Dennis Charles DurandSpecialist Four
A CO, 227TH AHB, 17TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
12 January 1951 - 25 May 1971
Allen Park, Michigan
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The database page for Dennis Charles Durand
Dennis joined the US Army right out of High School in 1969 because he wanted to serve his country. His tour began 11 Feb 1970. After only 9 months he extended for 6 months so he could spend Christmas 1970 with his family. He never told us he was a crew chief/door gunner in the First Air Cavalry so it was quite a shock when we were notified that he was missing in action. We thought he worked at headquarters and was not at the front lines.
Dennisí last mission was on 25 May 1971. Dennis was a very compassionate young man and it was no surprise that he volunteered for a rescue mission to Fire Base Five to evacuate three badly wounded soldiers. His helicopter was piloted by his company commander, Major William Adams, and Capt. John Curran. Fellow crew members were SP4 John Littlejohn and SP4 Melvin Robinson. The crew flew through heavy hostile ground fire to land at Fire Base Five and load the wounded. As they lifted off, they sustained heavy fire and the craft exploded and crashed into the jungle. All aboard the helicopter were killed in action. Due to hostile forces in the area their remains were not recovered until July 1971. Dennis had just turned 20 on January 12th.
Major Adams was awarded the Medal of Honor and Dennis and the other crew members received the Distinguished Service Cross.
Dennisí dad, William Charles passed away in 1981. He was very proud of Dennis.
God bless you, Dennis. Mom, sister Cynthia and I think of you every day.
I never met him but he is my second cousin and I have heard so many good stories about him. I just now found this page doing a school assignment. I knew he was in the army but I didn't know he was that much of a hero and I'm proud to say he is my cousin... you are missed dearly. R.I.P
From a second cousin,
How ever can we share our sorrow and thanks
A young boy still and yet a man
You shared with me the notion still
A fatherís Son, you did delight
Your Motherís pride and grief still last
One day again I hope weíll meet
Cousin Robert Durand
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 24 May 1971 a UH-1H (tail number 67-17760) from the 92nd Assault Helicopter Company was conducting an ammunition resupply mission near Firebase 5 north of Pleiku when it was hit by a mortar round on short final and exploded. Two men - CPT Larry Richard Dewey (pilot) and SP4 Gerald Martin Lubbehusen (gunner) - died in the crash. A third, SP4 John Wayne Littleton, survived the crash and was able to evade capture and make it to Firebase Five on foot. The name of the fourth man - the second pilot - is not known; since no other casualty in the 92nd AHC is identified, it is assumed that the fourth man survived the crash.
On 25 May, a UH-1H (tail number 69-15704) from A Company, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, was tasked to pick up SP4 Littlejohn and two unidentified wounded South Vietnamese troops from Firebase 5. Four men were aboard the 227th aircraft:
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William S Durand
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 12/28/2005