Andrew Carnegie Strong

Private First Class
Army of the United States
11 April 1951 - 01 June 1971
Rochester, New York
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27 Jan 2004

Andrew C. Strong was 19 years old when he died. He was my uncle that I never met. The Army was supposed to send him to college but they sent him over to Vietnam. After he died someone showed up at Grandma's and told her that Andy had died but they couldn't tell her how. If there was a body left Grandma never got it back. At her house there are all sorts of things but when I was younger - the one thing that caught my eye was a mini-statue that was maybe a foot tall and had four soldiers on it and it says "In loving memory of Andrew C. Strong". After my 13th birthday in September she told me his sad story. As soon as I'm a little older she's taking me to Washington and we are going to go and visit the Wall. I also remember going to the Moving Wall and she would gather all the letters that she had written since the last time she went and put them into a ziplock baggie and put them down in front of the Wall by his name. Once we went with my dad and some veteran stood up on the stand and he gave the most touching speech. In all of my 13 years that was the first and only time I ever saw my father cry. Uncle Andy, we love you and miss you dearly.

From his brother's daughter,
Jodi Lynn Strong
E-mail address is not available.

22 Jul 2005

Andy, I will always remember you. You were my best friend, and when I was lonely and new in town, you befriended me. I attended your wake, and have kept your memory alive in my heart all these years.

Michael Silver
(formerly of 2499 St. Paul Blvd. Rochester, NY)

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Three members of MACV Advisory Team 87 were killed in a helicopter accident in Tay Ninh Province on 01 June 1968:
  • CPT Edward A. Werman, Hensel, ND
  • SGT Dean R. Isaacs, Missoula, MT
  • PFC Andrew C. Strong, Rochester, NY
Although the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association helicopter incident database contained no other information regarding these men, an analysis of available all-source information proves conclusively they were aboard UH-1H tail number 68-16313 from the 128th Assault Helicopter Company when the aircraft exploded in mid-air, possibly when hit by an artillery round. Four aircrewmen also died in the incident:
  • CWO Thomas C. Michehl, Santa Maria, CA, 128TH AHC
  • WO George H. Glawson, Toms River, NJ, HHC 11th Avn Bn
  • SP4 Dennis L. Meduna, Dickinson, ND, 128TH AHC
  • SP4 Scott W. Wayt, Beaverton, OR, 128TH AHC

The following information is taken from the Monroe County (New York) genealogical web site:

Name:   Strong, Andrew III
Rank:   PFC
Service Number:   109-42-5817
Home Address:   34 Alonzo Street, Rochester, N. Y.
Born:   April 11, 1951; Syracuse, New York
Parents:   Mrs. Andrew C. Strong Jr., 34 Alonzo St.
Mr. Andrew C. Strong Jr., 270 Alexander St.
Attended:   John Marshall School and Monroe Community College
Last Employed by:   Eastman Kodak Co.
Entered Service:   Oct. 12, 1970; Buffalo, New York
Unit:   MACV ADV TM 87; Army
Left for Overseas:   April 2, 1971 to Vietnam
Died:   June 1, 1971 in a crash of military aircraft in Vietnam
Buried:   June 14, 1971; Veteran's plot, Holy Sepulchre
Notes:   PFC Strong had been in Vietnam only six weeks, stationed at a mountain top radio base five miles from Cambodia.
Mrs. Strong, mother of the serviceman vowed to keep her other four sons from dying in the war. PFC Strong wanted to spend his whole life in school studying english and history. Pvt. Strong never learned to drive, his mother said, because he couldn't read while he was driving.
Sources:   D&C 6/9/71 obit.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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