Villa, Raul, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67N20-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 67N20, 116th Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Specialist 4

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Laredo , TX
Last Address
Laredo , TX

Casualty Date
May 09, 1967
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Calvary Catholic Cemetery - Laredo, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
19E 076

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Aviation Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
12th Aviation Group116th Aviation Company (AHC)11th Aviation Battalion1st Aviation Brigade
  1966-1967, 67N20, 12th Aviation Group
  1966-1967, 67N20, 116th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1966-1967, 67N20, 11th Aviation Battalion
  1966-1967, 67N20, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Monday will mark the 49th anniversary of the death of Raul Villa. On May 9, 1967, Raul Villa died while serving as a crew chief with the 116th Aviation Helicopter Company stationed in Cu Chi Viet Nam. He was shot sitting behind his M-60 as his helicopter landed at a support base 20 miles north of Duc Hoa. I could not make radio contact with the unit below. I should have considered that the reason they needed a resupply of bullets was that they were in heavy contact.
We called him Poncho. He was a big guy. He was quiet and competent. We never talked much. He did his job and I never had a reasons to talk to him because he was there doing it right not giving any reason to raise an issue. Our helicopter was older. The gray padding had long been lost and a lot of loose wires were hanging out. The ship had taken serious fire but had a new engine and good power and a great crew chief. He named it La Puta. I have thought about Poncho every day since May 9, 1967.
About 15 years ago I saw his name on a veterans newspaper with a request from his sister that someone contact her family and tell them what happened to her brother and how he died. The paper was old and she was no longer living at the address in Laredo. It took about a year but I was able to locate her. She told me she felt responsible for Poncho’s death because when she was 14 something had happened to the family cat and she blamed Poncho. Her father took her side. Poncho left home. He joined the Army and died north of Duc Hoa. Her Dad blamed her for Poncho leaving home.
When I hear some people ask “what does it matter that Americans died serving their country in Benghazi,” and I think of Poncho. I want to answer,- It mattes. I want to answer It matters a lot!
Poncho’s name, Raul Villa is on the Wall Panel 19e Line 76. All the names are not there . Just those who died in Viet Nam. But they all matter. They all matter a lot.
David Lee ,
Hornet 43
116th AHC, Cu Chi Viet Nam
November 66 – November 67.
Gary  Brown
Friend in same unit, 116th AHC
Front Royal VA 22630 USA
I was with Raul the day before on a supply mission in Saigon. There was a need for a crew member right away and he didn't hesitate to volunteer to go. He was well liked and is missed still.
Dec 23, 2007
bernardo  cortez, smcm usn retired
old friend
413 yucatan loop laredo tx 78045 usa
Oct 31, 2007

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