ANGELO JOSEPH SFERRAZZA
Remembering An American Hero
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
Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13724
On July 11, 1966 this aircraft from the 121st Assault Helicopter Company, 13th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade was on a mission operating in the Ba Xugen Province, South Vietnam. The helicopter was part of a ten-ship formation divided into two-five ship V’s, originating out of the new Ca Mau airstrip. The group was carrying ARVN soldiers on a combat assault. As they began their landing approach at approximately 2500 feet, the following aircraft saw an explosion in the area of the barrier air filters for the turbine engine inlet. After a second explosion occurred, the aircraft rolled right, inverted, and descended vertically, the main rotor separating from the aircraft. The aircraft crashed in an unsecured area and burned. There were no survivors. It is assumed hostile fire or an accidental discharge of a grenade or weapon within the cabin caused the crash. One witness believed one of the ARVN troops popped off an M-79 grenade launcher accidentally. Thirteen soldiers were killed in the incident, including the aircraft commander 1LT James Q. Aydelett, pilot WO1 Jackie D. Jones, crew chief PFC David E. Nance, and gunner SP4 Angelo J. Sferrazza. Nine ARVN soldiers also perished in the crash. [Taken from vhpa.org]
on Monday May 27, 2013 at 11AM, the Town of Enfield will dedicate the nature preserve at the Parsons Road boat launch in memory of Angelo Sferrazza; this was intended to be done in 1967 but for some reason was never fully finished. He will not be forgotten
Angelo is buried at St Patrick's New Cemetery, Thompsonville,CT. PH
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye – 1932