FRANCIS A ROCHKES
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HONORED ON PANEL 24E, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

FRANCIS ALBERT ROCHKES

WALL NAME

FRANCIS A ROCHKES

PANEL / LINE

24E/97

DATE OF BIRTH

03/09/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/09/1967

HOME OF RECORD

PANA

COUNTY OF RECORD

CHRISTIAN COUNTY

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

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LEFT FOR FRANCIS ALBERT ROCHKES
POSTED ON 9.26.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Francis Rochkes, Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot with the 1st Cavalry. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Autumn. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance, and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 4.7.2021
POSTED BY: wkillia[email protected]

Final Mission of WO1 Francis A. Rochkes

On August 7, 1967, during Operation Pershing, U.S. 1st Cavalry Division troops were moved into the Song Re Valley, twelve miles west of Ba To in Quang Ngai Province, RVN. Stretching some twenty-four miles north to south, the narrow valley was laced with carefully cultivated rice paddies and well-fed livestock but seemed devoid of people. Troopers advanced cautiously from Gia Vuc, site of a U.S. Army Special Forces camp located astride a major North Vietnamese Army (NVA) infiltration route off the Ho Chi Minh trail. While the leapfrogging battalions established intermediate firebases, they encountered no one in the first two days; however, they had the uneasy feeling they were not alone. On the morning of August 9th, a single cavalry company, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, conducted an air assault onto three small hills, an objective called Landing Zone Pat, nine miles north of Gia Vuc. As the last six UH-1 helicopters lifted off, the NVA opened fire with heavy machine guns. Bullets riddled all the aircraft, bringing three down, while the other three limped back to Gia Vuc. On the ground, the NVA swarmed the lone company. One group, hidden at the base of the hill area, surged out of its trenches and bunkers at the same time another unit, hidden midway up the western slope of the valley, fired down on the isolated American soldiers. While the cavalry troopers sought cover and returned fire, their company commander called in artillery and air strikes. They rained down quickly on the attackers, saving the American company from certain destruction. When the fight ended four hours later, a third of the company were casualties. Eleven U.S. were killed and twenty-seven wounded in the battle, while only a few enemy dead and some weapons were found. The lost personnel included the crew of a UH-1C gunship shot down: aircraft commander WO1 Francis A. Rochkes, co-pilot CPT Robert A. Thompson, crew chief SP4 Ray E Moran Jr., and observer 1LT Honorio M. Fidel; SP4 John M. Beyrand, a gunner on one of the lift aircraft; SP5 Andrew C. Conrad Jr., a medic from HHC, 2/8; and five infantrymen from A-2/8: PFC Joel D. Fendley (posthumous promotion to Corporal), PFC Joseph J. Harrison (posthumous promotion to Corporal), SP4 Michael J. Hotchkiss, SP4 Prentice D. LeClair, and SGT Robert J. Maxwell. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 3.9.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Warrant Officer Francis Albert Rochkes, Served with C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 8.8.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO Francis Albert Rochkes, 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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POSTED ON 5.6.2012
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Francis is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Pana, Christian County,IL.
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