Henry Conrad CousineauEquipment Operator 1st Class
A CO, NMCB-6, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
United States Navy
03 November 1920 - 04 January 1968
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The database page for Henry Conrad Cousineau
Who was Henry Cousineau? To most, just a name on the Wall. To me, he was a hero before he gave his life for his country and for his fellow soldiers in arms. He was a father, a son, a husband, a neighbor and a hero at all of those.
This country was so fortunate to have men like this and though I lost my father a long time ago - I still consider myself to be so blessed.
I often wish I knew some of the young men my father spent his final moments with in that ill-fated helicopter. My thoughts and cares for the 58,000 plus families who now have only cherished memories of heroes.
Brian Cousineau, Son
02 May 2006
Just to add: As to my father's exact cause of death, I believe the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's description is probable since my father flew many "missions" (as he called them) to assist his adopted service branch - the U.S. Army. I also seem to recall being told that he was the only fatality which may lend more credibility to being killed by groundfire than a crash.
On October 27th, 1967 my father received from the First Brigade, 101st Airborne Division the title of "Honorary Screaming Eagle". This certificate was signed by the Commanding General (whose last name I cannot read) "in recognition of outstanding support of the First Brigade."
He received the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" posthumously for meritorious achievement in aerial flight in Vietnam on 4 January 1968.
From his son,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 6 History for Vietnam contains the following sentence:
"Earlier in the same month [Jan 1968], SIX suffered its only combat fatality of two Vietnam deployments when EO1 Henry C. Cousineau was killed by enemy fire while riding in a helicopter."The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association has it just a bit differently. They list Petty Officer Cousineau as follows:
"EO1 COUSINEAU HENRY CONRAD G KIA UH-1C C/2/20 ARA 1 CAV"
which translates to say that Petty Officer Cousineau was flying as a door gunner in a UH-1C Huey gunship belonging to C Btry, 2nd Bn (Aerial Rocket), 20th Artillery.
The casualty record implies Petty Officer Cousineau was killed in a helicopter crash, but available information indicates otherwise - he apparently was hit by ground fire, but the Huey was not shot down.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Apr 2006
Last updated 07/07/2006