JERRY R DEES
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HONORED ON PANEL 20W, LINE 55 OF THE WALL

JERRY RICHARD DEES

WALL NAME

JERRY R DEES

PANEL / LINE

20W/55

DATE OF BIRTH

11/21/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/27/1969

HOME OF RECORD

PHOENIX

COUNTY OF RECORD

Maricopa County

STATE

AZ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JERRY RICHARD DEES
POSTED ON 4.24.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Jerry Dees,
Thank you for your service as a Huey, UH-1 Helicopter Repairer (Door Gunner.) 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.
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POSTED ON 9.21.2014

Gary e Wilson, 57th AHC Doorgunner, Kontum RVN-68/69

I am happy to say jerry was a friend, his job was helicopter mechanic, but he loved flying . we traveled to kontum together in April 69. When ever he had the chance he'd volunteer for a doorgunners seat. On the night of his death we ( 4 choppers) spent the day helping a SF team near Dak to. We were unable to get the team out due to bad weather in the mountains, so we sat at Dak to until night fall. The mission was scrubbed, so the crew of the 4 ships got together and we decided to fly back to Kontum. Jerry was on the 4th ship and I was on the 3rd. In flight we ran into really heavy rain and very low visibility. Due to very bad weather conditions we had to come in with the help of radar. After landing in Kontum, radar reported only three ships came through them pass. The CO came out, jumped on my chopper, we went back on the other side of the mountain, Jerry's ship had crashed, 4 souls lost!

PS
Very happy to see his face again
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POSTED ON 1.30.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Jerry Richard Dees, 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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POSTED ON 6.12.2012
POSTED BY: Wayne Sullivan

Gladiator

I met Jerry in Pleiku before we were sent to the 57th AHC at Kontum. Both of us were mechanics but Jerry wanted to be a door gunner. We spent many nights at the EM club before he transferred to the flight platoon. I was on guard duty the night his helicopter went down.

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POSTED ON 7.12.2011

Accident Summary on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17800

The 57th AHC's unit history states the monsoon weather had forced many mission cancellation during the month. Four slicks had departed for a mission and, after accomplishing the mission, header back for Kontum. While enroute the ceiling lowered to 300 feet in rain. Three of the ships made it back safely but the fourth, piloted by WO Eric Bargquist and 1LT James Carr, went IFR and had initiated a surveillance radar approach to the field. On a three mile final to runway 28, contact was lost on radar. An immediate search was begun and, before the weather forced the search to a halt, wreckage was found burning approximately 100 meters below the top of a ridgeline. The two pilots, along with the CE, SP4 Thomas Hinson, and doorgunner, PFC Terry Dees, died in the crash. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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