Daniel Joseph Turcotte

Chief Warrant Officer
Army of the United States
28 June 1949 - 22 July 1970
Livonia, Michigan
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Army Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Daniel Joseph Turcotte

2 Feb 2005

While I grieved for you then, thirty five years would pass before I would even come to know your name. Today, I do not grieve for you as I did then, nor as others who have no hope for the resurrection may still do. I believe that one day all this will come to pass, and that once more you will see the light of day. Until that day, when you awaken and are restored, you will surely live on in the memories of those who loved you, and cared for you, and perhaps even in the memories of those whose paths you crossed, if only briefly. Until that day ...

From someone who helped recover his helicopter and body,
Christopher Chulamanis
17294 Silver Mound Lane, Parker, Co 80134-8996

28 Sep 2006

I was assigned to that bird (17551) but I was a short timer and Larry the gunner took my place. It was supposed to be an "ash and trash" mission so the switch was approved. I did not know him well as he was still a new guy but I remember him always talking about his wife and child at night when we were in the hootch and I've often wished over the years it could of been me as I was a single guy... I have always remembered Larry Dwayne Johnson of Utah.

From a fellow crewman.
E-mail address is not available.

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On 22 July 1970 a UH-1H Huey (tail number 67-17551) of B Company, 229th AHB, was climbing out following departure from Fire Support Base Granite when it suffered complete engine failure at about 700 feet. The pilot declared an emergency and entered an autorotation. He lacked sufficient altitude or airspeed to avoid a crash-landing in the Song Be River. The aircraft rolled right on water impact and quickly sank. Although three of the men aboard escaped the sinking aircraft, three others died in the crash:
  • CWO Daniel J. Turcotte, Livonia, MI, B/229th, pilot;
  • SP4 Larry D. Johnson, Provo, UT, B/229th, door gunner; and
  • SFC Ronald A. Olesen, Presho, SD, HHB, 1/21st Artillery, passenger.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 2 Feb 2005
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