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is honored on Panel 26W, Line 30 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 9/28/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Sgt Henry Cardwell,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • A Fallen Condor

    Posted on 6/3/16
    Henry was assigned to C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). If you are looking for more information regarding him, go to the C/2/17 Condor Alumni website and contact someone from that site. The link to the site is .
  • Member of the Gread Cloud of Witnesses in Heaven

    Posted on 7/17/14 - by Bobby Cardwell
    My brother completed the attached confession of faith during his first tour of duty in Vietnam in November 1967. It is my most prized keepsake. In December of 1968, I received a "1st Air Calvary" Christmas card from him while he was in Vietnam on his second tour of duty. He signed the card, "May God bless you, your brother HW." He died 4 months later. HW is a man of strong character which is extraordinary given the obstacles he overcame as a child. We ere close - spending long periods of time together in the woods near our home. His example made me a stonger person and has allowed me to endure the struggles in my own life.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/23/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Henry Waters Cardwell, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Last Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17697

    Posted on 4/11/12 - by
    This was my mission but SP4 Otto P. Barnhart talked me out of flying that day and crewed in my place. The mission was to rappel a LRRP and an Engineering team through some very tall trees so they could cut a new LZ in the A Shau Valley. This was the first of four Hueys over this site which happened to be on a well-fortified NVA camp. I estimate the trees were well over 100 feet tall and that the team had a 150 foot rappel. The NVA shot the hovering Huey either with tracers into the fuel cell or with an RPG because the aircraft suddenly exploded without any call or signs of trouble. The front part of the ship with both pilots strapped in their seats separated from the rest of the Huey in the explosion and was blown well over 40 feet from the rest of the wreck. I believe one of the pilots was a CW3 and the other was a CPT. Both survived the explosion and the fall. But I seem to recall that the CPT died a few days later. The CW3’s seat landed so that he was facing up toward the sky. He was paralyzed from the neck down. CONDOR BLUE aborted the mission but returned with another helicopter unit and more troops. This force was inserted at a few locations a hundred yards or so from the site of the exploded Huey. It took them 6 to 8 hours to recover the pilots and what remained of the others on the ship. I don’t recall if the LRRPs or the Engineers had any casualties, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t. (Submitted by Lucio Vazquez at the VHCMA 1998 Reunion) Note: There were only two deaths reported by the Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database for this loss: SP4 Barnhart and SGT Henry W. Cardwell. [Taken from]
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