Robert Clark Ferris

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
02 August 1946 - 14 January 1967
Newton Center, Massachusetts
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Army Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Clark Ferris

14 Sep 2001

You made the ultimate sacrifice
and it did not go unnoticed.

I thank you and salute you.

A memorial from one who remembers,
Leilah Ash Ward
Hollywood, Florida

21 Aug 2005

Bob had been my co-pilot until that terrible day in January of 67. No finer man, co-pilot or friend ever existed. I still think of him quite frequently ... and miss him dearly. Sometimes I blame myself for his death as I, as Assistant Operations Officer, had given him the day off. When a spare co-pilot was needed for another aircraft, he was "drafted" without my knowledge. Otherwise, he would have been flying with me as usual. If he had, he would have survived. I had the terrible experience of watching his aircraft crash.

From a friend and fellow Army pilot,
Matt Gritlefeld-Griffin
Houston, Texas

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 14 Jan 1967 UH-1D tail number 65-09595 was one of several 173rd Assault Helicopter Company Hueys in a formation flight at 2000 feet. 65-09595's pilot reported an internal explosion and left the flight. Other aircrew watched helplessly as 65-09595's 90 degree gear box and tail rotor blades left the aircraft, which then crashed and burned in a small jungle clearing. Three of the four men aboard the Huey died in the crash; the crew chief died from his injuries the following day:

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who remembers,
Leilah Ash-Ward
Hollywood, Florida
14 Sep 2001

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