ROGER W HEINZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 15W, LINE 42 OF THE WALL

ROGER WILLIAM HEINZ

WALL NAME

ROGER W HEINZ

PANEL / LINE

15W/42

DATE OF BIRTH

03/11/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/09/1969

HOME OF RECORD

COVENTRY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Tolland County

STATE

CT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MAJ

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROGER WILLIAM HEINZ
POSTED ON 11.28.2020

Final Mission of MAJ Roger W. Heinz

On December 9, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-16220) from Company A, 123rd Aviation Battalion, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal) was conducting a routine shuttle mission for support command when it crashed in bad weather into a hilltop three miles southwest of Minh Long Airfield in Quang Ngai Province, RVN. Three crewmen and three passengers were killed. The lost aircrew included co-pilot WO1 Ward L. Hooper Jr., crew chief SP4 Michael J. McClane, and gunner SP5 Edward F. Fratus; the lost were passengers LTC Karl F. Lange, MAJ Roger W. Heinz, and CPT Eugene P. Shumbris. The aircraft commander survived with injuries. The flight initiated at 7:15 AM from Ky Ha Heliport where the crew picked up passengers at the Division Administration pad, then departed for Minh Long. Following a change in passengers, the aircraft departed Minh Long in light rain enroute to Ba To. The helicopter was on a heading which would enable it to follow a valley to Ba To after passing through a saddle in a mountain. As the aircraft passed through the saddle, poor visibility caused the pilots to switch to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The aircraft commander assumed control of the ship from the co-pilot. He turned left and initiated a climb. After completing his turn, the aircraft commander looked through the chin bubble when he saw the mountainside approaching rapidly. As he attempted to climb over the hill, the main rotor's retreating blade contacted small shrubs and tall elephant grass on the uphill side of the mountain. As the helicopter continued forward, the skids struck the ground and were sheared off, causing the fuel cells to burst. The main rotor struck the ground and was sheared from the transmission. The tail boom was also severed from the fuselage of the aircraft. Momentum carried the aircraft forward another 150 feet. The destroyed helicopter burned in place; however, it was impossible to determine the exact final resting position of the aircraft because the slope where the accident occurred was approximately 60 degrees and many of the components rolled down the hill following the fire. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 5.9.2020
POSTED BY: Kristen Houle

Remembrance

My 8yr old son and I were walking thru the memorials in Coventry, CT today 5/8/2020 where we live and stopped to read all the memorials. Especially the Vietnam Memorial because my father was a Seabee in Vietnam, and 4 of my dads brothers also served in Vietnam (4 of them at once). I was reading the names on the town monument to him when we noticed your name. It peeked my interest that you were a Chaplin and I looked your information up. I found you were a Missouri Synod Lutheran Chaplin. This touched our lives closely my brother and my cousins husband (my sons favorite person on earth his favorite Uncle Rob) are Missouri Synod Chaplins in the Army (both Concordia Graduates as well) To say the least that surprised both of us, and my son intently listen to your information as I read it to him, because he related to fact you fought in a war his grandpa did and were a Chaplin like his favorite uncle who is now deployed at this moment, and he is missing him. We honor you and the rest veterans may you all find peace!
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POSTED ON 5.5.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Major Roger Heinz,
Thank you for your service as a Special Forces Qualified Chaplain. Thank you for giving comfort to those in need. The war was years ago, but we all need 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 3.11.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Major Roger William Heinz, Served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces Group, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 11.10.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Major Roger William Heinz, 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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