Remembering an American HeroPosted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.com
Dear American Hero,
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.
With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.
Curt Carter (son of Sgt Ardon William Carter, 101st Airborne, February 4, 1966, South Vietnam)
Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47C tail number 68-15835Posted on 1/3/13 - by firstname.lastname@example.org
On 15 February 1971 at 1955 hours U.S. Army helicopter CH-47C tail number 68-15835, containing crew members CAPT Gerald P. Wick, CW2 William D. Sapp, crew chief SFC Yoshio Takehara, gunner CPL Larry F. Ott, and crewman SP6 Richard N. Bruso, transmitted a message to its operations that it had just picked up to go out for a hover check. According to testimony, the aircraft moved from the Alpha Company area to an open field next to the maintenance area where hover tests are normally performed. After approximately 15 minutes of hovering, the aircraft turned to an approximate heading of 090 and started back toward the Alpha Company area. At this point witnesses lost sight of the aircraft as it climbed into a heavy mist; however, the landing light could still be seen, thus providing the observers a means of tracking the aircraft. Now in the heavy mist, the aircraft was obviously IFR. Under these conditions, it turned to a heading of approximately 020 and moved across the Phu Bai berm line at a high rate of speed. Men occupying positions in bunkers along the north side of Phu Bai claim to have seen the light, but not the aircraft, as it passed over their positions headed in a north-easterly direction. Witnesses say that it was only a matter of seconds from this time that the aircraft came out of the mist and struck the ground. Just prior to impact, witnesses claim to have noticed that the light tumbled or turned in such a manner as to indicate the aircraft plunge itself into the ground nose first. Judging from the wreckage the aircraft did strike the ground at an extremely high rate of vertical descent, nose low and almost completely inverted. All crew members suffered fatal injuries in the crash. [Taken from vhpa.org]
Richard Norman BrusoPosted on 1/2/11 - by Kimberli Bruso MORE
DadPosted on 11/11/10 - by Kimberli Bruso Beautybeader@yahoo.comThank you daddy for giving all of yourself for country and your family. Although I never knew you I am proud to call you my father and my hero. I will honor your rememberance this weekend as I dance in the circle. Kisses to heaven from momma and me and tell my bro I love him too!MORE
We RememberPosted on 10/9/10 - by Robert Sage email@example.comRichard is buried at Parklawn Cemetery in Hampton,VA. AMV 10 OLC ACM
49/50Posted on 1/1/04 - by Stephen Judycki firstname.lastname@example.orgRichard Norman Bruso was the 49th of 50 men from Springfield, Massachusetts, who sacrificed all in service to country in Southeast Asia.MORE
The Springfield 50 Project includes a tribute to Mr. Bruso that can be found at http://www.springfield50.org/bruso_detail.htm.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew him.
You were a good soldier.Posted on 3/26/99 - by Loren Holloway email@example.comRichard, you were a good guy and all of us in the 159th missed you a lot.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.