Petric, John Anthony, MAJ

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Last Primary MOS
2520-Training Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 2520, 191st Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1961 - 1969



Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 02, 1969
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Dinh Tuong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Kettering, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30W 015

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 1st Aviation Brigade

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
162nd Assault Helicopter Company191st Aviation Company (AHC)
  1968-1969, 2520, 162nd Assault Helicopter Company
  1969-1969, 2520, 191st Aviation Company (AHC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major Petric was based at Dong Tam near My Tho City, was the CO of the 191st Assault Helicopter Company. He and 6 other men were killed by the direct hit of a mortar round on the flight operations building during a particularly fierce night attack by VC..

He had previously been based with the 407th Transportaion Detachment,  162nd Assault Helicopter Company.

Those killed:
Major John A. Petric, Company Commander
1st Lt.  Dennis S. Coker
1st Lt. Carl L. Radtke, Admin Officer
SP5 Robert L. Heinmiller
SP4 Carl S. Douglas
SP4 George R. Lovellette

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major (Transportation Corps) John Anthony Petric, United States Army, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force while serving with the 191st Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Brigade, in the Republic of Vietnam on 2 March 1969. Major Petric distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions during an enemy mortar attack on the 191st Assault Helicopter Company.

As soon as the hostile rounds started coming in, he made his way to the Company Operations building to assist with the evacuation of wounded personnel. Upon learning that a man had been wounded on the flight line, he volunteered to evacuate the wounded man. Once the man was safely in the medical facilities, he made his way back to the Company area. Major Petric then began checking for damage to the critical equipment in the immediate vicinity. As he was making a final tally of the damaged aircraft, a mortar round landed in the area and mortally wounded him.

His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 1519 (April 4, 1969)
Action Date: March 2, 1969
Service: Army
Rank: Major
Company: 191st Assault Helicopter Company
Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade
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