Torres-Rivera, Rafael, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11C20-Indirect Fire Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 11C20, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
Service Years
1961 - 1965
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Order of the Spur


One Service Stripe

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Home State
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hato Rey, PR
Last Address
Hato Rey, PR

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1965
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Puerto Rico National Cemetery - Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 102/ Section E-2315

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Aviation Broken Wing Award Order of The Spur

 Tributes from Members  
Tribute from 3/4 Cav Association posted by AR Moore, John (SaberAlpha 10), MAJ 229
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Aviation Badge (Basic)
Machine Gun

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV114th Aviation Company (AHC)3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1964-1965, 11C20, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1965-1965, 11C20, 114th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1965-1965, 11C20, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1964 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 02, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. Torres-Rivera died April 06,1965.  He was 25 years old and from Peurto Rico.  He died serving with the 25th Division's Shotgun program prior to the squadron's deployment.
114th Assault Helicopter Company
SN 50155826
Religion Roman Catholic 
DOB 22 Feb 1940
DOD 6 Apr 1965
Body Recovered

His Helicopter 114 AHC  AUH-1 (tail number # 63-08667)  was shot down by .50 Cal, crashed inverted and exploded.  The others in his crew that died were 1st Lt. Raymond E. Rupcic [AC]; Cpt. Charles G. Tucker [CP]; Sp4 Clarence L. Jones [CE]; and of course, SGT Rafael Torres-Rivera [G].
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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1965, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1965, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Association [Verified]2
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