John Robert RankinSpecialist Four
71ST AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, AMERICAL DIV
Army of the United States
22 July 1948 - 15 November 1969
Blackwood Terrace, New Jersey
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The database page for John Robert Rankin
John "Johnny" Rankin was part of a helicopter crew that was brought down by enemy fire in South Vietnam in 1969. His friends and family will always remember him, as well as the residents of Blackwood Terrace. This is due partly to the dedication of the street he grew up on, Elm Avenue, is now honored by his name, and officially known as Rankin Avenue. A part of his legacy also lives on by all Americans who support the men killed in action, missing in action, and those fortunate enough to return safely home to their families. Thank you for visiting him today and please keep him in your prayers.
From his nephew,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe following is taken from from the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial web site:
"The following account of John's last mission is a compilation of information told to me by the pilot of his Huey, Warrant Officer Edward Gwynn, and other men who served with him in Vietnam.
The helicopter involved was UH-1H tail number 66-16260 and the location was near An Thanh (2), about 6 km south-southeast of Hoi An, just within the Quang Ngai Province boundary. The two men who died in the incident were 1LT Walter D. Romero of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and SP4 John R. Rankin.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 Jul 2007
Last updated 07/22/2007