DAVID F POPP
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HONORED ON PANEL 29W, LINE 39 OF THE WALL

DAVID FRED POPP

WALL NAME

DAVID F POPP

PANEL / LINE

29W/39

DATE OF BIRTH

04/05/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/14/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MILWAUKIE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clackamas County

STATE

OR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CWO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID FRED POPP
POSTED ON 7.6.2016
POSTED BY: Ruth A Popp Evans

My wonderful brother David F Popp

My dear brother David , who I will never forget or get over losing you. I still cry over losing you but know you had to do what you had to do. You were not afraid to stand up for freedom and help the helpless as the people in S Vietnam. You were so special to me and I remember such good times we had growing up and what a strong bond we had as brother and sister. You always took up for me and watched out for me , even in high school, you would make sure any guy I dated would treat me good. You had such a good sense of humor and also a dare-devil at the same time. You were unique and there will never be another like you! I thank God for the years I had together with you (which were 23 ) but now you're in a better place called Heaven. I'll see you when I get there! Your lovin sister, Ruth Alice Popp
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POSTED ON 1.12.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CWO David Fred Popp, 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 2.6.2015
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of WO1 David F. Popp

Final Mission of WO1 David F. Popp
On March 14, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G (tail number 66-15301) from B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division was operating in the Tay Ninh Province (III Corps), approximately 17 Km N-NW of Nui Ba Den and approximately 6 Km NW of what was known as Landing Zone (LZ) Barbara, or "the old French fort" on Route TL 4. The crew, CW2 Phillip R. Pannell and WO1 David F. Popp, were part of a hunter-killer Pink Team of scout and attack helicopters. The weather was clear and it was late in the afternoon right before dark when CW2 Pannell and WO1 Popp’s aircraft received enemy ground fire, causing it to crash. The OH-6 reported they were flying at altitude with Cobra (AH-1G) in trail and that there was no radio distress call. After a few minutes of no communication, the OH-6 did a 360 and went looking for 301 with negative results. B Troop spent 3 full days looking for 301, and continued to search for the downed aircraft while conducting normal operations in the area. The crash site was located approximately eight months later on January 15, 1970 by elements of Troop A, 1/9 Cav, 1st Cavalry Division. The remains of WO1 Popp and CWO Pannell were found undisturbed and were evacuated to Saigon Airport (TSN) to the military mortuary on January 16, 1970. The aircraft was not recovered due to tactical situation on the ground. In a letter to CW2 Pannell's parents from Major James W. Hanks dated February 6, 1970, he stated "information reveals that Randy was killed by a blast wound that affected the whole body and death was immediate." [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 2.12.2014
POSTED BY: Esther Crowe

A note from a Great Niece.

David Fred Popp was the great uncle i never met. I hear such wonderful things about him from my grandmother (his sister) who misses him very much. She remembered him as handsom, brave, a dare devil, and sometimes embarrassing because he would always tell boys that they could not date her in school. She remembers once when he got into a fight at school and she ran home telling her parents "They're killing David!" And off went my great grandma and great grandpa Popp to the rescue. I never met them either. I am sure he is with my great aunt Nancy Popp whom i never met and my great aunt Maireane who i have met but died a few years back. My grandmother Ruth Alice Popp (now Evans) misses him very much and don't worry she is taking care of great aunt Betty. Love, Esther the great niece you never met.
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POSTED ON 6.17.2009
POSTED BY: Grant Angell (class of 64)

Memorialized at Milwaukie High

Memorialized at Milwaukie High
Dave and 12 others that died in Vietnam are now memorialized at Milwaukie Highs Gold Star Memorial flagpole on campus. Rest in peace.
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