crew chief. He had completed all of his missions and had won medals and was coming home in two weeks when he was chosen to be the honor guard for Secretary of War Robert McNamara. His helicopter went down in the Saigon River and he and a young teenage soldier died. My father died in service to the country he loved manning the helicopter he loved. To this day, I still wave at helicopters flying over as I did when he used to fly over Brett Drive at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our last station stateside when I was 9 years old. We love you Daddy and Mother. You were a great father and a loving husband. It was beautiful to see the love you had for Mom. Thank you for being bigger than life itself in our eyes. Jackie, Joe, Stanley and Phyllis.
  • Who Shall We Send

    Posted on 3/9/07 - by Dave Avery
    "An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8

    Repos Dans La Paix
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 1/18/06 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

  • Thanks!

    Posted on 3/9/04 - by Crystal Alvey
    Thank you for everything that you did. You put your life up for this country to help us remain free. We couldn't have done it without you and who knows, life could be different. Because of your support, the U.S. can be what it is today!
    Crystal Alvey
    Gridley, Illinois Posting Project
  • Your sons

    Posted on 11/8/99 - by Daryl McClendon
    I went to school with his sons in Columbus Georgia

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