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220th Aviation Company
—Catkiller Pilots and other Company Members and Friends—
Killed In Action and Missing In Action



1965

Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Fero
 

Warrant Officer Ronald "Ron" Miller Fero

 
  • Entered Service from Scotia, New York
  • Assigned to 1st Platoon—Quang Ngai
  • Casualty on 20 December 1965
  • Air Loss in Quang Ngai Province
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 04E Line 030
Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Shipman

Private First Class Marvin Leroy "Cowboy" Shipman

  • Entered Service from Sullivan, Illinois
  • Assigned to 1st Platoon—Quang Ngai
  • Casualty on 20 December 1965
  • Air Loss in Quang Ngai Province (Lost with "Ron" Fero)
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 04E Line 031


1966

Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Garth
Captain Robert Wilton Garth, Jr.

Captain Robert "Bob" Wilton Garth, Jr.

 
  • Entered Service from Madison, Georgia
  • Assigned to 1st Platoon—Quang Ngai
  • Casualty on 23 September 1966
  • Air Loss near Mo Duc in Quang Ngai Province
  • Posthumous Recommendations for the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross (No record of Awards)
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 11E, Line 002
HISTORICAL NOTE: “I was the Acting Company Commander of the 220th when MAJ Bill Schmale was in Hong Kong on R and R when Bob was KIA. I spent the night with the 1st Platoon at Quang Ngai after the memorial service and we shared a lot of memories and stories about Bob during the short time he was the platoon leader. As I recall, he was KIA near Mo Duc, a hot spot in the southern part of Quang Ngai Province. His Marine AO brought Bob and the aircraft home, and Kurt Lauer, as a wing man, helped guide and talk him down at Quang Ngai Airfield. I can still remember Dave Antonoplos giving me the debrief that he took from the AO. Gene Wilson”.


1967

Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Rugge
First Lieutenant Lloyd Taylor Rugge


First Lieutenant Lloyd Taylor Rugge

Silver Star madal image
  • Entered Service from North Hollywood, California
  • Assigned to 1st Platoon—Quang Ngai
  • Casualty on 26 January 1967
  • Air Loss near Duc Pho in Quang Ngai Province
  • Died while MIA—Body Recovered and Identified on 17 March 1967
  • Posthumous Award of the Silver Star
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 14E Line 082
1st Marine Division KIA/MIA rubbing, Berry
1LT William A. Berry, USMC


First Lieutenant William "Bill" Anthony Berry

 
  • Assigned to SubUnit 2, Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division at Chu Lai
  • Casualty on 5 March 1967
  • Air Loss in Quang Ngai Province
  • Posthumous Promotion to Captain
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 16E Line 018
Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Jermyn
Captain Bobby Ray Jermyn


Captain Bobby Ray Jermyn

 
  • Entered Service from Handsboro, Mississippi
  • Assigned to 2nd Platoon—Hue; then 4th Platoon, Dong Ha/DMZ
  • Casualty on 23 May 1967
  • Air Loss near Con Thien in Quang Tri Province
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 20E Line 090
Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Keeven
CWO Louis F. Keeven

Chief Warrant Officer Louis "Lou" Ferdinand Keeven



DFC medal image
  • Entered Service from Florissant, Missouri
  • Assigned to 1st Platoon—Quang Ngai;then 4th Platoon—Phu Bai / Dong Ha / DMZ
  • Distinguished Flying Cross awarded for action near Tam Ky
  • Casualty on 4 December 1967
  • Air Loss in Quang Tri Province
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 31E Line 035


1968

Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Kimsey
William Arthur Kimsey, Jr, deceased


Warrant Officer William Arthur "Butch" Kimsey, Jr.

 
  • Entered Service from Reliance, Tennessee
  • Assigned to 1st Platoon—Phu Bai/Dong Ha/DMZ
  • Casualty on 21 January 1968
  • Air Loss within the DMZ; O-1D, 66–13295
  • MIA until Presumptive Finding of Death to KIA on 11 January 1974
  • Remains Returned to United States on 1 January 1998—Identified on 19 July 2001
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 35E Line 007
3rd Marine Division KIA/MIA rubbing, Ramsay
CPT Charles J. Ramsey, USMC


Captain Charles James Ramsay ("Persevere Mike")



DFC medal image
  • Entered Service from Newark, New Jersey
  • Assigned to Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division at Dong Ha
  • Distinguished Flying Cross awarded for returning his pilot, CWO "Lou" Keeven, who had been KIA, to Quang Tri, 4 December 1967
  • Casualty on 21 January 1968
  • Air Loss within the DMZ (Lost with "Butch" Kimsey)
  • Carried as MIA until 20 June 1978
  • Posthumous Promotions to Lieutenant Colonel in that Status
  • Remains Returned to USA on 1 January 1998—Identified on 19 July 2001
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 35E Line 008
Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Bozarth
1LT Terrance Bozarth, 1968

