Vaspory, William Louis, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67A-Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 67A, 121st Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1968 - 1970


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by 1LT Denny Eister to remember Vaspory, William Louis, SGT.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dayton , OH
Last Address
Dayton , OH

Casualty Date
Apr 02, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Dayton Memorial Park - Dayton, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 085

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
13th Aviation Battalion1st Aviation Brigade121st Aviation Company (AHC)164th Aviation Group
  1969-1970, 67A, 13th Aviation Battalion
  1969-1970, 67A, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 67A, 121st Aviation Company (AHC)
  1969-1970, 67A, 164th Aviation Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
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On 02 Apr 1970 UH-1H (tail number 66-16991) was hit in the cabin by a B-40 rocket, crashed, and burned. The pilot, WO Ed Skuza, and the copilot, name unknown, survived with injuries but five others died:
  • Aircrew, 121st AHC
    • SP5 Clyde L. Coffman, Warrensburg, MO (DoW 04/04/1970)
    • SGT William L. Vaspory, Dayton, OH
    • SP4 Thomas J. Silva, Napa, CA (DoW 04/03/1970)

  • MACV Advisor Team 71
    • 1LT Henry N. Rockower, Merion Station, PA, MACV Advisor Team 71
    • 1LT Si, ARVN (full name not known)
UH-1H 66-16991 was named "Tiger Surprise" and had been with the 121st since January 1969. There are several mentions of "Tiger Surprise" to be found on the Internet.


Tiger Surprise
Photos courtesy of Sergeant
31 Dec 2006

William (Lajos as we called him) was my cousin on my father's side. I am Janet "Tomi" nee Orban the daughter of John Orban who was related to William's father, Albert Vaspory through his mother, Victoria nee Vaspory.

I have many fond memories of William in our childhood days as his family visited with mine frequently in the coalfields of West Virginia where I grew up. I did not know my Uncle Al's first wife or children - I only knew William's family which was his brother Michael, sister Christine and his mother, my Aunt Liz.

I did not know the entire circumstances of his death until I found this website. I do appreciate the information as we were all very close as young children.

I appreciate the opportunity to use this forum to say goodby to him and pay my fondest respects. My he rest in peace.

From his cousin,
Janet Mead

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