John Scott KeenanWarrant Officer
B TROOP, 1ST SQDN, 9TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
17 November 1948 - 22 April 1970
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The database page for John Scott Keenan
This web page is dedicated to you. It's hard to believe that it will be 29 years this April 22 that we lost you. I will never forget that Friday morning on April 24, 1970 at 7 am when Mom called me and told me you were killed in action on Wednesday, April 22. You were only there 5 weeks, "This couldn't be true", I kept telling myself through my tears. I can't even remember how long I cried. I was only 20 and you were only 21 years old. I kept praying they made a mistake (edit by Adam Funari). The next morning on Saturday, I was listening to the 45 you gave me of Simon and Garfunkle, Bridge over Troubled Water, still crying. I went to check my mail and there was a letter from you dated April 17, 1970. Apparently it took 6 days for mail to get through. I still have all your letters you sent me, worn and torn from reading them all these years. I had to wrap them in clear plastic, I will always treasure them. I can never forget waiting for your body to be brought back, it took 10 more days.
I guess, I was hoping still they made a mistake, but at the funeral your casket was opened and at that point, it left no doubt in my mind. When they did the 21 gun salute at the cemetery, it tore my heart out. Scotty, not a day goes by that you're not in my thoughts. I try not to remember the pain of losing you, but always remember the fun, crazy, and wild things we did growing up, and wishing, at the same time you were here to do them with me now.
I will always love you,
Colleen (Keenan) Reynolds
Dad, I just want you to know that as more time goes by, the more I miss the fact that you and I never had a chance to get to truly know each other. But judging from what I'm finding out from your close friends and our family, you were a man that was loved by everyone. I just recently heard your buddy Larry's account of what happened the day you died, and let me just say that you have always been a HERO to me and nobody will ever take that away from me. What you guys did for each other was absolutely amazing and unbelievable. You kept on protecting your guys even after getting shot and I'm so proud of you and your existance. THANK YOU for protecting our freedom and I'm so sorry it cost your life. I will be with you some day in Heaven, and you and I can do some catching up. Until then, I'm going to keep searching for more of your buddies so I can hear even more awesome stories about the MAN you are. From what I hear, I am your shadow. We look, talk, write, and act alike. I hope that you know that I LOVE YOU! Keep watching over me, because I know that you have been my gaurdian angel my whole life. You are my strength that has kept me going. I look forward to hearing more about you. Until we meet, I love you Dad and I always will!
Love, your son,
A Note from The Virtual WallWarrant Officer John Scott Keenan was the only casualty when his OH-6A scout helicopter (tail number 68-17156) was shot down on 22 April 1970 while flying a psychological warfare mission over Tay Ninh Province. The other two crewmen survived their injuries. WO Keenan's tour in Vietnam began on 18 March 1970.
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Colleen Keenan Reynolds
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 Jan 1999
Last updated 04/03/2007