Rohlinger, Joseph Earl, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
67A-Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 67A, 282nd Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Specialist 4

One Overseas Service Bar

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by CW2 Phillip M. Kemp (Mike) to remember Rohlinger, Joseph Earl, SP 4.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 01, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
06W 033

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

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Aviation Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
1st Aviation Brigade11th Aviation Group212th Aviation Battalion282nd Aviation Company (AHC)
  1970-1970, 67A, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1970, 67A, HHC, 11th Aviation Group
  1970-1970, 67A, 212th Aviation Battalion
  1970-1970, 67A, 282nd Aviation Company (AHC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 10, 2013, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Started Tour:  04/15/1970

According to the 282nd AHC Unit History, recorded on their website, a major typhoon hit the Danang area in Nov. 1970. Thirty inches of rain fell in 30 hours and the unit was tasked with rescuing flood victims. During this operation a door-gunner was killed by VC gunfire.

As this is the only fatality mentioned during that period, it seems safe to assume that this incident refers to the death of SP4 Joseph E. Rohlinger who did in fact serve as a door-gunner. (See Tribute below by his Crew Chief and best friend, SP5 Larry Ward).

The pilot was forced to make a running landing in the mud and the aircraft was a total loss. The entire crew was evacuated by other company aircraft and no one else was injured.

  Per Robert Sage as posted on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website:

SP4 Joseph E. Rohlinger is buried at Arlington National Cemetery

However, the Find A Grave website has no listing for him, at all.

And, the Arlington National Cemetery website has no listing for him, either.

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