JEREMIAH D MCGARRY
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HONORED ON PANEL 32E, LINE 32 OF THE WALL

JEREMIAH D MCGARRY

WALL NAME

JEREMIAH D MCGARRY

PANEL / LINE

32E/32

DATE OF BIRTH

07/11/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/20/1967

HOME OF RECORD

STILLWATER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Washington County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JEREMIAH D MCGARRY
POSTED ON 1.8.2019
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Veteran, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Helicopter Crash

Jeremiah entered the Army on October 31, 1966, and he arrived in South Vietnam on the 13th of November, 1967, where he was assigned as a pilot to the 189th Assault Helicopter Company (Ghost Riders) based at Camp Holloway near Pleiku.

A month after arriving at the 189th, WO Mc Garry was on a “cake-run”. No shots being fired, no battle being waged, he just needed to deliver some chain-saws. He was hovering over a mountain peak in western Kontum Province, as some of the men on board were lowering the saws to infantrymen on the ground below. The peak below was covered with trees that reached a height of 120 feet, and the troops below (members of Delta Company, 3rd of the 8th), were in sore need of resupply. But first, they needed the saws to clear a space for helicopters to land. Their Battalion Commander and their Command Sergeant Major were onboard the helicopter, and the Colonel had borrowed the door gunner’s intercom to guide the pilot over the best place to lower the saws through the trees. The starboard door gunner, who would normally watch the tail rotor for sufficient clearances in similar situations, did not have his intercom. This, combined with tricky winds over the mountain peak, trees too tall, ropes too short, and a desire to make an extra effort for the men on the ground, resulted in the tail rotor of the aircraft striking a tree and causing a terrible accident in which four good men died, on the 20th of December, 1967, in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam.

WO McGarry's awards include the Army Aviator Badge, the Air Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the RVN Campaign Service Medal.
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POSTED ON 1.8.2019
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Veteran, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Burial Site

Jeremiah McGarry is buried in the Saint Michaels Cemetery, Bayport, Washington County, Minnesota. Plot: Block 108 Addition, Lot A, Grave 6
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POSTED ON 7.12.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Warrant Officer Jeremiah D. McGarry, Served with the 189th Assault Helicopter Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade.
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POSTED ON 2.17.2014
POSTED BY: Tom Tesmar Crusader 23

Jerry was writing a book

Jerry McGarry and I swore our oaths together and left for basic training and flight school together. On day one Jerry started writing his memoirs for a book. Sadly, he never completed it. In order to honor him and several other friends I had flying in Vietnam, I did write a book to tell the stories that they never had a chance to tell. The book is Crusader 23 www.blurb.com
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POSTED ON 1.5.2014
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Photo Remembrance of Jeremiah D. McGarry

Photo was taken from the historic book “THE FACES BEHIND THE NAMES - The Vietnam War” with the permission of author Don Ward. Thank you Mr. Ward.

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 Jeremiah.
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