From the Farmington Press. Memorial Service for Reg Cleve, Minuteman 21. Please share
Reginald David Cleve
Memorial Dedication Ceremonies
Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 1:00pm CT **ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 12:30pm**
Dedication Ceremony – Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125
Phone number: 314-845-8320
Friday, March 23, 2018 – 12:30pm CT
Hospitality Room – Farmington VFW
814 E. Karsch Blvd. Farmington, MO 63640
Phone Number: 573-756-8852
Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 11:00am CT
Dedication Ceremony – St. Francois County Courthouse, Farmington, MO
12 W. Columbia St, Farmington, MO 63640 the ceremony will take place across the street.
Thursday events (March 22, 2018)
Since we have no idea of how many people will attend the ceremony, the people at Jefferson Barracks have asked us to gather at the park across from the cemetery. Once we are all there, they will escort the motorcade to shelter (#6) where the ceremony will take place. After the ceremony, for those interested in viewing the plaque that has been placed in Reg’s honor, we will be escorted to Columbarium C where the plaque is located.
Directions to park where we will meet to be escorted to ceremony:
Going toward the cemetery, after turning off to Telegraph Road you will be on Sheridan Road. Go about .3 of a mile and you will see Sylvan Springs Road. The park and parking area are on the left. Look for a sign that says” Cleve’s Meet Here”. This is where we should gather so the personnel at Jefferson Barracks will have some idea of the number attending the ceremony. From here we will be escorted everywhere we will be going. Please be there by 12:30pm, they have a VERY tight time schedule with very little wiggle room.
Friday Events (March 23, 2018)
We have arranged a hospitality room at the Farmington VFW. The doors will open at 12:30pm and will remain open until everyone gets tired and goes home. The hospitality room is for anyone who would like to hang out, talk and get to know more about Reg and his friends. We will have light snacks available. The VFW would like us to purchase drinks from their bar.
Saturday Events (March 24, 2018)
The Dedication ceremony at St. Francois County Courthouse will take place at 11:00am on the south side of the courthouse on Columbia Street. There will not be any seating provided, so if you need to sit, please bring your own chairs.
On Saturday after the ceremony in Farmington we are having a luncheon for family, friends also you and ALL of you fellow servicemen and wives are also invited. Please pass along to the invitation to all of your fellow servicemen.
address to luncheon: Twin Oaks Winery
6470 Hwy. 'F'
Farmington, MO 63640
WO Reg Cleve-Minuteman 21 and WO Don West-Minuteman 22 - slick pilots, roommates, and good friends. Don looks short in this picture because Reg was so tall. Picture contributed by Don West.
Reginald D. Cleve, Minuteman 21, with Maryann. Maryann was Don Culler's pet macaque. Company area at the old MAG 13 area 1970. Picture contributed by Carl Zipperer.
Info for those who will be heading to Missouri for Reg Cleve's memorial(s), the expected weather outlook:
Occasional afternoon rain
Clouds and sunshine
A little afternoon rain
Sad to announce the passing of Minuteman 19 (1970-71). We all just knew him affectionately as Lightnin'. Wayne Resemius died of cancer 12 OCT 2016.
Memorial Service Announcement for Reginald David Cleve Please share and notify friends who are not on Facebook.
*Updated with event details 02/17/2018*
*Please note updated time for the Jefferson Barracks event.
THERE WILL BE TWO MEMORIAL EVENTS BOTH WITH MILITARY HONORS CEREMONY
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018...
Place: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Rd, St Louis, MO 63125
Time: 1300 HRS
The family will have a dedication ceremony for a memorial marker placed in the cemetery in memory of Reginald David Cleve. The service will include a Military Honors Ceremony. The local Patriot Guard Riders will be in attendance to pay respects.
Those who served with Reg, all members of the 176th AHC, flight school classmates, and friends of Reg Cleve are invited to attend. Memorial service attendees who served with Reg will be given an opportunity to share remembrances during the service if they wish.
Since there is no idea of how many people will attend the ceremony the people at Jefferson Barracks have asked us to gather at the park across from the cemetery and once we are all there they will escort the motorcade to shelter (#6) where the ceremony will take place. After the ceremony. attendees will be escorted to Columbarium C to view the plaque that has been placed for Reginald.
