RICHARD A SAWRAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 18W, LINE 76 OF THE WALL

RICHARD ARTHUR SAWRAN

WALL NAME

RICHARD A SAWRAN

PANEL / LINE

18W/76

DATE OF BIRTH

03/10/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/12/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WASHINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Warren County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD ARTHUR SAWRAN
POSTED ON 1.7.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you....

Remember to save for them a place inside of you, and save one backward glance when you are leaving, for the places they can no longer go...
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POSTED ON 12.9.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Richard Sawran, Thank you for your service as an Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is the 2nd week of Advent, and 80 years ago US entered WWII. Time moves 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 4.18.2021

Final Mission of WO1 Richard A. Sawran

On the late evening of September 12, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17257) from the 129th Assault Helicopter Company was launched from Lane Army Heliport, west of Qui Nhon in Binh Dinh Province, RVN, to pick up three Republic of Korea (ROK) army intelligence officers from the Korean Tiger Division and a Viet Cong defector and fly them to an ROK army hospital. The aircraft arrived at the assigned location at approximately 9:55 PM, and departed with its passengers ten minutes later. The flight crew contacted Phu Cat Airbase approach control north of Qui Nhon and notified them that poor weather had caused the aircraft to go into Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions. The pilot stated his altitude was 5,000 feet and sought a priority radar vector for a ground control approach to Phu Cat Airbase. The pilot reported his position as over the Cha Rang Valley. Phu Cat approach control could not make a positive radar identification but had a suspected radar target seven miles out. The aircraft commander radioed he was encountering severe turbulence. At 10:22 PM, Phu Cat control instructed the aircraft to turn inbound toward the airbase beacon and climb to 6000 feet. The pilot rogered the controller's instructions. This was the last communication between the aircraft and the ground. Shortly after, the helicopter impacted on the side of a mountain approximately seven miles south of Phu Cat; there were no survivors. The lost crewmen included aircraft commander CWO Stephen A. DeSantis, pilot WO1 Richard A. Sawran, crew chief SP4 Lawrence D. Jackson, and gunner PFC Stephan L. Hargrave. The three ROK intelligence staff personnel were LTC Kwon Young Hae, CPT Kim The Hwan, and CPT Kim Hyun Shuk; the Viet Cong is unknown. After radio contact was lost, search and rescue ships were launched; however, due to weather conditions, the search aircraft did not arrive at the scene until 12:30 AM. They discovered the helicopter had hit the mountain at 1990 feet, 125 feet below the ridge. The aircraft appeared to have burned on impact. Crew chief Jackson was posthumously promoted to Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org and “Copter Crash Kills 8 Near Qui Nhon.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, September 15, 1969]
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POSTED ON 12.31.2019
POSTED BY: Joseph DeStefano

Big. Brother

Dick dated one of my sisters starting as my two sisters double dated two Rutgers University dormmates. Dick was smitten from the start. As Dick and Lillian dated he was around quite a bit even when Lil was away at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Guess he felt closer to her being around me and my younger brother Philip and Laura the oldest and mom, dad, and Baba.
Dick drove me around for dates with my girlfriend. He taught me some house improvement. He shared dinner with us. He played the sax and didn't like The Doors. I looked up to him. His presence was comfortable. I miss him.
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POSTED ON 10.29.2018
POSTED BY: Debra Eckel

Thank you

I am from Washington NJ also and I remember the Sawran family. I recall he was a very kind person and well liked. Thank you Rich for your sacrifice. I worked with you Mom at the bank and there was always a sadness around her. I know she is smiling now to be by your side. Thank you brave soldier.
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