ARTHUR D NEAL
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 112 OF THE WALL

ARTHUR DARNELL NEAL

WALL NAME

ARTHUR D NEAL

PANEL / LINE

9W/112

DATE OF BIRTH

04/27/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/02/1970

HOME OF RECORD

OKLAHOMA CITY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Oklahoma County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ARTHUR DARNELL NEAL
POSTED ON 4.26.2021
POSTED BY: Donna Moore

Happy Heavenly Birthday

You will forever remain in our hearts and prayers
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POSTED ON 4.2.2021

Final Mission of SSG Arthur D. Neal

On June 18, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17734) from the 333rd Transportation Detachment, B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, crashed while making a “mock” gun run over a Vietnamese farmer just north of Hue City in Thua Thien Province, RVN. Seven persons were killed and three were injured. The lost personnel included aircraft commander CWO Rafael A. Chavez, crew chief SP4 Roy J. Holmgren, and gunner PVT James A. Scruggs; two passengers, SSG Arthur D. Neal and SP4 Danny L. Archer, were critically burned and transferred to the U.S. Army Burn Center at the 249th General Hospital, Camp Zama, Japan. Neal expired there on July 2nd; Archer died on the 5th. Two Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) soldiers were also killed in the crash. The co-pilot and two other passengers survived with injuries. The crash occurred while CWO Chavez was waiting for room to offload his passengers at 2/17th landing strip at Camp Eagle after a troop lift from Quang Tri Province. The landing area could only accommodate five ships, so Chavez and another helicopter left the formation and headed toward the coast to fly along the beach. While over a rural area, the other helicopter buzzed a farmer at a very low altitude. Chavez followed suite, and the two pilots began making mock gun runs on the farmer. As the other pilot started to leave the area, Chavez “rolled in” one more time. The surviving co-pilot stated that it was immediately clear that the aircraft was diving too steeply. Chavez flared the helicopter, but the descent continued, and the ship hit the ground tail-low. The aircraft came apart as it slid across the rough terrain, then tumbled and caught fire. The co-pilot was ejected still strapped into his seat, his flight suit on fire. He was able to scramble to a nearby pond and douse the flames. He returned to the wreck and assisted the survivors. The other pilot landed his ship and the injured were flown to a hospital in Da Nang. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 1.12.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Ssgt Arthur Neal, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Direct Fire Crewman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It’s a New Year, but not necessarily better. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.8.2013
POSTED BY: THOM STODDERT

i HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN YOU

i STILL REMEMBER THE DAY YOUR WIFE SENT YOU THE PICTURE OF HER SELF AND YOUR SONS ALL DRESSED IN WHITE IN FRONT OF YOUR CHURCH.. WE HAVE NEVER FORGOT YOU AND WE HONOR YOU AT EACH REUNION OF DELTA TROOP.
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POSTED ON 7.2.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Mr. Arthur D Neal, 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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