William Eugene Boehm

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
01 July 1948 - 05 February 1969
Caseyville, Illinois
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Army Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Eugene Boehm

16 January 1999

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

A memorial from a friend,
Michael Kitchen
13 February 2002

Bill Boehme was my "stick buddy" in Flight School at Fort Wolters near Mineral Wells, Texas. That is to say that we learned to fly helicopters together. Our Instructor Pilot was Clarence "Clay" Clarkson, a civilian employee of Southern Airways which, in essence, operated the whole post on a contract basis.

I remember Bill as a nice kid who never had an unkind word for anybody. It has been my understanding all these years that he died performing his duties as a pilot of a "slick" in a night extraction of troops that had come under heavy contact with the enemy on the side of a mountain in very bad weather. Even though the weather had closed in around them, he and his crew elected to try to get those grunts out of a very bad situation. Bill and his entire crew gave their last full measure of devotion to help their fellow GI's. They died heroes and should forever be remembered that way.

From his "Stick Buddy" in Flight School,
Robert L. "Bob" Bell
P O Box 8063, Amarillo, TX 79114-8063

05 Feb 2006

Dear Bill, it has been 37 years today, Feb. 5, 2006, that you flew your last mission. We still miss you every day, but know that your Dad is now with you. We are all so very proud of you for giving your life for your country. With all my love, Mom

From his mother,
Betty Boehm

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The four crewmen who died when their UH-1H HUEY (hull number 67-19530) was shot down were
  • WO1 William Eugene Boehm, aircraft commander
  • WO1 George Ernest Hayward, pilot
  • SP4 Timothy Michae Harrington, crew chief
  • SP4 John Edward Nordell, Jr., gunner

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his mother,
Betty Boehm
16 Jan 1999

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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