First Lieutenant Terance "Terry" M. Bozarth

Silver Star madal image
  • Entered Service from Kettering, Ohio
  • Assigned to 2nd Platoon—Hue
  • Casualty on 22 February 1968
  • Air Loss near Hue in Thua Thien Province
  • Silver Star (Posthumous) - Battle of Hue
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 40E Line 058
Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Roulett
 

Specialist Fifth Class James Houston Roulette

 
  • Entered Service from Maryville, Tennessee
  • Assigned to Headquarters, Airfield Services Section, as a Fireman—Phu Bai
  • Casualty on 27 June 1968
  • Loss when a Rocket Attack hit Billets at Marble Mountain, Da Nang, Quang Nam Province—where he was enroute to R & R
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 54W Line 007 (Surname to be corrected)
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Major William O. Schmale, Catkiller 6


Major William "Bill" Otto Schmale


Legion of Merit image
  • Entered Service from Cullman, Alabama
  • Assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Aviation Battalion, 1st Infantry Division as Aviation Safety Officer
  • Casualty on 23 August 1968
  • Air Loss as Non-Crew Member aboard a Helicopter near Tay Ninh in Binh Long Province
  • Legion of Merit awarded for service as Executive Officer and Company Commander of the 220th, 1965–66
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 47W Line 053
Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Hartman
CPT Benjamin C. Hartman, Jr., 3rd Platoon Ldr, Quang Ngai

Captain Benjamin "Ben" C. Hartman Jr



DFC medal image
  • Entered Service from Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • Assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 17th Aviation Group
  • Casualty on 19 September 1968
  • Air Loss as Non-Crew Member aboard a Helicopter in Darloc Province
  • Formerly assigned to 220th Aviation Company, 3rd Platoon, Da Nang, 1965—66
  • Distinguished Flying Cross awarded for action at Binh Long Bridge near Da Nang
  • Posthumous Promotion to Major
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 43W Line 036
Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Harrison
CPT Lee Harrison, Catkiller 49


First Lieutenant Donald Lee Harrison


Silver Star madal image
  • Entered Service from Chamblee, Georgia
  • Assigned to 1st Platoon—Phu Bai / Dong Ha / DMZ
  • Casualty on 29 October 1968—Not Recovered
  • Air Loss North of the DMZ; O-1G, 57–6027
  • Posthumous Award of Silver Star
  • Posthumous Promotion to Major while MIA
  • MIA until 14 January 1980—Changed to "Died While Missing"
  • Remains have not been Repatriated—Still considered as MIA
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 40W Line 053

108th Arty Group Crest KIA/MIA rubbing, Bezold
1LT Steve Bezold, 220th Avn Co


First Lieutenant Steven Neil Bezold

 
  • Entered Service from Mc Kittrick, Missouri
  • Assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 94th Artillery, 108th Artillery Group
  • Casualty on 29 October 1968
  • Air Loss North of the DMZ (Lost with Lee Harrison)
  • Posthumous Promotion to Captain while in MIA status
  • Remains not Recovered—Still carried as MIA
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 40W Line 052



1969

Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Byrd
Captain Hugh McNeil Byrd, Jr


Captain Hugh McNeil "Mac" Byrd, Jr.

 
  • Entered Service from Berea, Kentucky
  • Assigned to 1st Platoon—Phu Bai/Dong Ha/DMZ
  • Casualty on 9 January 1969; O-1G, 51–5059
  • Air Loss due to Adverse Weather and Nightfall in Quang Tri Province
  • Declared MIA on 11 January 1969 after Termination of Search Effort
  • Presumptive Finding of Death on 11 January 1974
  • Remains Not Repatriated
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 35W Line 058


108th Arty Group Crest
KIA/MIA rubbing, Obrien
1LT Kevin O'Brien


First Lieutenant Kevin O´Brien

  • Entered Service from Farmingville, New York
  • Assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 94th Artillery, 108th Artillery Group
  • Casualty on 9 January 1969
  • Air Loss due to Adverse Weather and Nightfall in Quang Tri Province (Lost with "Mac" Byrd)
  • Declared MIA on 11 January 1969 after Termination of Search Effort
  • Presumptive Finding of Death on 7 March 1979
  • Posthumous Promotions to Major while MIA
  • Remains Not Repatriated
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 35W Line 061


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KIA/MIA virtual rubbing Watson


Captain David Warren Watson

  • Entered Service from Lubbock, Texas
  • Assigned to A Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 160th Aviation Group, 101st Airborne Division
  • Casualty on 25 April 1969
  • Air Loss after being hit resulting in a crash landing in the A Shau Valley
  • Formerly served in the 220th Aviation Company with the 1st Platoon at Quang Ngai—1966–67
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall – Panel 26W–Row 051
3rd Marine Division KIA/MIA rubbing, LaFromboise

