Connelly, Richard John, CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 2

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Long Beach, CA
Last Address
Long Beach, CA

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Ba Xugen (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
All Souls Cemetery - Long Beach, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
13W 061

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
336th Aviation Company (AHC)164th Aviation Group1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 100B, 336th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1969-1970, 100B, 164th Aviation Group
  1969-1970, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Then WO1 Richard Connelly was the pilot aboard a UH-1D (tail number 65-12885). call sign "Lucky Strike" operating out of Soc Trang Army Air Field. Flight class: 69-1. On a night operation, the aircraft was downed by a B-40 rocket, exploded, and crashed. All 4 crewmen and 1 passenger were killed.

Crew Members:
SPr Ronald L. McCormick (G)
SP5 Daniel V. Proctor (G)
SP5 Ronald W. Stafford (CE)
SP4 Gary L. Swartz (C)
WO1 Richard J. Connelly (AC)
WO1 James T. Pace (CP)

Links: (full description of the incident)

William Ferguson: Rich, you and I had many conversations together while in Viet Nam and those memories will stay with me forever. I can still hear the mild lisp with which you spoke. You loved to fly but hated the Army BS and some of the seemingly dumb things we had to put up with. Why did I come home alive while your family and friends mourned your far too premature passing? We flew together on several occasions and when awakened in the early hours of morning I remember you and the crew who perished that fateful night and weep at our loss. You are not forgotten and I am happy that someone is close enough and so very thoughtful to tend your grave. Rest in peace my brother.

Mike Hassett: I remember Rick growing up in Long Beach. He was a year below me at St. Cornelius grammar school. We were in the Boy Scouts together and played sports. His dad was the scoutmaster and the baseball coach. He was a great dad to Rick, his brother, and to all of us boys in the scouts and on the baseball team. Rick was a funny guy and also very smart. We were in the Boy Scouts and in the Explorer Scouts. I remember when we went camping in the Sierras when I was about 15. We had a great time fishing, hiking, and dealing with a stubborn burro. I went off and joined the Marines after high school. Rick a few years later joined the Army. I had just gotten back from my tour in Viet Nam when I got the news Rick had been killed. I remember the ceremony at the cemetery. Mr. Connelly, one of the best fathers in the world, had to deal with the worst thing a father ever had to deal with, the death of his son. Rick was a fine man, raised by wonderful father. Thank you, Guillermo, for wanting to know about Rick and what he was like. Thank your mother for taking care of the tombstone. The next time I am in Long Beach I will be sure to visit Rick's grave. He gave everything. Thank you and your mother for taking care of him.

Guillermo  Vazquez: You will always be remembered. I never knew Richard, nor was I born during the war, but I've been to his grave site on many occasions my great-grandparents and grandmother are buried a row above his. My mom told me that when my grandmother was alive and would visit her parents grave sites, she noticed that his grave site would rarely have flowers and his gravestone tended to be dirty, so she began to clean his gravestone and put flowers on his grave whenever she visited her parents grave sites in a way, my grandmother adopted Richard, without ever knowing who he was. Now when my mom goes to the cemetery, she does the same, cleans his gravestone and puts flowers on his grave. And now I do the same whenever I visit the grave sites of my great-grandparents and grandmother, I stop by his grave and pay my respects. If anybody knew him, please do post some info about him on this site and post a few pictures. I would like to know more about him.

Theresa Callahan: Rick was a classmate of mine for eight years at St. Cornelius School in Long Beach, California. He was a funny, feisty, good-hearted Irish kid. He was the first person I knew who died in Vietnam. I remember reading about his death in the parish bulletin: just a few lines. I have never forgotten that moment. I was a student at UCLA, and I couldn't get over the idea that he had died so young . . and so far from home. As a college instructor, I talk about him every semester to my students. With the recent two American casualties in Afghanistan, I was forcefully reminded that Rick had died in a helicopter crash. That's why I wanted to look him up on this site. I have never visited the Vietnam Memorial in DC, but I knew that if I ever had the chance, his is the name I would have looked for. Thank you for making information about him available. I hope his family knows that Rick has never been forgotten. 


My mother and father, are buried next, to Richard at All Soul's, Cemetery, in Long Beach, CA.. When I saw his headstone, I wondered how, this young soldier, lost his life. I too, was also in college, when he served and died. Richard, is another reminder, of those, who have given ALL, for this country. Thank you, to this site, in giving me, information, about him. Wish there was, a photo.

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