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WO Howard Duncan Bennett
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1942
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 1968
Bin Thang, Vietnam

Warrant Officer(WO) Howard Duncan Bennett, Vietnam Veteran, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he became a native of Charlotte, NC.

Warrant Officer Howard Duncan Bennett was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, WO Bennett served our country until February 3rd, 1968 in Bing Doung, South Vietnam. He was 25 years old and was married. It was reported that Howard died when his helicopter crashed. His body was recovered. Howard was born on June 13th, 1942 in Knoxville, Tennessee. WO Bennett is on panel 37E, line 003 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

He was a friend and classmate. A tribute from 50 years ago. Howard befriended me over 50 years ago, in the 9th grade, when I went by my middle name Earl. We remained friends after high school, and I last saw him in the mid-60's. He was very talented and a true friend. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. Howard Smith, 9330 Wild Grass Court, Jessup, MD 20794.

He was a high school classmate. North Mecklenburg HS 1960. In memory of a HERO who's not forgotten. It is now 2005 and the 45th reunion of our high school class is coming up in a few months. I often think of Howard and our high school years. It is very sad that he did not live to enjoy the years of freedom that he died to guarantee. Rest in peace Howard, and thank you from a classmate who served in the Navy while you served in the Army. Don Riley.

Helicopter Flight School roommate. I will always miss him. He was a fun person to be with. I was his flight school roommate and I saw him several times while in Vietnam even though we were in different units of the 1st Infantry Division. John Becker, 1337 N. Wilke Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004.

There is a book about that battle called, "The Beast Was Out There' by James Shelton. Here is a synopsized excerpt:

"A Major Holleder was killed during the battle and an OH-13 landed to bring his body back to the NDP (Night Defensive Position). A side bar to all of this. The OH-13 was flown by a Warrant Officer Howard Bennett. He and Lieutenant Bill Erwin (an Infantryman with the ground unit) sat beside each other a few months later as they flew to Hawaii to meet their wives. Unfortunately, Howard was killed during TET".

NORTH MECKLENBURG GRAD KILLED IN VIETNAM:

A former Charlottean was killed Saturday when his helicopter was shot down in Vietnam, the Army said Tuesday.
Army Warrant Officer Howard Duncan Bennett, 25, died from metal wounds and burns suffered when the helicopter he was piloting was hit by ground fire while on an early morning reconnaissance mission. The helicopter crashed and burned.
Bennett received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in action on Nov. 10, 1267 after a month in Vietnam. He was raised in Charlotte, was graduated from North Mecklenburg High School and spent two years studying architecture at Central Piedmont Community Cottage. He worked as a draftsman for Duke power Company here. Bennett was married to the former Jean Lineburger of Charlotte, who now lives in Denver, Colorado. Also surviving are his parents, Mr, and Mrs. Ward B. Bennett of Danla, Fla., and formerly of Rt 11, Charlotte; two sisters, Mrs. Hope Martin of the Phillipines and Mrs. Bob Goul of St Thomas Virgin Island; a brother, Ward Bennett Jr. of Dania, Fla., and Aunt, Miss Ossie Bennett of Charlotte and an Uncle, Otway Bennett of Charlotte. Funeral plans are incomplete at this time.

CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS:
For heroism while participating in aerial flight on this date, Warrant Officer Bennett was flying his observation helicopter in support of an infantry battalion engaged in
a defensive perimeter. It was heavily engaged vith elements of a Viet Cong regiment and sustained a large number of casualties. The moment that he became aware of the situation, Warrant Officer Bennett voluntarily flew to a small clearing that had been picked out as an emergency landing zone. There, in spite of heavy hostile fire and with complete disregard for his personal safety, he landed, picked up a seriously wounded man, and flew him back to the friendly perimeter. On his second trip he was forced to take evasive maneuvers which consequently damaged the tail of his aircraft. Disregarding the damage to his ship and the heavy hostile fire, he returned twice more. After the fourth trip Warrant Officer Bennett was relieved by another aircraft, but not until he had personally evacuated four seriously wounded men. Warrant Officer Bennett's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division and the United States Army.

He served with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, "The Big Red One", USARV.

He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal(s) and The Air Medal with Ten Oak Leaf Clusters.




 
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn West Cemetery
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Bennett
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Oct 28, 2008
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WO Howard Duncan Bennett
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WO Howard Duncan Bennett
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Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Jul. 19, 2012

- Darlene T.
 Added: Apr. 25, 2010
Thank you for your bravery, courage and dedication
- Raven
 Added: Nov. 22, 2009
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