Dungee, Rudolph Francis, WO1

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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
062B-Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Warrant Officer 1


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Phoenixville
Last Address
Phoenixville

Casualty Date
Feb 13, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
East Vincent Reformed Cemetery - Spring City, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15E 024

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 Unit Assignments
U.S. Army227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)
  1967-1967, 11th Aviation Group
  1967-1967, 227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)
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Last Known Activity
Last Name DUNGEE
Given Names RUDOLPH FRANCIS

Date of Birth 19460307 03/07/1946
Service A Army
Component V Reserve
Rank WO Warrant Officer
Grade and posthumous promotion W1
Service Occupation 062B Undefined Code
Actual Date of Casualty
Actual Date of Death 19670213 02/13/1967
Tour Date 670110 01/10/1967
Posthumous decoration
Casualty Type A2 Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason B Air Loss, Crash - Land
Air no Air 5 Helicopter - Crew
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 07 Binh Dinh
Casualty Location

B/227th AHB, 1st Cav Div

Major command, eg division or brigade 1st Cav Div
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit B Co
Battalion or similar level unit 227th Assault Hel Bn

Home of Record City PHOENIXVILLE
Home of Record State Code Pennsylvania

Panel 15E
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RUDOLPH FRANCIS DUNGEE
Army - WO - W1
Age: 20
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Mar 7, 1946
From: PHOENIXVILLE, PA
Religion: PROTESTANT
Marital Status: Married
WO - W1 - Army - Reserve
1st Cav Div

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Jan 10, 1967
Casualty was on Feb 13, 1967
In , SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds, HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
   
Comments/Citation
  I STILL MISS YOU
Posted for: RUDOLPH FRANCIS DUNGEE:
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Rudy was my cousin. I remember the day that we got the news that he had been killed. I know that none of us have ever gotten over his death. He will remain in our hearts forever.
Posted by: Cynthia Dunne, cousin
Email:
cindy0517@comcast.net
Relationship: Cousin
Saturday, January 3, 2004



Erin Dungee
dshbrdcnfssnl6@aol.com
Niece
PA USA
http://www.flyarmy.org/K10573.HTM

I'm 16. I never met my uncle, as he died prior to my birth. Currently, in my English class, we are reading the book "Fallen Angels" and we have a project to "Find a Fallen Angel". I picked my uncle, of course, because he was the closest person I could find information about. It's funny, I know him better in records and computer logs than I ever did learning about him from my family, which is sad. Whenever I would ask my father about him, her would well up and not be able to speak. I find this whole thing tragic, one because I never got to even meet my uncle. Two, because the memory of him has been lost. After he died, my family pushed his memory away and never talked about him. I'm actually really glad that I am researching my uncle. It gives me a chance to actually find out what really happened instead of the lame "his helicopter was shot down" cop out. I really wish I had met him. Uncle Rudy, you're in my thoughts.
Monday, April 04, 2005
  Contact Information
Posted for: RUDOLPH FRANCIS DUNGEE:
My father, Don Walker, was the aircraft commander on the helicopter that crash with Rudy on board. He has located the gunner/crew chief and would like to make contact with any of Rudy's family.
Posted by: Ken Walker
Email:
kenwalker@austin.rr.com
Relationship:
Saturday, April 28, 2007
  Area Soldier, Pilot Are Killed in Action
Posted for: RUDOLPH FRANCIS DUNGEE:
A 20-year-old Army pilot from Phoenixville died Monday in Vietnam, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.
The pilot was Warrant Officer Rudolph F. Dungee, husband of the former Constance Dobson, of 1334 Charlestown rd., and father of their 5-month-old daughter, Deborah Ann.
Warrant Officer Dungee died when his helicopter was shot down by small-arms fire while on a resupply mission. He had arrived in Vietnam a month ago as a pilot with the 227th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division.
He attended Germantown High School and was graduated in 1965 from Phoenixville Area High School.
Surviving in addition to his wife and child are his parents, Rudolph E. and Catherine; six brothers, Richard, William, James, Paul, Francis and John; four sisters, Joanne, Kathleen, Diane and Rosemary, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Maloney.

