Reynaldo Roy Cavazos

Private First Class
Army of the United States
25 June 1947 - 18 February 1966
Quincy, Washington
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Army Aircrew

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart (2 awards), Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Reynaldo Roy Cavazos

17 Apr 2005

You were here but a short time. I didn't know you, but know your mother, who loved you very much, and misses even more. You are not forgotten. You will be remembered through this memorial and in the hearts of those who knew and loved you for 18 years. Gone but not forgotten.

From his first cousin Jesse's wife,
Teresa Cavazos

17 Apr 2005

Soldier's Rites Today - The body of Army Pfc. Roy Cavazos, first soldier from the Columbia Basin to die in the Viet Nam war, has been returned here and will be accorded burial with full military honors today at 10 a.m. at the Quincy Cemetery. A honor guard from Larson Air Force Base will assist in the ceremony. Private Cavazos was killed 18 Feb (1966) when a helicopter crashed and burned. He was with the 1st Air Cavalry Division and had been on duty only a month after recovering from injuries received in earlier action. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Raquel Salinas, Quincy; his father, Alejandro Cavazos, Fresno CA; a brother, Alex, Quincy, and two sisters, Mrs. Diane A. Jaramillo, Quincy, and Mrs. Nora H. Leon, Minot ND.

Spokesman Review, Spokane WA, 10 Mar 1966, p. 1

Courtesy of
Darilee Bednar

Faces from the Wall

A Note from The Virtual Wall

There are some uncertainties regarding the circumstances of PFC Cavazos' death. The certainties are that
  • Bravo Company 2/8 Cav lost two men in a helicopter incident on 18 Feb 1966, SP4 Glenn V. Curry of Detroit, Michigan, and PFC Reynaldo R. Cavazos;
  • both men were flying as helicopter door gunners; and
  • there's only one known Army helicopter incident with casualties on that date.
UH-1D tail number 62-12365 crashed and burned after being hit by small arms fire - but available records don't give the helicopter unit's name, don't indicate where the incident took place, and don't provide a crew list. The records do indicate that there were at least two personnel casualties, given as one death and one wounded in action.

The casualty records for SP4 Curry and PFC Cavazos do not give the location where they died, but they do indicate PFC Cavazos was killed by small arms fire. Records for SP4 Curry simply say his death was caused by "other weapons".

While The Virtual Wall cannot prove Curry and Cavazos were aboard 62-12365 there is no known alternative.

PFC Cavazos' cousin, Marine Pfc Ronald Thomas Cavazos, was one of eight men from 1st Bn, 9th Marines, killed in action on 04 Apr 1968, just over two years after PFC Reynaldo Cavazos' death.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his first cousin Jesse's wife,
Teresa Cavazos
17 Apr 2005

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