JAMES R WALDOWSKI
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HONORED ON PANEL 19W, LINE 83 OF THE WALL

JAMES RICHARD WALDOWSKI

WALL NAME

JAMES R WALDOWSKI

PANEL / LINE

19W/83

DATE OF BIRTH

03/16/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/20/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MERCER ISLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

King County

STATE

WA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES RICHARD WALDOWSKI
POSTED ON 4.19.2024
POSTED BY: Tiffany

Wear Blue: Run to Remember

On Friday, 24 May 2024, I will be running in remembrance of James. As I clicked onto this page to read about the fallen soldier, I found myself crying. You see, I also have a James in my life, my son, who is 21 years old. A year younger than when this young man gave his life at the age of 22.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 4.10.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from Jeff is touching and reflects his admiration and respect for you. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever.
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POSTED ON 10.16.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO James Waldowski, Thank you for your service as an Attack Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart . Halloween is soon. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it still needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.30.2016
POSTED BY: Jeff

IN HONORED MEMORY

Your name being etched both on paper and in my brain, is a daily reminder to avoid ever feeling sorry for myself.
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POSTED ON 10.27.2015

Final Mission of WO1 James R. Waldowski

At approximately 1800 hours on August 20, 1969, WO1 Martin L. Taber and WO1 James R. Waldowski preflighted their AH-1G (serial number 68-15032) from D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Calvary Regiment “Air Cavalry.” They assumed their duties as counter mortar standby crew. At 2030 hours Dong Tam started receiving incoming mortars. The light fire team of AH-1G’s led by WO1 Taber scrambled and made three (3) mini-gun runs on the coordinates furnished by Dong Tam artillery. The wing aircraft commander mentioned a burning structure and WO1 Taber decided to make a run on it, heading 090 degrees. On this pass his XM-18 grenade launcher system became inoperative, so he broke right and returned for another run using rockets. He initiated his rocket run at approximately 600 feet AGL, heading 090 degrees. WO1 Taber fired four pairs of rockets on this run and witnesses state that he tucked the nose of the aircraft in an effort to put the last pair of rockets on target. He then transmitted "breaking right" and the aircraft crashed, exploding on impact. CW2 Charles J. Nole, aircraft commander of the wing aircraft, checked the crash site with his searchlight and could see no sign that the crew survived the crash. At 0715 hours August 21, 1969, the Aero Rifle platoon was inserted to pick up the bodies and recover salvageable parts. The aircraft crashed in a slight nose low attitude heading 135 degrees. The crew was found in the middle of the wreckage approximately two (2) meters apart. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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