Anthony John Tencza

Army Of The United States
13 May 1919 - 15 July 1962
Wallington, NJ
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MACV ADVISORS Legion of Merit

Bronze Star (3), Purple Heart (3), National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Anthony John Tencza

Tencza's headstone, Arlington Colonel Tencza spent 23 years in the US Army and held 5 medals for bravery in WWII and Korea. He was Senior Advisor to the 22nd Vietnamese Division. On 15 July 15 1962, while on a supply mission, his helicopter was shot down by Viet Cong. He was knocked unconscious by the crash and according to eyewitnesses was shot in cold blood by guerrillas.

Before his requested assignment to Vietnam he was stationed at Fort Myer. It was therefore only fitting that his funeral should have been from the Chapel there.

From the Arlington National Cemetery site.

Photo (c) Michael Patterson, Sep 1999

Three men of the 8th Transportation Company died in the crash of their CH-21C (hull number 56-02084):
  • CW2 Joseph A. Goldberg, pilot
  • SP5 Harold Lee Guthrie, crew chief
  • SP5 James Everett Lane, gunner

A memorial from one who remembers,
Hilary Smentek (a Male Hilary) 
22 Dec 1998

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