HAROLD L ECKERT JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 27W, LINE 108 OF THE WALL

HAROLD LEE ECKERT JR

WALL NAME

HAROLD L ECKERT JR

PANEL / LINE

27W/108

DATE OF BIRTH

05/25/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/18/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HERSHEY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dauphin County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CWO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HAROLD LEE ECKERT JR
POSTED ON 2.19.2021
POSTED BY: Peter Paden

Fellow Hooker

Flew many missions with Mr Eckert he was a exceptional and brave pilot and never said never. Respected all he flew with and had respect of all that flew with him
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POSTED ON 2.9.2021
POSTED BY: Gary E Eccles

REMEMBERING AN AMERICAN HERO

Ms. HEATHER KOWALSKI
Your Uncle, “Weird Harold” was an extraordinary man who could lighten up a conversation – make you forget you were in a War where any second, in a second, your life could be over. God Bless him!
We all did “Weird” things to keep busy and to try to keep our minds off our situation. But it was the exceptional ones that were able to funnel nervous energy into something positive. The generator for instance illuminated the entire company making our lives a little more tolerable, but could be shut down and the entire lighting turned off instantly during a mortar/rocket attack. That was your uncle’s doing with the help of a number of our electricians.
“This scrounged generator became the Varsity primary power source at Camp Eagle. The generator failed a couple times a month, but was valiantly maintained by CW2 Harold Lee Eckert, Jr from Hershey, PA. More on “Weird Harold” later and his Varsity roommate CW2 Gary “Strange” Streid.” “Young Hookers in Vietnam” by Frank Buzzard
“…they painted (their room) flat black, floors, walls, and ceiling. It featured fluorescent painted stars and they had managed to obtain a black lite as well.” Gary Thewlis
Make no mistake, not when he was flying! He was all business until we returned from a mission and had shut down for the night.
It saddened me greatly when I learned his Hook went down. In our area of operation, his was the first Hook destroyed in a crash. And then the unbelievable report that the entire crew was lost. From January when he left our company to join A company, there was many a time we joked about something, another prank, your uncle had excelled at. And then word came he had been piloting the aircraft.
Gary,
SP5 Crew Chief
B Co. 159th ASHB, May 68-Aug 69
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POSTED ON 2.9.2021
POSTED BY: Frank Buzzard

A friend and fellow Army Aviator

I flew Chinooks with Harold in Varsity, 101st in 1968 and 1969. He was a great pilot and hard worker who maintained our cranky 100 KW generator. Harold moved to our sister company, Pachyderms, in early 1969. He was tragically shot down and died with his crew just two weeks before he would have gone home. He was greatly respected and will be missed by all who knew him.

I spent a career with NASA after leaving the Army. While working in Washington DC, I visited the Vietnam Wall several times. Finding Harold's name and remembering our service together helped heal sad memories of being called a baby killer when I arrived in San Francisco airport from Vietnam in 1969. You were the best of us, Harold. Rest in Peace, my brother.
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POSTED ON 8.21.2020
POSTED BY: Heather Kowalski

Family that did not know him


It was such a pleasure to read through these thoughtful posts. My name is Heather and I am the great niece of Uncle Harold Jr. My grandmother was Ruth, Harolds oldest sister. My daughter was asking about our family history and we decided to look up a bit more about Harold Eckert Jr. I was luck enough to end up with his Purple Heart, being in the Air Force, i am honored to hold his memory.
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POSTED ON 7.13.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear CWO Harold Eckert,
Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time 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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