Holz, Gary Leroy, CPL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Last Primary MOS
56A-Supply Handler
Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11th Aviation Group
Service Years
1966 - 1967


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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Auburn, Washington

Casualty Date
Oct 08, 1967
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Thuan (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mountain View Cemetery - Auburn, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27E 073

 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Door Gunner

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviation Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)U.S. Army
  1967-1967, A Company, 227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)
  1967-1967, 11th Aviation Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 5 October 1967, then PFC Holz was flying as a gunner aboard a UH-1D (tail number 66-16803), based at LZ Betty, while flying in trail formation on a final approach at approximately 100 feet altitude, suddenly pitched up to 90 degrees nose high attitude, then rolled right, then inverted, crashing and burning in a troop area. The suspected cause of the accident was a trunnion bearing failure on the main rotor pitch control. The crash resulted in fatal injuries for the crewmen.  He died of his injuries 3 days later.

WO1 Ralph E. Bowen (AC)
WO1 Donald R. Phipps (P)
PFC Stanley R. Uding (CE)
CPL Gary L. Holz (G) (DOW)
Gary Holz in Fatal Viet 'Copter Crash
Gary Le Roy Holz, 22, former resident of 812 26th St. S. E., Auburn, died in Vietnam, Sunday, as a result of burns and injuries received in a helicopter Crash. . .

Born in Fargo ND, 17 May 1945, he moved to the Steel Lake area in 1952, attended Washington Elementary, Cascade Junior High and graduated from Auburn High School in 1963.

Gary worked for Glenn Rockey Construction Company, two years before enlisting in the Army, 7 Sep 1965. He had his basic training at Fort Lewis and volunteered for duty in Vietnam last April.

Shot down earlier in Vietnam, he was a helicopter gunner with the 227th Combat Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division . . .  
(Auburn Globe-News 11 Oct 1967)

Remembrance for Gary Holz
by Tom Johnson (eyewitness) and Bruce Swander (Researcher)
On 5 Oct 1967, Holz climbed aboard a UH-1H helicopter as a door gunner, along with two pilots and a crew chief. Holz, a supplyman by training, apparently wanted to get into some of the action. While his records show that he was with Headquarters (HHC), he was actually with A Company that day when they went to take off.

The location was Landing Zone (LZ) Betty, near Phan Thiet, the capital of Binh Thuan Province - NE of Saigon on the South China Sea. This particular helicopter was new, and had just been upgraded from a UH-1D to a -1H to increase it's power and speed. They were scrambling to go pick up some troops and insert them just north of Phan Thiet where contact had been made.

Just after takeoff, something mechanical went awry with the main rotor - causing it to invert and crash. (No...helicopters cannot fly upside down) Pfc Holz was the only survivor, but died of wounds sustained three days later on 8 Oct 1967. (Emails from Tom Johnson and Bruce Swander, 19 Aug 2003  http://www.facesfromthewall.com/1967oct.html#holzga)

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