1LT Mike LaFromboise, 12th Marines, 3rd MarDiv


First Lieutenant Michael "Mike" Stuart LaFrombosie

 
  • Entered Service from Seattle, Washington
  • Assigned to Headquarters Battery, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division
  • Casualty on 6 June 1969
  • Air Loss due to Hostile Ground Fire in Quang Tri Province
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 23W Line 088


1970

Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Garth
WO Larrie John Landersheim, 220th Avn Co

Warrant Officer Larrie John Landersheim


DFC image
  • Entered Service from Jacksonville, Florida
  • Assigned to 4th Platoon—Phu Bai / Dong Ha
  • Casualty on 23 May 1970
  • Air Loss as a Non-Crew Member on a Special Forces Command & Control helicopter in Quang Tri Province on reconnaissance for a planned future mission
  • Posthumous Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 10W Line 086


Catkillers patch, small
KIA/MIA rubbing, Garth
WO1 Lee R. Peters, home on leave before Vietnam

Warrant Officer Lee Raymond Peters


DFC medal image
  • Entered Service from Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Assigned to 4th Platoon—Phu Bai / Dong Ha / DMZ
  • Casualty on 30 July 1970
  • Air Loss due to Crash on Take-Off at Dong Ha (Cause Unknown)
  • Posthumous Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 08W Line 070

Lee R. Peters Newspaper Death Notice, Marshfield, Wisconsin, 3 August 1970


108th Arty Group Crest
KIA/MIA rubbing, Garth
1LT Forrest H. Hollifield, 108th Arty


First Lieutenant Forrest Hughy Hollifield

 
  • Entered Service from Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 108th Artillery Group
  • Casualty on 30 July 1970
  • Air Loss due to Crash on Take-Off from Dong Ha (Cause Unknown; Lost with Lee Peters)
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 08W Line 069

Find–A–Grave site for 1LT Hollifield, with extensive text from friends.



1971

Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Garth
Paul J. Bates, Jr., Catkiller


Captain Paul "PJ" Jennings Bates, Jr
(His Mother called him "Jay")

 
  • Entered Service from Mesa, Arizona
  • Assigned to 1st Platoon—Phu Bai
  • Casualty on 10 August 1971
  • Air Loss in Western Quang Tri Province; O-1G, 51–2267
  • After Unsuccessful Search and Rescue Effort—Classified as MIA
  • Presumptive Finding of Death on 6 February 1974
  • Remains have not been Recovered
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel 03W Line 127

Tribute by Helen F. Bates, mother of PJ Bates


101st Airborne patch
KIA/MIA rubbing, Garth
SSG Thomas Dolan, 101st Abn


Specialist Fifth Class Thomas Albert Dolan

  • Entered Service from Baltimore, Maryland
  • Assigned to 101st Military Intelligence Company, 101st Airborne Division
  • Casualty on 10 August 1971
  • Air Loss in Western Quang Tri Province (Lost with "PJ" Bates)
  • After Unsuccessful Search and Rescue Effort—Classified as MIA
  • Presumptive Finding of Death on 5 September 1978
  • Posthumous Promotion to Staff Sergeant
  • Remains have not been Recovered
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall Panel 03W Line 127
Catkillers patch, small KIA/MIA rubbing, Spann
CPT James Hall Spann, photo before Vietnam

Captain James "Jay" Hall Spann

  • Entered Service from Hayward, California
  • Assigned to 131st Military Intelligence Company (AS) [OV-1]—Phu Bai
  • Casualty on 26 November 1971
  • Air Loss, Non-Hostile, Crash over Land in Thua Thien Province (Cause Unknown)
  • Former member of 220th Aviation Company—Phu Bai—1971
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall Panel 02W Line 074
Catkillers patch, small temporary KIA/MIA rubbing, Caldwell
SSG Floyd Dean Caldwell

Staff Sergeant Floyd Dean Caldwell

 
  • Entered Service from St. Louis, Missouri
  • Assigned as an Aircraft Technical Inspector
  • Casualty on 14 December 1971
  • Air Loss over the South China Sea, possibly in Thua Thien Province
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall—Panel W2, Line 87

Gone — But Not Forgotten

some Vietnam conflict medals

Purple Heart—Air Medal—National Defense Service Medal—Vietnam Campaign—Vietnam Service

NOTE: Rubbings from the Vietnam Wall were done courtesy of
Dick Tobiason (1966—67) and Friends.

Please submit photographs for those who do not have one posted.
A thank you for sending ones better than any used here.

Compiler: Gene Wilson
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