Larraga, Angelo Gentry, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67A-Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 67A, 116th Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1968 - 1970

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1950
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Boston, MA
Last Address
1575 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Casualty Date
Aug 05, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Hope Cemetery - Mattapan, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08W 086/US Servicemen Extension Row 1-18

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 Unit Assignments
116th Aviation Company (AHC)212th Aviation Battalion1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 67A, 116th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1969-1970, 67A, 212th Aviation Battalion
  1969-1970, 67A, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In early August 1970, C Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry, 196th Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal), was on a company-sized search and clear operation in 1st Battalion’s area of tactical responsibility in Quang Tin Province, RVN. The understrength company marched off LZ Mary Ann on July 30th, a remote firebase near the Laotian border. These missions many times lasted up to month wherein C Company would patrol 8-10 hours a day and receive occasional resupply by helicopter. The area they patrolled was rough country, mostly triple-canopy jungle where the sky was obscured and the dense foliage made it that the troopers couldn’t see more than 30 feet in front them. At 11:50 AM on August 5, 1970, the company was patrolling near the hamlet of Thon Ba (6), 26 miles southwest of Tam Ky, when it received heavy AK-47 fire. The point element was checking out a hooch when “bullets began flying everywhere.” One C Company trooper was hit three times in the chest and died. Two others were wounded. The engagement ended when the enemy, North Vietnamese Army regulars, broke contact and fled. Inspecting the hooch afterwards, the Americans found it was filled with rifle cases. Apparently, the NVA had been trail watchers guarding the weapons. Later that day, at approximately 5:50 PM, a U.S. Army helicopter from the 116th Assault Helicopter Company (“Hornets”) arrived to remove three dead that C Company had suffered that day. The aircraft received 15-20 rounds of hostile small arms fire while in the landing zone. The door gunner, SP4 Angelo G. Larraga, was mortally wounded in the attack. He was dead on arrival at FSB Mary Ann. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Headquarters, MACV, Monthly Summary for August 1970; also, information provided by Jimmy Morrison (November 2018)]

   
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