Sickler, Harry Joseph, SP 4 Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
67N-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1964-1964, 67N, USARV/MACV Support Comand
Service Years
1963 - 1964
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Specialist 4


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1944
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Lanesville
Last Address
Lanesville

Casualty Date
Nov 01, 1964
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Not Specified
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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01E 070

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 Unit Assignments
145th Aviation Battalion/Regiment/118th Assault Helicopter CompanyUSARV/MACV Support Comand
  1963-1964, 67N, 145th Aviation Battalion/Regiment/118th Assault Helicopter Company
  1964-1964, 67N, USARV/MACV Support Comand
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  1964-1964 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign
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SP4 Harry J. Sickler was a 20 year old U.S. Army Soldier who was killed during the Vietnam War.  SP4 Sickler, was killed in the mortar attack on Bien Hoa Airbase that took place about 12:26 a.m. on 1 Nov 1964.

Four others were also killed in the attack: Richard Perley Bubar, Thomas Joseph Hanley, Ronald Thomas O'Keefe and LTC Thomas Daniel Whitlock.  The following Soldiers were seriously wounded: PFC James L. Austin of Evington, Virginia; SP4 Frank Black of Summerville, Georgia; and PFC Darryl D. Eddy of Corpus Christi, Texas.

SP4 Sickler was a member of the 573rd Transportation Detachment, 118th Attack Helicopter Company, 145th Aviation Battalion, U.S. Army Support Command Vietnam.

Service Number:  12674839

SP4 Sickler is buried at Shandaken Rural Cemetery in Ulster County, New York.  Find A Grave Memorial:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56882298

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Two days before the U.S. presidential election, Vietcong mortars shell Bien Hoa Air Base near Saigon. Four Americans are killed, 76 wounded. Five B-57 bombers are destroyed, and 15 are damaged.

In the early hours of November 1st 1964, the Bien Hoa Air Base, situated 12 miles North of Saigon, came under fierce rocket and mortar fire from the Viet Cong. A squadron of B-57 bombers was immobilized, with 5 destroyed, and a further 15 damaged. Four U.S. servicemen and two Vietnamese were killed, and a further 76 [the precise number varies between accounts] were wounded in the attack.

U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, General Maxwell Taylor, immediately noted that this was a “deliberate act of escalation” that “should be met promptly by an appropriate act of reprisal”. The Joint Chiefs thought a single response was too limited, and recommended a series of retaliatory strikes. However, no reprisal attacks were ordered. The South Vietnamese government was extremely unstable, having undergone continuous shuffling and jockeying for position since the assassination of President Diem the previous November, and the U.S. presidential election was only two days away (November 3rd, 1964). It was feared that reprisal attacks may have an undue effect on both of these political situations.

 
   
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Sources:

http://www.virtualwall.org/ds/SicklerHJ01a.htm

http://www.118ahc.org/OtherKIAs.htm

http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=47384

 
   
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