MICHAEL A MAHOWALD
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HONORED ON PANEL 22W, LINE 58 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL ALLEN MAHOWALD

WALL NAME

MICHAEL A MAHOWALD

PANEL / LINE

22W/58

DATE OF BIRTH

09/09/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/16/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MINNEAPOLIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hennepin County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL ALLEN MAHOWALD
POSTED ON 6.1.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Michael Mahowald, Thank you for your service as an Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot. Your 51st anniversary is soon, sad. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 6.16.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO Michael Allen Mahowald, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 5.28.2015
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Peace with Honor

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 Mike.
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POSTED ON 2.12.2015

Final Mission of WO1 Michael A. Mahowald

On June 16, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G (tail number 67-15763) from 361st Aerial Weapons Company was operating in the Kontum Province (II Corps) near Ben Het when it was hit by small arms fire. The attack caused the aircraft to crash, which resulted in the deaths of the two crewmen, aircraft commander WO1 Mark D. Clotfelter and pilot WO1 Michael A. Mahowald. The helicopter had been asked to supply a clearing patrol on road when it was shot down. The aircraft crashed on top of an enemy bunker, killing two NVA soldiers. The following is an account of the incident that was provided to WO1 Clofelter’s family by his commanding officer: "At the time of the loss of your brother, on the eastern airstrip was an Air Calvary Troop from the 4th Division, (their base camp was about 5 miles south of Pleiku). Someone in the bunker requested that a reconnaissance be made of the road from Dak To to Ben Het to get a feel for the level of the entrenchment by the VC and to determine if it was feasible and or possible to run in a relief column as a ground convoy to the besieged camp. For some reason, rather than passing the request over to the Air Calvary unit as they should have done, my guys from the 361st said that they would do it. A ‘can do’ attitude. It was on this reconnaissance mission that his helicopter was hit and shot down. What was very upsetting was that it was not our unit’s type of mission to do that, to conduct a reconnaissance. We were fire support. Reconnaissance was a perfect Air Calvary Unit mission for that is what they were designed and equipped to do with scout helicopters, a few gunships, and some ground infantry troops carried by UH-1 helicopters. I was unable to get support for the ground recovery operation for several days and finally five of us just flew in with small arms, and with an overhead cover fire team, we made the recovery. After we were able to get into the site, recover the bodies and obtain positive identification, I wrote and sent my second letter to your family reporting his untimely death. I remember my first letter to you reported that his (WO1 Clofelter’s) AH-1G Cobra Attack Helicopter from the 361st Attack Helicopter Company stationed at Camp Holloway just south of the city of Pleiku Vietnam, had been hit by North Vietnamese ground fire. The helicopter, after it was hit, had turned upside down, and in that position, dropped to the earth from about 500-600 feet in altitude, crashing and immediately catching fire. His wing man circling saw the whole incident and reported that he did not think it was possible that anyone could have survived the impact, and no one was seen leaving the crash." [Taken from airwarvietnam.com]
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POSTED ON 12.24.2010
POSTED BY: Jim Lindley

Flight school

Mike and I were in flight school in Billings together. I was hired by Northwest Airlines as a pilot and Mike went the WO Army direction. I think of him often as he lost everything in losing his life. He was a great pilot and deserved a chance at Northwest rather than losing his life in Vietnam. I would suspect he was a great Huey pilot as well as fixed wing pilot.
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