George Gutierrez, JrSecond Lieutenant
197TH AHC, 145TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GRP, USARV
Army of the United States
20 January 1941 - 01 September 1965
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The database page for George Gutierrez, Jr
He was a Texas A&M graduate Civil Engineer who volunteered to become a Army UH1 Huey helicopter pilot. The first-born grandson of Harlingen pioneer Eugenio and Sabas Gutierrez and the only son of Mr. and Mrs George Gutierrez Sr., he was the first casualty of the war for the City of Harlingen, Texas (Rio Grande Valley).
A City park is named in his honor along with a local middle school. Cousin George was a true Texas Aggie who left us 40 years ago this month in body, but not in spirit.
May God forever watch over him and all the other fallen Vietnam warriors.
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 1 Sep 1965 two Hueys from the 197th Aviation Company were providing helicopter escort for a road convoy. The lead aircraft was UH-1B tail number 63-08567. As the convoy approached Ben Cat, the crew noticed activity just east of the highway in a known VC area. As lead descended to investigate, he received heavy hostile fire, exploded in midair, and crashed. Four crewmen and one ARVN passenger died in the crash:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 10/01/2005