BARRY F FIVELSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 106 OF THE WALL

BARRY FRANK FIVELSON

WALL NAME

BARRY F FIVELSON

PANEL / LINE

5W/106

DATE OF BIRTH

03/19/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/15/1971

HOME OF RECORD

EVANSTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cook County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BARRY FRANK FIVELSON
POSTED ON 3.19.2021
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Warrant Officer Barry Frank Fivelson, Served with Company C, 159th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 9.13.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Barry Fivelson,
Thank you for your service as a Cargo Helicopter Pilot. I am glad you were identified om 2008. Welcome home.
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 1.2.2018

I knew him

Barry was a warrant officer in the company i was with in vietnam in 19970-1971 .I don't remember a lot about him but i do remember talking to him on several occasions , actually i think i flew with him on several occasions . He didn't have to be on that helicopter that day , he wasn't the pilot flying that ill fated CH-47 , he was sitting in the back section for the purpose of logging flight time . I do remember he was a good pilot jus't as all our pilots were and a friendly individual , pilots and their crew members had a special relationship , Barry i visit your grave along with the others who are interned with you yearly , may you R.I.P and say hi to the other crew members for me !
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POSTED ON 4.15.2017
POSTED BY: Larry Beck

Honor to a classmate

We went to high school together, in the same graduating class. I remember you from senior English class and the soccer team.
I wasn't aware you were even in the Army until our 25th class reunion, where I saw the rubbing of your name on The Wall. Only nine men from our class of 1000 seniors even joined the Army.
I thank you and praise you for your service and sacrifice.
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POSTED ON 7.15.2015

Final Mission of WO Barry F. Fivelson

Lam Son 719 was a large-scale offensive against enemy communications lines which was conducted in that part of Laos adjacent to the two northern provinces of South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese would provide and command ground forces, while U.S. forces would furnish airlift and supporting fire. Phase I, renamed Operation Dewey Canyon II, involved an armored attack by the U.S. from Vandegrift base camp toward Khe Sanh, while the ARVN moved into position for the attack across the Laotian border. Phase II began with an ARVN helicopter assault and armored brigade thrust along Route 9 into Laos. ARVN ground troops were transported by American helicopters, while U.S. Air Force provided cover strikes around the landing zones. On February 15, 1971, during one of these maneuvers, a CH-47 helicopter was assigned the task of ferrying a load of gasoline into Savannakhet Province, Laos. The crew of the aircraft consisted of crew chief SP4 Donald E. Crone, pilot CWO Marvin M. Leonard, door gunner SP4 Willis C. Crear, flight engineer SP4 John L. Powers, and aircraft commander 2LT James H. Taylor. WO Barry F. Fivelson was a passenger onboard the aircraft. During the mission, the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and began to lose altitude. During the descent, the sling load apparently exploded, causing the helicopter to explode, break into pieces, and crash. Observers later said that the helicopter seemed disoriented and that it had overflown the nearest friendly location by several miles and had descended in enemy-held territory about 10 miles southeast of Sepone. According to the U.S. Army, air searches conducted within minutes of the crash revealed no sign of survivors. However, according to information given to family members, the aerial search failed to find evidence of a crash. A ground search was not possible because of hostile threat in the area. (Note also that Defense Department data remarks indicates that a crash site was found and that no survivors were observed from the air.) The men aboard the CH-47 were all classified Killed/Body Not Recovered. In October 2001 it was announced that a February 11, 2000 joint recovery in Laos resulted in the positive identification of the remains of four Americans: WO1 Barry F. Fivelson, Specialists 4th Class Willis C. Crear and Donald E. Crone, and John L. Powers. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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