GERALD D ZIEHE
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HONORED ON PANEL 40W, LINE 17 OF THE WALL

GERALD DEAN ZIEHE

WALL NAME

GERALD D ZIEHE

PANEL / LINE

40W/17

DATE OF BIRTH

10/07/1930

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DARLAC

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/21/1968

HOME OF RECORD

OMAHA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Douglas County

STATE

NE

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GERALD DEAN ZIEHE
POSTED ON 6.2.2021
POSTED BY: Gina Long

Dearest Cousin Gerald,

I am meeting you for the first time through the miracle of technology. Until today I knew you only through your story shared by my father, Dale Briggs, your first cousin. He spoke of you with such pride. Today I spoke with Aunt Elaine and she also recalled your life and your service and supreme sacrifice. I am honored to have seen your photo and to read of your tragic death. I thank you and am forever indebted to you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. God bless you and we will meet again.
Gina Long
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POSTED ON 4.17.2017

Final Mission of MAJ Gerald D. Ziehe

On October 21, 1968, a USAF Douglas C-47D (#45-0934) transport plane belonging to the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base was flying military personnel from Saigon to Hong Kong for R&R with a stop at Da Nang. While enroute the pilot declared an emergency, stating that the port engine had failed and that the propeller would not feather. He requested and received vectors for an emergency landing at Ban Me Thuot Airfield, but instead hit a mountainside at the 2300-foot level approximately 19 miles southwest of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, RVN. A total of 23 fatalities (some news services reported 24) resulted in the crash, including a listed 11 crewmen and 10 passengers, plus two civilians. A medical helicopter spotted the wreckage three hours after the crash. More helicopters were dispatched to the scene to remove the dead. The lost C-47D crew members included pilot LTC Howard E. Van Vliet, co-pilot LTC Council L. Royal, navigators MAJ Gerald E. Burgener and MAJ Basil L. Ciriello, flight attendant TSGT Donald W. Bruck, flight engineer TSGT John D. Thomas, flight mechanic TSGT Billy R. Morris, and crewmen (unassigned positions) MSGT William P. Bowman, SSGT Eugene W. Hendricks, LTC Robert B. Richardson, and MAJ Gerald D. Ziehe. The passengers included (USAF) TSGT Arthur L. Brewer, LTC Ray E. Codding, SSGT Karl E. Kelley Jr., SSGT Bernard F. Kissell Jr., SGT Russell E. Nihill, LTC Alden W. O’Brien, SGT Ruben E. Reyes, and CAPT Gayland O. Scott; (USA) SP5 Bruce M. Miley and SFC Klaus D. R. Ruhland. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, aviation-safety.net, togetherweserved.com, and “C-47 Crash! 24 Killed.” Chicago Tribune, October 22, 1968]
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POSTED ON 10.13.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Major Gerald Dean Ziehe, 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 6.20.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Gerald is buried at Offutt AFB Cemetery in Omaha, NE. AFCM
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POSTED ON 5.14.2006

If I should die...remembrances for MAJ. Gerald Dean ZIEHE, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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