VIETNAM - GARNES, JACK ALLEN

Garnes, Jack Allen

VIETNAM - GARNES, JACK ALLEN
GARNES, JACK ALLEN

Rank: Sergeant

Unit: Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Air Medal with Valor Device and Three Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Army Aircrew Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: OH-6A, Observer, tail # 69-16007

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 12-Oct-1946

Hometown: Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Marital status: Married to Linda A. Garnes, two daughters

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 11-Dec-1969

Start of tour: 8-Sep-1971

Incident date: 30-Oct-1971

Date of casualty: 30-Oct-1971

Age at death: 25

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Helicopter Crash — Passenger (MC). Aircraft loss, crash not at sea.
Jack Allen Garnes was killed while an observer on a military aircraft on a military mission when the aircraft was fired upon by a hostile ground force, crashed and burned. / Observer on OH-6A on visual reconnaissance mission, received hostile small arms fired and rocket propelled grenade (RPG) rounds.  Crashed and burned.

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam, XT 633 304

Place of interment: Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 02W 056 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

AIR MEDAL

AIR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SERGEANT JACK ALLEN GARNES
30 OCTOBER 1971
AIR CAVALRY TROOP
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Sergeant Garnes distinguished himself by heroism in aerial flight on 30 October 1971.  Disregarding his own safety, he courageously exposed himself to the dangers inherent in aerial flight as he directed his efforts toward neutralizing the enemy threat.  His heroic and valiant actions contributed materially to the successful accomplishment of the United States mission in the Republic of Vietnam and were characterized by a great concern for the welfare of his comrades.  His heroic actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 3rd Brigade (Separate), 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) General Orders No. 142 (26 January 1972)

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