David Paul Schultz

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
03 October 1951 - 10 July 1970
Harlingen, TX
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Army Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign medals

The database page for David Paul Schultz

10 Feb 2001

David, after 30+ years, I still think about you in Civil Air Patrol, Harlingen High School and leaving before your senior year for the Army. Before I knew it, you were dead. My Dad informed me after reading the paper one day when I was preparing for school.

Four years later, my Dad would ask me to stay at Texas A&M, rather than quiting at Christmas and go off to Vietnam as a door-gunner -- as you did.

Rest in Peace, David. I won't let go of your memory and what you did for your country. Wish I could have gone to your folks and expressed my friendship with you and my sorrow for their loss.

Rest in Peace.

A memorial from his friend and classmate,
Richard B. Frysinger
8512 Devine Lane, Austin, Tx 78748-4824

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On 10 July 1970, SP4 David Schultz was a door gunner aboard a CH-47A, tail number 65-07999, of the 242nd ASHC. The aircraft had picked up a full load of soldiers at a firebase nicknamed "the Mushroom" because it was located in a mushroom-shaped loop of a river. As the aircraft lifted off it was hit in the fuselage by a rocket-propelled grenade. The fuselage broke apart, with the cockpit section falling separately from the main fuselage. When the fuselage section hit ground it caught fire. Seven men died as a result, some in the incident itself and some later of injuries recieved. The seven men were
  • 242nd ASHC aircrew:
    • SP4 Ross E. Bedient, Valois, NY, flight engineer, died 07/13/1970
    • SP4 David P. Schultz, Harlingen, TX, gunner

  • Passengers:
    • SFC Thomas A. Campbell, York, AL, B/2/12th Infantry
    • SSG Carey J. Pratt, Kokomo, IN, D/2/14th Infantry, died 07/12/1970
    • SGT Robert L. Oldham, Caldwell, TX, D/2/12th Infantry
    • SGT Dennis K. Martin, Cedar Rapids, IA, D/2/14th Infantry
    • SP4 Michael P. Vullo, Alhambra, CA, HHC, 725th Maint Bn, died 07/11/1970

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