GERALD M ORTEGO
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HONORED ON PANEL 38W, LINE 29 OF THE WALL

GERALD M ORTEGO

WALL NAME

GERALD M ORTEGO

PANEL / LINE

38W/29

DATE OF BIRTH

08/25/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/21/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SIMMESPORT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Avoyelles Parish

STATE

LA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GERALD M ORTEGO
POSTED ON 2.28.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Gerald Ortega, Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Lent has begun. 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 8.25.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Warrant Officer Gerald M. Ortego, Served with the 198th Aviation Section, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 198th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 7.19.2017

Ground Casualty

On November 21, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter OH-23G (tail number 64-15303) from the 198th Infantry Brigade was conducting its pre-flight run-up for a reconnaissance mission to assist the 1st Marines in setting up nighttime ambushes. While preflighting the aircraft on the headquarters pad at 1st Marine Headquarters in Da Nang, Quang Nam Province (I Corps), RVN, the helicopter was hit by an enemy 122mm rocket. Both the pilot, WO1 Gerald M. Ortego, and the crew chief, SGT Joe H. Stanley, suffered fatal injuries in the incident. The door gunner survived with wounds. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 6.5.2016

WO Gerald Ortego

What a pleasure it was to serve with Gerald in 1968 he was a great pilot and friend all the WO's had a special frienship with all the crewchiefs. I lost two friends that day in a far away land many years ago
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POSTED ON 7.27.2015
POSTED BY: Tom McConnel

The Old Man

...of Class 68-3, Green Hats. Level-headed, mature--a mentor to we young ones.
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