Allan Francis WilkinsSpecialist Four
358TH AVN DET, 525TH MI GRP, USARV
Army of the United States
11 September 1950 - 08 April 1971
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The database page for Allan Francis Wilkins
This is in remembrance of my brother, Allan. He left a young bride and had just found out he was going to be a dad. His daughter just got married last year.
I believe he was the thirteenth, and last, Vermonter to die in Vietnam. He was crew chief of his helicopter when it crashed in Bien Hoa. If anyone knew him over there (or here) please contact me.
He is still always in my thoughts.
Sue Wilkins Gorsch
I was a little kid in Philly, just about 9-10 years old, and had an immense crush on a beautiful little blonde-haired girl of the same age who was going to school with me at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel by the name of Linda Wodarczyk.
Her dad was the same Matt J. Wodarczyk who went down as the co-pilot here with Allan Wilkins, and his death was the first and only from Vietnam that even came close to directly affecting me. I still remember to this day going to the funeral at the Murphy-Ruffenach Funeral Home at 3rd & Wolf Streets in Philly (still there to this day) and seeing little Linda. She seemed like an angel, like there was a glow all around her. Perhaps it was her dad protecting her. Perhaps it is just 33 years and a glorified memory.
Whatever the case, a short time after her dad's death, I would guess at the end of that school year, the family moved away from their home on St. Christopher Drive. I never saw or heard from her again, but she has never left my mind for some reason.
All grown up, I am a police supervisor here in Philly. As a cop, one of my patrol areas included 2nd & Spruce, the site of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. When I realized it was there, I checked for the name to see if it was engraved, and there it was... Matt J. Wodarczyk. I always gave special patrol protection to that Memorial while assigned to that area.
Thank you to everyone who fought and served in a most worthy cause, the Vietnam War. Especially to those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their country and freedom in general, men like Matt J. Wodarczyk and Allan Wilkins.
And if anyone ever runs across a daughter of Matt's by the name of Linda, or knows anything of her, pass along a hello from her childhood. Amazing thing is that she probably has no recollection of me whatsoever. I mean, we were 10 years old.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 08 Apr 1971 four men from the 358th Aviation Detachment died in the crash of their UH-1H (tail number 68-15763) in Bien Hoa Province, SVN:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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