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is honored on Panel 8W, Line 106 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 11/11/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Captain Alan Cheeseman,
    Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot (Various.) You were born on my granddad Benny's birthday. Say hi to him. It is Veterans' Day. Thank you for your service. This is the month that we remember all those who have passed-on. We remember you. It is so 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 strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Final Mission of CAPT Alan B. Cheeseman

    Posted on 9/24/15 - by
    There are three accounts for this incident: First account - On August 13, 1970, Skycap 36, a CH-3E helicopter (#63-09681) from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, Nakhon Phanom RAFB, Thailand, was flying between Nakhon Phanom and Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base when it was hit by a 12.7mm round which blew up the hydraulic accumulators and knocked out both engines causing the aircraft to crash. Four of the crewmen were killed. They included pilot CAPT Alan B. Cheeseman, co-pilot CAPT George D. Henry Jr., and flight engineers SGT William L. Ripley and SSGT Terry D. Reams. [From and] Second account – The aircraft was on an extraction mission in Laos in which it was damaged due to heavy enemy fire, and on returning back to base, the aircraft suddenly turned upside down and burst into flames and crashed. (Info by Jim Williams, 361st AHC, and confirmed by Mike Taylor) Third account – The mission was not was not Prairie Fire related (a SOG patrol into Laos). The HH3 was on a training flight inside Thailand. The crew and AC were daily SOG assets. On this mission, CAPT Cheeseman, an experienced Prairie Fire pilot, was acting as instructional pilot for a couple of new pilots. Apparently, they were shot down north of Ubon RTAFB by a 12.7mm, 14.5mm or .50 cal, in Thailand. The AC did land upside down, and as I recall there was one USAF pilot (the student I believe) who escaped through the canopy hatch. [2nd and 3rd accounts taken from]
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Alan B. Cheeseman, sir

    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
  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Alan B. CHEESEMAN, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!

    Posted on 6/8/11 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may thereinn comfort you.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/17/11 - by Robert Sage
    Alan is buried at Woodbridge Memorial Gardens, Woodbridge, Middlesex County, NJ.
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