JOHN R BROOKS
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HONORED ON PANEL 50E, LINE 45 OF THE WALL

JOHN RICHARD BROOKS

WALL NAME

JOHN R BROOKS

PANEL / LINE

50E/45

DATE OF BIRTH

12/16/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHU BON

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/19/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PITTSBURGH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Allegheny County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN RICHARD BROOKS
POSTED ON 12.17.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 John Richard Brooks, 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 4.14.2013

Summary of Mid-Air Collision

On April 19, 1968, two helicopters from the 155th Assault Helicopter Company, 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion, a UH-1H and UH-1D, collided in mid-air, resulting in the deaths of eight U.S. Army personnel and eighteen ARVN soldiers. The aircraft were involved in an ARVN troop lift in the Phu Bon Province (II Corps) near Cheo Reo. The two aircraft departed the airfield with the ARVN troops to conduct a combat assault. Observers say they saw the aircraft collide from approx 1500 feet. Both aircraft crashed and burned and were totally destroyed. There were no survivors on either ship. The two aircraft involved were UH-1D tail number 66-16441 from Ban Me Thuot, crewed by pilots WO1 Paul N. Larson and WO1 Herbert R. Hayashida, crew chief SP4 John R. Brooks, and gunner SP4 Oren B. McCarroll. They were carrying nine ARVN troops. The second aircraft, UH-1H tail number 67-17255, was crewed pilots WO1 Willis W. Smith Jr. and 1LT Dennis E. Painter, crew chief SP5 Janis Miculs, and SP4 Frank L. Freedle. Their helicopter was carrying nine ARVN’s also. [Taken from vhpa.org]

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POSTED ON 5.20.2012
POSTED BY: Carol (Cipriani) Haberchak

To Put A Face With A Name

Dear John, to honor your memory and the sacrifice you made for our country I want to make sure your photo will be displayed on your birthday each and every year when the Education Center is completed, so it is with great pride and humility that I post this remembrance and graduation photo of you from the 1965 Bellevue High School Yearbook. Gayle Downey confirmed this was your photo as you graduated the same year as her brother, Charles Robert Downey. You are not forgotten and remain in the hearts of many all these years later. You have been designated to be one of God's special angels, along with the love of my life, who also sacrificed his life during this war 45 years ago. You and I were from the same city, Pittsburgh, but did not know each other. God Bless You, John, for being who you were and for all you did--we live in freedom to this day thanks to heroes like you.
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POSTED ON 2.14.2012

For SP4 John Richard BROOKS, USA...another of Pittsburgh's bravest of heroes, who gave his all!!!!!!

He loved us so.
Every day, in a hundred ways, he told us so.
In honesty, in affection, he told us so.
He loved us so.
Evwery day, in a hundred ways, he showed us so.
With loyalty and bravery, he showed us so.
He was our defender, and he kept us free!
He took an oath to guard us, and fought for liberty!
He loved us so, and we should know.
For we loved him so.
Specialist Brooks, you had been a brave man doing brave deeds for our country. You risked your life to defend liberty everywhere! In the process, you have given all that mortality can give. Your name and fame are the birthright of EVERY American citizen! You had been there and done that. I believe that Jill Corey, whom Avonmore (her home town) and Pittsburgh (where she got her start) can claim as one of their own, and whom I admire so greatly...SO GREATLY!...as one of my three top favorite songbirds along with Julie Andrews, even though she is from England, and Dusty Springfield, also from England, but she passed on years ago, in 1999, would be very proud of your service to America. Well done, Soldier. Be thou at peace.
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POSTED ON 10.7.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

John is buried at Highwood Cemetery, Pittsburgh,PA.
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