Devaney, Brian John, CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100E-Attack Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 100E, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Service Years
1968 - 1970

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 2

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT Dave Stutesman to remember Devaney, Brian John, CW2.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 30, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10W 120

 Official Badges 

1st Aviation Brigade

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
1st Aviation Brigade170th Assault Helicopter Company 17th Aviation Group52nd Aviation Battalion
MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
  1968-1970, 100E, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1968-1970, 100E, 170th Assault Helicopter Company
  1968-1970, 100E, HHC, 17th Aviation Group
  1968-1970, 100E, 52nd Aviation Battalion
  1970-1970, 100E, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Glover made it all the way back to the 71st, despite the fact the chopper was falling apart, and as soon as they landed, BJ was rushed inside to the emergency surgery room. A few moments later, a nurse came outside to where Glover and Talmadge stood waiting, with tear filled eyes, announced CWO Brian Devaney was dead! The Doctor at the 71st Evac Hospital, explained to the crew that a remnant of a large caliber round had come through the side of BJ’s Chicken Plate, and bounced back into his body, striking his heart. The Doctor told them that BJ had died nearly instantly. Talmadge argued that the later was not true, he sworn he had felt a pulse while he was giving BJ CPR in the helicopter on the way to the 71st. Hoffman argued that he had seen BJ remove his flight glasses shortly after lifting off from the LZ. Regardless, BJ was dead.

The death of Brian Devaney hit the unit hard, and many of us still have tremendous problems over his death. Not only was the brave pilot of the 170th well loved and respected, his flying the mission on the 30th, and therefore his death, was not suppose to have happened. When BJ was entering the LZ at The Bra, to retrieve the SF Team, he was supposed to be processing out of the 170th to return to the United States after 18 months of harrowing and courageous flying. His death was a direct result of practicing what he preached to all those pilots he had trained for the special 170th missions - "if you take them in, you bring them out. They are our responsibility, and that’s what we are all about!"

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 10W 120

Service #  305485072

Start of Tour  11/25/1968

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