Melvin Louis Martz
Specialist Four
D TRP, 3RD SQDN, 5TH CAVALRY, 9TH INF DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Manton, Michigan
December 31, 1945 to May 26, 1967
MELVIN L MARTZ is on the Wall at Panel 20E, Line 120

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The 191st had just been formed and the advance party had arrived in Vietnam - with CPT Kidd heading up the Armed Platoon - but their helo's had not gotten into country yet. Both CPT Kidd and 1LT Dodson were eager to get into the action and talked D/3/5 into getting familiarization and experience.

At approximately 2100 hours, a light fire team consisting of aircraft 66-677 and 66-673 were called out by the 51st ARVN Ranger Battalion, Ben Luc Vietnam, to investigate suspected Viet Cong activity. The team arrived on station at approximately 2130 hours. They began a visual recon of the area with the assistance of flares fired by the artillery. At 2230 hours, the two aircraft met in an apparent head on collision in bad weather. There was an explosion and both aircraft fell to the ground in flames.

The nine men killed when their helicopters collided in mid-air and crashed were:

SP4 Melvin Louis Martz was survived by his parents, Maxine Naomi (Johnson) (1917-1991) and Walter David Martz (1911-1986), Manton, Michigan. According to historical records, he was survived by 5 brothers and 2 sisters at his death. He was predeceased by a brother Daniel Lee (1948-1949). Melvin is buried near his paternal grandparents, Clara I. (1893-1968) and Walter J. Martz (1888-1959) in Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, St. Joseph County, Indiana.

Melvin L Martz


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