Claud Paul Strother

Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
12 December 1945 - 27 April 1972
Fort Worth, Texas
Panel 01W Line 008


Army Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Claud Paul Strother

12 Dec 2002

Today we, the 129th, are remembering you and our time with you. Happy Birthday Claud. Happy Birthday. Enjoy your day with Tom and all the other fallen brothers of the 129th. Be at peace and God Bless.

30 Apr 2003

Bernie, Bruno, the 129th AHC, and I thought about you and Tom Shaw on Sunday, April 27, 2003 - 31 years after the crash of the "426." We recently have had the pleasure of being in contact with your wife of that time, Diane. She has since been in touch with Bernie and Bruno, who survived the crash, and the healing could be felt throughout the 129th AHC. We think of you and Tom often, as we do the other men of the 129th who are no longer with us. Be at peace, Claud. Gently

From a friend of the 129th AHC,

14 Dec 2002


It's been over 30 years since we had the last flight together as a crew. Not a day goes by that I don't think of that day in the An Khe Pass.

Anyway - Happy Birthday from the surviving crew members of the "426"

I'll always remember you, Lt Tom Shaw, and Bruno Sanchez.

From a surviving crewmember,
Bernie Hernandez

27 Apr 2005

33 years have gone by since we last had a mission together along with Lt.Shaw and Bruno Sanchez and the two South Korean Soldiers,
I'll see you again someday.

Bernie Hernandez
"Door Gunner of The 426".

13 Dec 2005

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ... you are remembered.
Yo - I got an e-mail from LT Shaw's brother this morning,
I will be conversing with him at times.
How's Tom?
See ya my friend, someday.
Diane, please get in touch. I would like to see how you are doing. 801-695-2883.

See ya
Bernie Hernandez
Door Gunner for the "426"

Bernie Hernandez
1670 West 700 South, Ogden, Utah 84404
17 Mar 2003

I just found this website in the past week thanks to contact with friends of the 129th A.H.C.

Although it has been 31 years since he died at An Khe, his family and I think of Claud every day and remember his passion for flying, his patriotism, and his pride in what he was doing.

We will continue to miss him and keep his memory alive with the new generations to come.

27 Apr 2004

April 27, 2004, 32 years ago today you lost your life in Vietnam. I am grateful to Bernie and Bruno for filling some of the blanks, just one year ago when I found the 129th website. You have been gone longer than you were here. Your friends, family, and Army colleagues continue to miss you and think of you every day. You made a difference in our lives with your kindness and wit, as well as how you could fill a room with your energy. In the last year, your brother has published a very successful book with many wonderful anecodotes of his childhood and you were in most of them. I laughed aloud at some of them. You would be proud of his success. We miss you and remember you. Diane

From his wife,
Diane (Strother) Moy

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Two men of the 129th Assault Helicopter Company died in the crash of their UH-1 Huey (hull number 68-15426): The aircraft was on a resupply flight in support of Korean Army operations. Two other crewmen (crew chief SP4 B. E. Sanchez and gunner SP4 B. Hernandez) were injured and two Korean soldiers (names unknown) were killed.

These men are also remembered by their comrades in the

Top of Page

Virtual Wall icon

Back to
To alpha index S
TX State Index . Panel 01W
129TH AHC Index

Contact Us

With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009