STEVEN W GOELZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 2 OF THE WALL

STEVEN WILLIAM GOELZ

WALL NAME

STEVEN W GOELZ

PANEL / LINE

4W/2

DATE OF BIRTH

07/18/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/24/1971

HOME OF RECORD

MORTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Renville County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR STEVEN WILLIAM GOELZ
POSTED ON 12.30.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Steven Goelz,
Thank you for your service as an Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 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 6.17.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of WO1 Steven W. Goelz

Final Mission of WO1 Steven W. Goelz
On February 24, 1971, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D (tail number 66-16038) from A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade, crashed while on short final to An Loc Airfield after suffering an on-board explosion of unknown origin. There were no survivors. A total of seven personnel were killed in the incident. The lost crew included pilot WO1 Steven W. Goelz, co-pilot WO1 Thomas E. Bennett, crew chief SP4 Vernon A. Green, and gunner SP4 Michael H. Keys. The passengers were SP5 Craig J. Jakel, CPT Joseph M. Wilsher, and WO1 Clarence D. Hakes. WO1 Goelz was the person in charge of aircraft 038 (Note: a separate account states WO1 Bennett was the aircraft commander). The helicopter was enroute to Quan Loi, leaving Phu Loi at approximately 1750 hours. Goelz obtained an approach surveillance radar (ASR) vector from Phuoc Vinh ground-controlled approach (GCA), probably because PIREPS (pilot reports) were indicating a large storm moving from the south-southwest toward the Na Loc and Wuan Loi area. The Phuoc Vinh radar operator attempted to vector 038 around the apparent storm cells, but with difficulty. He was unable to pick up a transponder signal from 038, so he lowered his screen intensity in an effort to utilize only the image produced by his radar. When the aircraft reached the Quan Loi area, the pilot requested to descend to 1700 feet. At this point radar contact was lost and the radar operator began calling 038 on guard (emergency frequency). Aircraft 038 approached the An Loc airstrip on a heading of about 260 degrees. It appeared to be making a normal approach. At about 20 feet above the ground, the aircraft suddenly yawed to the right. A small explosion was heard and fire was sighted at this time. The helicopter dipped its nose, rolled slightly to the left, and fell straight down, exploding upon impact. The crash distribution was extremely compact, indicating very little if any forward ground speed. Upon impact the engine departed the aircraft, rolling backward past the tail boom. Also, the right cargo door flew up and behind the aircraft. The helicopter did not slide through the perimeter wire of the airfield, but remained in the area of initial impact. The remains of the pilot and co-pilot were contained within the cabin area. Three of the passengers were found beneath the transmission components, and the other two were thrown out the right side of the aircraft. The main rotor and transmission components were initially with the main wreckage and had to be moved in order to facilitate removal of three bodies. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 7.10.2014
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Photo remembrance of Steven William Goelz

Photo was provided by Herb Reckinger Jr. with the St. Paul Park, Minnesota Historical Society with the help from the Staff of the Redwood Falls Public Library. Thank you Herb and the entire Staff at the Redwood Falls Public Library!

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Steve.
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POSTED ON 3.10.2014
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Steven is buried at Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Bechyn, Renville County, MN.
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POSTED ON 1.30.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO Steven William Goelz, 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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