DIRECTIONS: Going to the cemetery, after turning off Telegraph Road you will be on Sheridan Road. Go about .3 of a mile and you will see Sylvan Springs Road and the park and parking area on the left. This is where we should gather so the personnel at Jefferson Barracks will have some idea of the number attending the ceremony. From there we will be escorted to where we will be going. Please be there by 12:30, they have a VERY tight time schedule with very little wiggle room.
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Place: St. Francois County Courthouse
1 N Washington St, Farmington, MO 63640
Time: 1100 HRS
The family will have a dedication ceremony for a memorial plaque placed at the courthouse in memory of Reginald David Cleve. The service will include a Military Honors Ceremony. The local Patriot Guard Riders will be in attendance to pay respects.
Those who served with Reg, all members of the 176th AHC, flight school classmates, and friends of Reg Cleve are invited to attend. Memorial service attendees who served with Reg will be given an opportunity to share memories and remembrances during the service if they wish.========
March 22, 2018, will be the 47th anniversary of the shootdown loss of US Army helicopter UH-1H 68-15759 near Route 9 (XD552370) in Xepon District, Savannakhet Province, Laos, in 1971. The crew members were: Aircraft Commander WO Reginald David Cleve, Pilot WO John Grove Traver, Crew Chief SPC Donald Paul Knutsen, and Gunner SPC Walter Ray Hall. The remains of the crew have never been found.
Thanks to Chuck Fatheree for pointing out this picture.
Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument in Arlington National Cemetery to be dedicated April 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and... Crewmember Monument will be dedicated in a formal ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM.
The monument will honor the nearly 5,000 helicopter pilots and crewmembers killed during the Vietnam War, and is the only monument established to honor all who died operating rotary-wing aircraft in what is frequently called, “the Helicopter War.”
During the Vietnam War the helicopter became the mainstay for joint operational mobility. Approximately 12,000 helicopters operated in the combat zone and were used by all military services: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Of this number, 5,086 were destroyed.
Arlington National Cemetery holds the greatest cluster of helicopter casualties from the Vietnam War made up of immediate casualties, Medal of Honor recipients, and the remains of MIAs recovered in the decades after the war ended in 1975.
First submitted in August, 2014, the monument proposal was initially rebuffed by Army officials citing limited space in the national military cemetery. Public outcry and Congressional interest led to bipartisan legislation, the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, championed by U.S. Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV-2), and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK).
The April 18, 2018 dedication ceremony will see Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Families, and helicopter combat crewmembers rejoin to honor friends lost in combat. “With more than 40 years having passed since the end of the Vietnam War, I’m pleased to know this group of deserving veterans will finally receive proper recognition – an honor that is long overdue,” said Congressman Amodei.
For more info, contact Bob Hesselbein at email@example.com or
(608) 628 – 9024.
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First US helicopter shot down in Vietnam. February 04, 1962
RIP COL Benjamin S. Silver
For those of you who served in the 176th AHC 1970-71, you might remember White Charger 6, the CO of the 16th Combat Aviation Group. COL Benjamin S. Silver, who passed away on August 26, 2017.
Scotty Reed, Musket 33, why did you blow smoke in his face the day he decided to do a pilot breath check on the flight line?...
Stump, Minuteman 18, did you realize that you had a T/R failure before he climbed up on your skid toe and told you that you had? Good of him to give you that Broken Wing Award after you successfully maneuvered a safe landing following a tail rotor failure with three 360s on takeoff from POL at Chu Lai East.
During the Kham Duc offensive of 1970, he was the "Bald headed eagle directing traffic in POL" on the ground at Kham Duc.
There's lots more. Almost anyone who had any type of contact with him or served when he commanded the 16th CAG can relate a story about him.
VHPA 2018 Reunion Information
Be sure to register early for VHPA’s 35th Annual Reunion in Atlanta, GA July 3 - 7, 2018 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA! Events will sell out quickly so Register Early!
The following message was received today from Kenneth Cox, the eldest son of 1SG Philip H. Cox. 1SG Cox was Chief TI (Tech Inspector) and deployed to Vietnam from Ft Benning, GA with the 176th Aviation CO in 1967.
--I am taking this time to finally try to let the members of the 176th AHC know of the passing of 1SG (R) Phillip H. Cox. Dad passed on 16 December 2017 after an 18 month battle with cancer.--
Marv Adams, Minuteman 22, 1969, would like you to support the restoration of a VN Era Huey UH-1 by making a donation and helping spread the word.
Lessons learned, and still to be considered. It's a part of you and of this country forever.