Article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Februarry 16, 1967. The other area soldier mentioned in the article was Army PFC Leonard S. Pelullo, of Philadelphia, PA.
Posted by: Jim McIlhenney
Email:
christianamacks@comcast.net
Relationship: Native Pennsylvanian & VietVet
Friday, September 12, 2003
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Posted for: RUDOLPH FRANCIS DUNGEE:
I only knew Rudy for a short time. We worked together for a small company that my next door neighbor owned. I was still in school and only working part time. Rudy was a little older and I sort of looked up to him. He, in turn, seemed to look out for me and keep me from getting into trouble at the work site. One of my most memorable experiences was the time that he picked me up in his car and took me to Willow Grove Park for the day, taking pity on this young nerd. Rudy was the kind of person that you could know for just a short while, but the memories last a lifetime. God bless you.
Frank Walsh
Posted by: Frank Walsh
Email:
Relationship: friend/fellow worker
Friday, January 22, 19
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Steve Dobson
STEVVD@AOL.COM

nephew
Coatesville, PARudy was married to Connie Dobson Dungee and they had a daughter Deborah Dungee.I would like to hear from anyone that served with or knew Rudy to send me an email. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Connie {Dungee} Rennie,she possibly remarried, i would like to hear from you also. I have a son that I want to let him know about his hero uncle.I never got to know Rudy since he was killed the year I was born. Please forward any information you can to me.
Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Helicopter UH-1D 65-09924


 

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09924
The Army purchased this helicopter 0666
Total flight hours at this point: 00000494
Date: 02/12/1967
Incident number: 67021222.KIA
Unit: B/227 AVN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply , to Forward Area.
While Enroute this helicopter was Unknown at 0050 feet and 100 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 28 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM, 14.5MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Tail Section
Systems damaged were: ENGINE, HYDRAULIC SYS, FUEL SYS, GEAR BOX, PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Additional crash damage
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, UH1P2, 72198 (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC 1LT WALKER DONALD S
P WO1
DUNGEE RUDOLPH FRANCIS KIA


War Story:
I have been looking for information for years concerning who my pilot was that got killed that day. I am so excited that I cannot hardly type this e-mail. I tried to block out a lot that happened on 02/12/67 but I cannot. I am trying to find my gunner (Charles Ingraham). I wish I could see AC Donald Walker/Ingraham/and the other that helped out that day. I was awarded the Silver Star/Purple Heart for combat action and injuries that day. I could not get Dungee out because it was to hot in the LZ, but I did not leave him. That was the worst day of my life. Dungee was torn up in the crash. I remember hearing him continuously calling for help. We assured him that we were still with him, but I could not get him out because it was to many bullets flying near us. Gary, what do I do from here? I am seeing a psychiatrist to this very day because I cannot forget. I mean this is forty years later. I have suffered greatly and so has my family. My sons hardly ever talk to me because of my PTSD. I have put my claims in for my condition and only receive 80%. I have been from job to job. I am a very angry person. you name it and I have done it. I remember when we were taken to the hospital and they brought Dungee out on a strecher. He gave us thumbs up, and all this time I thought he died in front of my face because he dropped his arm sharply. I was sent back to my unit with my wounds. I was hurting so bad that day and my platoon sgt. came into my tent and asked me what I was doing in the company. I told him this is where they sent me. I was immediately taken to Quinnon Hospital and then flown to Camp Zama Japan. I wish I could meet his family if they are still alive. I know Dungee was married. I have to stop now because I have cried for forty years. And It is tough to recall that day. I wanted him (DUNGEE) so badly to live. Ret. SFC James N. Cornish USA, (B/227 AHB 1 CAV DIV.) "KILLER SPADES"

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