GREGORY S CRANDALL
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 115 OF THE WALL

GREGORY STEPHEN CRANDALL

WALL NAME

GREGORY S CRANDALL

PANEL / LINE

5W/115

DATE OF BIRTH

07/18/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/18/1971

HOME OF RECORD

TACOMA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Pierce County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO1

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GREGORY STEPHEN CRANDALL
POSTED ON 4.20.2016
POSTED BY: Ed Perry

July 4, 2004 Visiting the Wall.

In July of 2004, I went to Washington D.C to see my son before he was deployed to Iraq where he was to take command of a newly formed intelligence group. While there, I went to find my Lakenheath High School roommate. Greg and I were both military brats and our fathers were both stationed in England in the mid 60's and, at that time, there were only two DOD high schools in the country so we lived in dorms during the school year. The year we were roommates, I was a senior and he and Mike Spinelli were juniors and through the course of the year, we found out a great deal about each other. We all had known each other since the previous year but the relationship was casual. but by the time the school year ended, the bonds were much stronger. Every night we would talk of things that boys talk of--girls, music, sports, girls, classes, girls in classes--but also deeper things such as fears, hopes, dreams, the future, the war in Vietnam that was starting to heat up but we knew would be over before we get a chance to serve. We found out that Greg was a poet (weren't we all) and a melancholy philosopher who was far more spiritual than he let on in public. He was also a class clown and a prankster and we were never sure what he would do next, But now I was going to visit my old friend and I found him on Panel 5W, line 115. I know the Wall is supposed to heal, but I'm still angry.
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POSTED ON 7.15.2015

Final Mission of WO1 Gregory S. Crandall

LAM SON 719 was a large offensive operation against NVA communications lines in Laos. The operation called for ARVN troops to drive west from Khe Sanh, cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, seize Tchpone and return to Vietnam. The ARVN would provide and command the ground forces, while U.S. Army and Air Force would furnish aviation airlift and supporting firepower. The 101st Airborne Division commanded all U.S. Army aviation units in direct support of the operation. Most of the first part of the operation, which began January 30, 1971, was called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, and was conducted by U.S. ground forces in Vietnam. On February 8, 1971, early into the operation, a U.S. Army OH-6A helicopter was shot down about 8 miles east of Tchpone. This aircraft, flown by pilot WO1 Gregory S. Crandall, was crewed by scout/observer SP4 Robert J. Engen and crew chief SGT Walter E. Lewellen. They were conducting an aerial reconnaissance mission when Crandall radioed that he was under heavy enemy fire. As he maneuvered to evade the fire, the aircraft was seen to crash and catch on fire. There was one major and six secondary explosions. About March 7, an ARVN unit spotted the wreckage, but was unable to reach it to thoroughly investigate. It was never learned for certain that the crew perished. Losses were heavy in Lam Son 719. The ARVN lost almost 50% of their force. U.S. aviation units lost 168 helicopters; another 618 were damaged. Fifty-five air crewmen were killed, 178 wounded, and 34 missing in action during the entire operation, lasting until April 6, 1971. In the early 1990’s, remains were returned to the U.S. that the government claimed were from the lost crewmen. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 5.24.2015
POSTED BY: Pat Lowther Robinson

Lakenheath High School

I graduated from Lakenheath High School in 1967 with Greg. I remember him as if it were yesterday; he was a kind young man who always had a smile for all. I remember that he dated a fellow student who was from Iceland, Angel, I believe her name was. I was also from the Woodbridge/Bentwaters family so we spent many Monday mornings traveling back and forth to school. I visited the Traveling Wall when it came to my area and was surprised at my tears when I saw Greg's name. I should not have been surprised as we were all like family back then. I traced over Greg's name and have included it in my yearbook on the page where Greg's photo is. His death was my first experience with the loss of someone I considered close to me. I think of him often and am always saddened by his youthful passing!
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POSTED ON 5.26.2014
POSTED BY: Susan Muttart

I Am His Sister

Greetings to all who have been here.

Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my brother, WO Gregory Stephen Crandall. I am very moved. Should any of you that knew my brother, I would be pleased if you would e-mail me at [email protected]

Thank you again, and God Bless you all.
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POSTED ON 2.22.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO1 Gregory Stephen Crandall, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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