GEORGE F SODAITIS
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HONORED ON PANEL 24E, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

GEORGE FRANK SODAITIS

WALL NAME

GEORGE F SODAITIS

PANEL / LINE

24E/97

DATE OF BIRTH

08/17/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/09/1967

HOME OF RECORD

MERRICK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Nassau County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

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LEFT FOR GEORGE FRANK SODAITIS
POSTED ON 4.7.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt George Sodaitis, Thank you for your service as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander - Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Spring , and Lent. 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 12.23.2018
POSTED BY: Barry McMullan

The Good Old Days

George we were great pals when I was in high school. We loved aviation and were lucky to do it. I think of you often. Thank you
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POSTED ON 5.27.2018
POSTED BY: George Fretz

A Life Cut Short

George... Your death had (and still has) a big impact on me-- same class in flight school, assigned to sister units in Vinh Long... Still rookies when it happened. For days afterward I couldn't help thinking how you were taken, and I was left. In a sense I live on in your place. R.I.P. George. We have a few war stories to tell in heaven.
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POSTED ON 8.8.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT George Frank Sodaitis, 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 6.18.2011

Accident Summary of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01099

The US Army UH-1D tail number 66-01099 departed Vinh Long Air Field at 0942 hours, on a valid flight clearance to Can Tho Air Field, Bear Cat Air Field, Long Binh, and due for a direct return to Vinh Long. The UH-1D departed the 24th Field Hospital Heliport at approximately 1554 hours, in a northwesterly direction. It continued to climb while executing a gentle right turn to avoid built up areas and the normal heavy air traffic in the Long Binh area. The climb and turn were continued until a south to southwest course was established and an estimated altitude of 1500 - 1800 feet MSL reached. Within a maximum of one minute from the time the course was established, at 1557 hours, an Air Force RF-101, which was being vectored to a GCA final at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, collided with the left top side of the UH-1D. The collision disintegrated the UH-1D's main rotor system and tore off the tail pylon at about station 270. The UH-1D fell in a southwesterly direction, nosing down and over, losing pieces of the air frame and other material stowed in the cabin section. The aircraft commander and gunner of the UH-1D were either thrown or jumped clear of the helicopter before impact. The UH-1D struck the ground in a nose down inverted attitude completely demolishing the helicopter. A post impact fire ensued, gutting all the wreckage except the pilot's compartment. After the collision the RF-101 experienced a flame out of the right engine. Full power on left engine failed to produce sufficient flying speed to control the aircraft. The RF-101 continued on a course of approximately 250 degrees and descending. The aircraft started to nose over uncontrolled at approximately 175 knots IAS. The pilot elected to eject. The ejection was successful although the pilot received major injuries from landing on his back. The RF-101 impacted in a level attitude approximately 3 12 miles from the assumed collision point and 3 miles from the UH-1D impact point. The UH-1D crew members included MAJ Charles R. Latta (KIA), 1LT George F. Sodaitis (KIA), SP4 Gary R. Kooman (KIA), SP4 Gerald L. Hopper (KIA); passengers were PVT William J. McRae (KIA) and civilian Jerry Degnan (KIA). [Taken from the vhpa.org website]
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