MATTHEW P AMARAL III
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HONORED ON PANEL 31E, LINE 90 OF THE WALL

MATTHEW PERRY AMARAL III

WALL NAME

MATTHEW P AMARAL III

PANEL / LINE

31E/90

DATE OF BIRTH

11/29/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH THUAN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/14/1967

HOME OF RECORD

GLOUCESTER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Essex County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MATTHEW PERRY AMARAL III
POSTED ON 12.5.2022
POSTED BY: bob wasco

Best Buddy

Matt, Wow I can't believe it's been 55 yrs. since I last seen you. The last letter I enclosed pictures of snow , I know you loved winter in Gloucester. You know I was proud to be asked to be Best Man at you & Yvette's wedding, but God had a different plan I was a palebearer at your funeral. When we were in Nam we would say that one of us could be next, but as 20yr. olds we didn't buy it. You & your family have been in my heart & prayers since i received the letter about your death. We didn't say these words in the 60's, but "I love you Man"! Your best Buddy & Gunner Bob
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POSTED ON 7.8.2022

Final Mission of SP5 Matthew P. Amaral III

Operation Klamath Falls (December 1, 1967 – January 8, 1968) was a 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment search and destroy operation in Binh Thuan, Binh Tuy, and Lam Dong Provinces, RVN. On December 14th, a UH-1H (#66-16211) from the 240th Assault Helicopter Company (Greyhounds) flying in support of Klamath Falls experienced a transmission failure in the Boa Loc Pass in Binh Thuan Province, RVN, causing the aircraft to crash and burn. There were no survivors. The lost crew included aircraft commander 1LT Haron L. Brown II, pilot WO1 William K. Clawson, crew chief SP5 Matthew P. Amaral III, and gunner SP4 Ronny K. Kindred. Reportedly, this aircraft was “Red X’ed” (grounded) the evening before by Amaral and another crew chief at Bearcat Base Camp after they detected a rubber seal failure on the input-output quill connecting the helicopter engine and transmission. The two crew chiefs determined sand had gotten behind the rubber seal causing the input-output oil reservoir to leak. They believed the leakage was serious enough to place the aircraft on a non-flyable status. Paperwork was turned into the flight tower, and they retired for the night. However, sometime before morning, the flightline Sergeant took the helicopter off Red-X status and put it back into service as a flyable helicopter. Around noon the following day, word got back to the base camp that a helicopter was lost. An inquiry into the accident was conducted with unreported results. A memorial service for the four lost crewmen was performed by the base chaplain at Bearcat in the days following the loss. [Taken from vhpa.org and information provided by Roger D. McLean (June 2022)]
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POSTED ON 10.1.2021
POSTED BY: Karen Reeves

Thank you Matt.

You were a friend to my father, William Reeves, who had a little girl at home.
You saved his life and for that I am forever grateful. He misses you and wishes you were enjoying life with your family. Thank you Matt. I wish we could have met....
Love, Karen Reeves
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POSTED ON 4.3.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

It is heart-breaking to view the pictures of you as a young boy and know how much of life you missed. As long as you are remembered you will never truly die....
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POSTED ON 11.29.2019
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Soldier.

Without people like you our great nation wouldn't exist.
Rest in peace SP5. Amaral.
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