Vehling, Robert Wayne, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1971-1972, 1981, 162nd Assault Helicopter Company
Service Years
1970 - 1972

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Greenwood
Last Address
Greenwood

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
An Xugen (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 096/Bld-C5 Sec-C Lvl-3 Sp-18

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 Unit Assignments
1st Aviation Brigade13th Aviation Battalion162nd Assault Helicopter Company164th Aviation Group
  1971-1972, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1971-1972, 1981, 13th Aviation Battalion
  1971-1972, 1981, 162nd Assault Helicopter Company
  1971-1972, 1981, 164th Aviation Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
  1971-1972 Vietnam War/Consolidation II Campaign (1971-72)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SHOT DOWN 14 KM SOUTH OF CA MAU (AKA QUAN LONG) WHILE ESCORTING CH-47 RESUPPLY MISSION 19720111
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Four men from the 162nd Assault Helicopter Company were killed when their UH-1C (tail number 65-09543) was shot down about 8 miles south of Ca Mau while providing gunship escort for CH-47s on a resupply sortie
CPT Robert W. Vehling, Greenwood, IN
WO John D. Eddy, Ann Arbor, MI
SGT Leonard H. Mantooth, Louisville, KY
SP5 Gary W. Tawney, Charleston, WV
   
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Allan Cease
acease@houston.rr.com
I flew with him in Can Tho, Vietnam
4722 Menlo Park Drive Sugar Land TX 77479 USA
It was an honor knowing you.
On 4 SEP 71, I had the privilege, while serving my first day as an Aircraft Commander of a slick in the 162nd ASSLT HEL CO., Vultures, in the U-Minh Forest area of IV Corps, South Vietnam, to rescue CPT Vehling and his crew from a hot LZ after they had been shot down on the first day of a major battle. When CPT Vehling was shot down, again, on 11 JAN 72, my former night gunner, Leonard Mantooth, died with him. It is my honor to have served with these men.
Feb 18, 2007



07 Sep 2005

I only knew him for three weeks before we were married. But from the first time I saw his smiling face, I knew he was different. He was an honest man who believed in what he was doing in Viet Nam. He loved his country and had decided to dedicate his life to serving in the Army.

He had an indomitable spirit which spread to all around him. After being shot during his first tour of duty and spending many months in the hospital, his physician told him that the wound he had suffered to his leg would probably keep him from walking as he had before. Bob made up his mind that he would walk as before, and he did ... he never used any kind of aid and always displayed his battle scar without reservation.

Although he has been gone for many years, in my mind's eye I can see his smiling face as it was over 34 years ago - Forever Young.

From his wife,
Sylvia A. Espinola
sespin2433@aol.com

 
   
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