Berman J. Ganoe
Berman's actual full name was Berman Junior Ganoe although it's sometimes listed as Berman Ganoe, Jr. [As evidenced by his cemetery marker below.]. Regarding burial, what remains that could be positively identified as Berman's are buried at Highlands Memorial Cemetery in Ocala, Florida.
Attached are the certificates for the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bronze Star medals posthumously awarded to Berman.
Remains from the crash site that could not be positively identified as a particular crew member were placed in the group burial at Arlington.
Berman and his wife did not have any children and we understand that she remarried and we have not maintined contact.
Attached are the citations for the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star .
- - Dwight Ganoe, September 21, 2014
23 Aug 2002
He loved his Family,
He lived for his God,
He fought for his Country.
A memorial initiated by his nephew.
08 Oct 2003
I have worn Berman's bracelet since 1972. At that time I wrote to his niece Rose Mary, his father, Berman Sr., and his sister Mary Ann. Over the years I always wondered what happened and prayed his family found peace. God answered my prayers in 2001 and showed me the answer on September 28, 2003. I look forward to reuniting with his family and am so thankful that he was able to be found and brought home to lay at rest with his family.Terri Taylor Gonzalez
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Notes from The Virtual Wall
On March 24, 1970, helicopters from the 170th were sent to extract a Special Forces long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) team which was in contact with the enemy about fourteen miles inside Cambodia in Ratanokiri Province. RED LEAD, one of two extraction helicopters, was commanded by James E. Lake. Captain Michael D. O'Donnell was the aircraft commander of one of the two cover aircraft (serial #68-15262, RED THREE). His crew consisted of WO John C. Hosken, copilot; SP4 Rudy M. Beccera, crew chief; and SP4 Berman Ganoe, gunner.
The MACV-SOG team consisted of team leader 1LT Jerry L. Pool, US team members SSGT John A. Boronsky and SGT Gary A. Harned, and five indigenous team members. The team had been in contact with the enemy all night and had been running and ambushing, but the hunter team pursuing them was relentless and they were exhausted and couldn't continue to run much longer. When Lake and O'Donnell arrived at the team's location, there was no landing zone (LZ) nearby and they were unable to extract them immediately. The two helicopters waited in a high orbit over the area until the team could move to a more suitable extraction point.
While the helicopters were waiting, they were in radio contact with the team. After about 45 minutes in orbit, Lake received word from LT Pool that the NVA hunter team was right behind them. RED LEAD and RED THREE made a quick trip to Dak To for refueling. RED THREE was left on station in case of an emergency.
When Lake returned to the site, Pool came over the radio and said that if the team wasn't extracted then, it would be too late. Capt. O'Donnell evaluated the situation and decided to pick them up. He landed on the LZ and was on the ground for about 4 minutes, and then transmitted that he had the entire team of eight on board. The aircraft was beginning its ascent when it was hit by enemy fire, and an explosion in the aircraft was seen. The helicopter continued in flight for about 300 meters, then another explosion occurred causing the aircraft to crash in the jungle.
The second explosion was followed by a yellow flash and a cloud of black smoke billowing from the jungle. A wingman made a high-speed pass over the site and came under fire, but made it away unscathed.
Lake decided to go down and see if there was a way to get to the crash site. As he neared the ground, he was met with intense ground fire from the entire area. He could not see the crash site since it was under heavy tree cover. There was no place to land, and the ground fire was withering. He elected to return the extract team to Dak To before more aircraft were lost.
The Army account concludes stating that O'Donnell's aircraft began to burn immediately upon impact. Aerial search and rescue efforts began immediately; however, no signs of life could be seen around the crash site. Because of the enemy situation, attempts to insert search teams into the area were futile. SAR efforts were discontinued on April 18. Search and rescue teams who surveyed the site reported that they did not hold much hope for survival for the men aboard, but lacking proof that they were dead, the Army declared all 7 missing in action.From the
The remains of the men lost in this crash were repatriated on 12 Apr 1995. DNA tests confirmed individual identification for four Americans - MAJ Michael Davis O'Donnell, CWO John Charles Hosken, Chagrin Falls, Ohio SSG Rudy Morales Becerra, Richmond, Texas and SSG Berman J Ganoe, Belleview, Florida. The three other Americans - CPT Jerry Lynn Pool, Freeport Illinois, SFC John Arthur Boronski, Ware, Massachusetts and SFC Gary Alan Harned, Springboro, Pennsylvania - could not be individually identified; their presence aboard the helicopter and among the unidentifiable remains was based on circumstantial evidence. The recovery and identification of the remains was made pubic on 20 June 2001.
Berman's parent are both buried in Summersville, West Virginia. At the time, in addition to his parents, he was survived by 3 brothers and 4 sisters.
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