JULIAN A FINCHER JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 14E, LINE 69 OF THE WALL

JULIAN A FINCHER JR

WALL NAME

JULIAN A FINCHER JR

PANEL / LINE

14E/69

DATE OF BIRTH

04/07/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/23/1967

HOME OF RECORD

FAIRBORN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Greene County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JULIAN A FINCHER JR
POSTED ON 9.6.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Julian Fincher,
Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot. Labor Day just passed, and we remember you 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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POSTED ON 3.10.2018

Final Mission of WO1 Julian A. Fincher Jr.

On January 23, 1967, two minesweepers from Mine Squadron 11 (Detachment A), Task Force 116, were conducting a routine patrol of a Saigon-area shipping channel when they were struck by Viet Cong heavy automatic weapons fire from the west bank of the Song Dan Xay River. The minesweepers, MSB-16 and MSB-32, were hit by VC hidden in a mangrove swamp as they passed along the channel, the main line for ships moving from the coast up to the port of Saigon. Two crewmen from MSB-16, EN1 Donald C Peddicord and SN Terry L. Braden, were killed by the first burst. Moments later, four PBR’s (river patrol boats) and a helicopter fire team exchanged heavy fire with the enemy. Approximately forty minutes later, an U.S. Army helicopter fire team arrived to lend support. During a low-level firing run, one of the Army helicopters, a UH-1B Razorback gunship (#63-12948) from the 120th Aviation Company, was seen to explode under heavy ground fire and crash into the trees in flames. PBRs immediately lifted a Vietnamese Regional Force platoon to the area. When the Regional Force troops reached the burning helicopter, they noted that the bodies of three of the crew members were still inside the helicopter. A fourth burned body was found near the wreckage. The troops were unable to remove the bodies because of the intense heat. Three hours later, when the troops were withdrawn by Navy river craft, the helicopter was still burning. The remains of the crew were recovered in the days following the incident. The lost Razorback crewmen included pilots CPT Guinn J. Rogers and WO1 Julian A. Fincher Jr., crew chief CPL Peter Maciel Jr., and gunner SP4 Michael J. Vitacco. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, and “VC Machine Gun Minesweeper, Down Helicopter.” Pacific Stars and Stripes, January 25, 1967]
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POSTED ON 1.17.2017
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered !!!! All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Julian. :-(
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POSTED ON 1.23.2016
POSTED BY: Karkie Tackett

Thank you

You were gentle, mild, kind and playful in 1964. We went for long walks, you talked of Fairborn and we felt close because as military dependents, we'd lived in the same town. I have a trinket you bought me, I have a photo, I have sweet memories and I have gratitude. Thank you, Jack. Your courage will never be forgotten in my family.
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POSTED ON 1.23.2016
POSTED BY: Peter John Harrington

An American Hero that will Always Be Remembered

49 Years Ago Today you left this world and you will never ever be forgotten. You are an American Hero. Our family had a loved one who operated in the same area that you did and he was in an out of the Rung Sat Special Zone with Echo Company 2nd Battalion 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" 199th LIB The Redcatchers based out of Long Duc II a village in the Mekong where he was with around 99 other Americans and probably 300 South Vietnamese Rangers. I will be praying for you today at St. Brigid of Kildare my home parish in South Boston Massachusetts when I attend my 4:00PM Saturday mass. Thank you for your service. It is American Heroes like you that made the ultimate sacrifice that will be honored for all time to come. It was beautiful thing this morning holding my 8 month old daughter in a free land
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