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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.

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  • 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)

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