thanks to the former Mrs. Norma Irving for Lt. Irving's information.
Norma is currently married to Medal of Honor recipient
chopper pilot who was there - Today was a very gruesome day.
We had a 4-company combat assault west of Phu Hoa Dong. On the 1st
lift two of our ships were shot up pretty badly. A VNAF H-34 was
hit by an automatic and blew up on landing. This afternoon we had
a training mission at Trung Lap and as troops loaded in a supposed
secure area there was sniper fire. Gunner platoon leader Lt.
Irving was shot in the chest and died soon afterwards. No such
thing as training. It is all very real.
Donald Coleman, door gunner - I served under Lt. John
William Irving I was a door gunner trained by Lt. Irving. I
respected him and was proud to have served under his leadership.
Lt. Irving made sure we were ready to do our job when we got to Nam by
working us and preparing us for what we would face once we got there, he
would not ask you to do anything that he would not do. He was
tough and worked us hard when we were training. I think all the
guys respected him as a leader and as person.
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