ROBERT W GARDNER
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HONORED ON PANEL 11W, LINE 58 OF THE WALL

ROBERT WAYNE GARDNER

WALL NAME

ROBERT W GARDNER

PANEL / LINE

11W/58

DATE OF BIRTH

06/02/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/27/1970

HOME OF RECORD

WHEATON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Montgomery County

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CWO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT WAYNE GARDNER
POSTED ON 6.2.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Wayne Gardner, Served with the 281st Assault Helicopter Company, 10th Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 11.10.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear CWO Robert Gardner,
Thank you for your service as an Attack Helicopter Pilot. Happy Veterans' Day. 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 8.15.2015

Final Mission of CW2 Robert W. Gardner

On April 27, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D (tail number 66-00870) from the 281st Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Brigade, was flying a Command & Control mission for the 4th Infantry Division in the An Khe Pass with five passengers on board the aircraft when it was shot down near Pleiku, RVN. The only surviving crew member, SP4 Gary Fields, was the gunner for the mission. SP4 Fields remembers flying up the pass when the aircraft became targeted by .50 caliber fire from both sides. The pilot, CW2 Robert W. Gardner, took the brunt of the fire and slumped over the controls as the aircraft nosed over and out of control. When SP4 Fields realized that the aircraft was going to crash, he jumped from the ship and fell approximately 200 feet, landing in a rice paddy. SP4 Fields suffered multiple injuries as a result of the fall, and is still disabled later in life. He was the only survivor because he jumped from the helicopter as it crashed in front of the lead ship in a combat aviation assault. The other crewmen included co-pilot WO1 Stanley J. Miller and crew chief SP5 George W. Tom. The passengers were LTC Gerald E. McKay, MAJ James A. Russ, SMAJ James H. Palmer, CAPT Roy V. Gray, and CAPT Carl N. Fisher Jr. [Taken from 281stash.org]
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POSTED ON 8.4.2014
POSTED BY: Dianne Green

Home Room Comic

You always sat behind me in Home Room all through High School. You would always stick me with your pencil and made me laugh when the teacher was taking role. You were so adorable in your madras shirt and weejuns loafers, so preppy! Thank you, Bobby, for serving your country so valiantly. I'll never forget you.
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POSTED ON 12.5.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CWO Robert Wayne Gardner, 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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