John Thomas Orrico
Chief Warrant Officer
191ST AHC, 13TH AVN BN, 164TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV
Army of the United States
Ridgefield, Connecticut
July 04, 1948 to November 02, 1970
JOHN T ORRICO is on the Wall at Panel W6, Line 35

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John T Orrico

CWO JOHN THOMAS ORRICO

 
28 Apr 2006

REMEMBERED

by his nephew,
Anthony Orrico
aewilson19@hotmail.com

 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At 0650 02 Nov 1970 a UH-1C gunship, tail number 66-15219, belonging to the 2nd Platoon, 191st AHC took off from the Rach Gia helo strip heading for the main airfield to refuel. After lift-off the Huey went into a right turn and leveled off at 500 feet. Immediately thereafter the main rotor system separated from the fuselage, which nosed over and crashed, exploding on impact. The trail gunship, which was immediately behind the lead aircraft, circled the impact point looking for survivors. The aircraft had been completely destroyed, killing all four crewmen:
  • CWO John T. Orrico, Ridgefield, CT, pilot;
  • WO Douglas J. Campbell, Orlando, FL, copilot;
  • SP5 Kenneth L. Brown, Fort Scott, KS, gunner; and
  • SP5 Oscar Maloney, Tuba City, AZ, crew chief.

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