Guy Lamar Mears, JrSpecialist Four
254TH MED DET, 45TH MED CO, 44TH MED BDE
Army of the United States
16 January 1950 - 17 October 1970
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The database page for Guy Lamar Mears, Jr
My cousin was Guy Lamar Mears, Jr ... killed in the crash on Oct. 17, 1970.
Helicopter UH-1H 69-15466 incident on Oct. 17,1970
I would really love to have all the information you could provide me with ... I was only 16 when Guy died, and, of course ... it had a profound influence on my life.
As a matter of fact, I could not even watch a war movie ... for 31 years. Then, I finally watched "Pearl Harbor", and, I guess 31 years of grief came out ... I cried for hours and hours ... all over again.
Guy and I were very close when we were growing up. I was so excited when he married and they were expecting their first child. Just a couple of weeks from delivery ... Guy was to be allowed to come home. Then, the crash ... I still remember hearing my grandmother taking the "call" ... talking about she knew how much they wanted that baby. I thought Barbara had lost the baby ... due to RH- complications ... but, I never even contemplated it was about Guy.
I was devastated! And it was the most heart-wrenching funeral ... there she was, 9 months pregnant, the closed casket, the gun salute ... then, the delivery of his son ... if I recall correctly, the next morning after the funeral.
My extended family no longer keeps in touch ... so, I would appreciate any information in regard to Guy ... to properly honor his memory and service ... and his ultimate sacrifice.
NO ONE SHOULD BE FORGOTTEN.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006
Wow, Guy ... can't believe it's been 36 years since we lost you.
I still have vivid memories of you... then, the memories of losing you, the funeral, etc.
I miss you, think of you so often, I wish you could have had a long healthy life...such a tragedy, to have lost you, so young.
I wish I knew more about you and your short adult life, to properly honor your memory and sacrifice.
I wish your friends and family would post memories regarding you, your service, your son, etc.
No one should be forgotten.
I, for one ... can NEVER FORGET you!
Guy, I've always told my kids about you, your service, your ultimate sacrifice ... I'm SO proud to call you "cousin" ... I'm always trying to instill in my kids, a deep love and patriotism ... and, especially, an appreciation for the sacrifices of ALL those, who have served this GREAT NATION!
Now that God's called us into Full-Time Music Ministry and you inspired me to write the song, "6 West-Line 5" (Go There For Me) ... I feel like I'm really doing something to keep your memory alive.
Larry and I just performed for the Military Writer's Society's "Salute to the Military" conference.
Guy, I tell EVERYONE I come in contact with, about you.
I've given away thousands of cds with your song, photo included ... may your memory, ultimate sacrifice ... stir the hearts and souls of many.
May you NEVER be forgotten.
I do realize the day will come, when I'll no longer be here, to help keep your memory alive.
This song your memory inspired, "6 West-Line 5" - (Go There For Me) will go on ... long after I'm gone, too.
Literally, thousands, and, thousands of folks have heard it, and, countless websites use it ... so, there's great comfort in knowing you will live on.
Your bravery and ultimate sacrifice are always heavy on my heart, especially now, as our son, SPC David Dale serves in IRAQ.
Not much has changed in this world, in many ways.
Seems like there's always wars ... good and bad.
Thankfully, we still live in a nation, where FREEDOM is a way of life, and, young men and women are willing to step forward and put their lives on the line, to protect our liberties, as well as pave the way for liberty for others.
You'd be proud of our son, David ... wish you could have known him ... all my kids, wish I could have known your son, too.
There's so much in life, that we don't have control of, but, I want to always do what I can ... to honor you, Guy.
For those of you who read this, I loved this young man.
Guy had a difficult life, most of which I could not write about.
He didn't deserve to die so young.
I don't question God, I don't have to "understand" why.
Someday, I'm sure God will explain it all.
Guy, watch over our David, you and all your brother's in arms.
May you live forever, in ALL our hearts and, may your memory survive, until the end of mankind!
"FREEDOM is NEVER free!"
I love you, Guy ... "Susie"
In Loving Memory of my cousin
From Guy's cousin "Susie",
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 45th Medical Company's 254th Medical Detachment lost a helicopter, UH-1H tail number 69-15466, on 17 Oct 1970. The aircraft had been sent on a medevac mission in support of Republic of Korea troops operating north of Vong Rho Bay. The Huey was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and went in on a mountaintop south of Tuy Hoa. Another Huey responded to the "Mayday" call, landed alongside the wreckage, and took aboard the sole survivor (a flight medic with a broken back). The other three aircrewmen died in the crash:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Oct 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009