Johnny Mack TinneyCorporal
C CO, 2ND BN, 5TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
02 August 1950 - 08 February 1971
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The database page for Johnny Mack Tinney
Johnny Mack was my Uncle, we shared a birthday six years apart. We were close and spent much time together. He loved horses and being outdoors, hunting and fishing. He always had time for family. Johnny Mack has two older brothers, two older sisters, and one younger brother. He was the glue that held it all together, he was always there to help my grandparents. The whole family structure changed when he left for Viet Nam, not nearly as drastically as it did when he was killed. We were told he was killed in a Non Combat helicopter crash, when the chopper he was on got too low and the blades hit a tree. I hope he was the kind of soldier that I imagine him to have been, always there for his brothers, always doing his very best.
I am not sure what he would have done if he had made it back to the world, but I do know the world would have been a better place with him in it. I know that I miss him.
From his nephew,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association database contains the following accident summary:
"The aircraft was on a combat assault at the time of the accident. UH-1H, SN 66-16781, was number three of five aircraft on the mission. These aircraft were going into the LZ, single ship, landing from west to east. The first two aircraft had completed their troop drop off and had departed the LZ, when a popping noise was heard. At this time both crew members unfastened their seat belts and looked toward the rear of the aircraft seeing smoke and some sparks coming from around the rear engine cowling. The tail rotor started slowing down at this time.
The landing zone was located in the jungles along the Song Phan River, about 16 kilometers southeast of Tanh Linh Airfield.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Nov 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009