|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1934|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 1970|
Dong Nai, Vietnam
Chief Warrant Officer(CWO)Alvin Euclid Cross, Vietnam Veteran, Born in Tennessee, he became a resident of Greensboro, NC.
Chief Warrant Officer Alvin Euclid Cross was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, CWO Cross served our country until April 17th, 1970 in Binh Hoa, South Vietnam. He was 35 years old and was married. Alvin died when the helicopter he was a passenger on crashed. His body was recovered. CWO Cross is on panel 11W, line 016 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 16 years.
On 17 Apr 1970 Company A, 25th Aviation Battalion, was tasked with providing the 25th Infantry Division courier flight. A UH-1H Huey (tail number 67-17706) and crew was assigned and the round-robin flight begun, with passenger pick-ups and drop-offs at a number of locations. The last stop was at the II Field Force Headquarters, with arrival at 1712 (5:12 PM). During the one-hour ground time, the crew took the evening meal, returning to the aircraft at 1800. Passengers were boarded and the Huey departed for Cu Chi at 1812. Fifteen minutes later, while crossing the Saigon River at an altitude of 70 feet AGL the aircraft struck two high-tension wires, broke up, and went into the water in a vertical nose-down attitude. Three men rose to the surface, one dead and two alive. One of the survivors, died of injuries three days later; the other, survived the incident. One of those killed was CWO Alvin E. Cross, Greensboro, NC, 25th Division Administration Company.
Best Friend and My Boss: We worked well, together and were best friends. If it wasn't for an emergency, I would have been with you. We had planned this trip for over 2 weeks to get your paperwork filled out for school. It's been over 39 years and I think of you everyday. God bless you. Lyle Molitor, 3219 Longford Way, Las Vegas, NV, 89121.
I was at the barge site that night, listening to the radio traffic from the boats on the Song Dong Nai. The Everly brothers' Kathy's Clown was playing on the tape recorder. There are few memories as vivid to me as that night. I was sad, but you never had names until tonight when I googled Dong Nai looking for photos or other interesting info. I still have goosebumps on my arms thinking that now would be the time I would find your name and those that died with you. This is Memorial week-end 2009. Tomorrow, and each Memorial Day to follow, I will speak your names aloud, render a sharp salute, and you will be remembered. Randy Richmond.
Husband of the late Claudette E Cross, C/O Alick Davis, Spanish Point, Bermuda. He left behind 2 Sons and Two Daughters. He is the Son of the late Mr Davis Carter and Mrs Odessa Cross Carter, Route 1, Castalian Springs, Tennessee 37031.
He served with 25th Division Admin Company, 25th Infantry Division, "Tropic Lightning", USARV.
He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, The Army Commendation Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal(s) and The Good Conduct Medal(s), The Korean Service Medal, The Korean Defense Medal, The United Nations Service Medal.
Nashville National Cemetery
Plot: LL, 1277
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3184961