SSGT Tennis C. Ferrell
The medals included the Distinguished Flying Cross by volunteering for helicopter rescue mission that resulted in his death when aircraft was shot down; Bronze Star, and Air Medal with first through seventh Oak Leaf Clusters for meritorious achievement.
"Spec 5(SSGT) Tennis C. Ferrell, 36, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ferrell of 5923 Thames Way (Orlando) was killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam on March 21, the Pentagon announced Monday.
Ferrell, Army medic serving with the 498th Medic Co., (Air Ambulance) was killed when the helicopter he was riding in crashed into the jungle near the Cambodian border while on a rescue mission.
Four other men on the helicopter were also killed.
Ferrell had been stationed in Pli Ku since October 1, 1966. He entered the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded several medals in Korea and had just received six in Vietnam."
The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 28 Mar 1967, Tues., Pg 3.
Thinking of You
Remembering An American Hero
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
Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13645
On March 21, 1967, this aircraft from the 498th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) was on a rescue and recovery mission for medical evacuation in Long An Province (III Corps). While hovering at 100 feet over the pick-up zone, the helicopter was hit by a single round of small arms (AK-47) fire which entered the cabin area and caused the aircraft to crash. The pilot, CAPT Robert N. Bradley, and a crewman, SSGT Tennis C. Ferrell, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Two other crewmen were injured. The crash destroyed the helicopter. [Taken from vhpa.org]