Harry, Clifford Robert, CW3

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
062D-Helicopter Pilot Medium Transport
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 062D, 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (Airmobile)
Service Years
1943 - 1965

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 3

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 22, 1965
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 130

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US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge (Original)

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Marine Corps Reserve, US Marine CorpsStaff and Faculty Battalion, Primary Helicopter Center and School228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (Airmobile)
  1945-1952, US Marine Corps Reserve, US Marine Corps
  1956-1956, 1981, Staff and Faculty Battalion, Primary Helicopter Center and School
  1965-1965, 062D, 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (Airmobile)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1952-1953 Korean War
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Additional information about this casualty: 
Contracted an unusual strain of malaria that the doctors were unable to diagnose for some time. He remained in the company area several days after he got sick and was finally evacuated to Hawaii. He died in route. He was the first pilot to die in the company after it arrived in Vietnam.

According to his service record he actually died while aboard a medevac flight between Okinawa and Japan.

His gravemarker says "World War II - Korea - Vietnam" and he did in fact serve in all three conflicts during a somewhat different career: He went through Navy flight school during WW2 and was commissioned in the Marines, serving on active duty until 31 Jan 45. From 01 Feb 45 through 30 Apr 52 he was not on active duty but stayed in the USMC Reserves.

From 01 May 52 through 30 Jun 56 he was assigned to HMX-1 (USMC helo test and eval squadron). Record shows Korean service during period 14 Sep 52 thru 10 Jun 53. I've found that HMX-1 put a 4-aircraft detachment in Korea, and he must have been with it. At some point he was promoted to Captain (O-3).

He separated from the Marines on 30 Jun 56 and entered the Army the following day with a permanent appointment to WO-2 and a temporary appointment as Captain (O-3); he then went through Army helo school at Fort Rucker, earning MOS 1981. Between 11 Oct 56 and Jan 1962 he served with various Army units as both a rotary and fixed wing aviator.

On 18 Jun 59 he was promoted to Major, US Army Reserve.

On 14 Jan 1962 he reverted to his permanent appointment (WO-2) with MOS 062B (WO, rotary wing pilot). On 20 Jun 63 he was promoted to Warrant Officer 3.

On 27 Jun 65 he joined A Co, 228th Avn Bn and deployed to RVN with that unit with MOS 062D.

According to the last entry in his record he died 22 Oct 65 between Okinawa and Japan.

Oddly, his gravemarker doesn't show the highest rank he held, but simply says "CWO".

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