CW4 Archie L Ahl, CW4 was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/07/2008 at the age of 72.7 from Cancer
Tucson, AZ
Flight Classes 67-4QC and 66-5
Date of Birth 04/13/1936
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 190 AHC in 67-68, 2 SIG GRP in 70-71, PROJECT 404 in 73-74
Call signs in Vietnam SPARTAN 51, SATELLITE 5L
This information was provided by Don Joyce, William Meyer

More detail on this person: Died from a Lengthy battle with cancer. Survived by his wife Maryanne and his Son Roy. Dateline: Summerville, SC

Archie Lee Ahl, CW4 US Army (Retired) of Cascade, Colorado died Sunday December 7, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona.

A graveside memorial service with full military honors will be 11:00 AM Saturday, December 20, 2008 at Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, 1147 Zion Road, Dorchester, SC 29437.

Born April 13, 1937 in Allendale, SC. He was the son of Pickens and Mary Lee Clayton. Archie grew up in Ridgeville, SC and graduated from Ridgeville High School. He joined the US Army August 4, 1953 and started a 38-year career. This career included 82nd Airborne Division (Paratrooper), Special Forces (Green Berets), Helicopter Pilot, Fixed Wing Aircraft Pilot (including Various Army Jets). Archie attained the rank of CW4 and was for a time the senior CW4 in Europe and later, the senior CW4 in the Army. He received yearly extensions from the Secretary of the Army to allow him to remain on active service after the normal 30 years. His tours of duty included four tours in Viet Nam in Special Forces Teams and later in various roles as a helicopter pilot. His last several tours involved Flight Operations in Europe transporting high-ranking military officers, ambassadors, and cabinet level secretaries. During his distinguished career, his awards included 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and 16 other service awards. He also received awards from the Republic of Vietnam.

While stationed in Berlin Germany, Archie met and married Marianne Effner on August 15, 1957. Their son Roy was born November 16, 1962. Archie is survived by Marianne (his wife of 51 years) and Roy, two brothers; Floyd

(Joyce) Ahl, North Charleston, Pickens L. (Joyce) Clayton, Moncks Corner, sisters; Dinah Chiovaro, Goose Creek, Mary (Larry) Strukely, Summerville, Gloria (Richard) Rutherford, Goose Creek, and Sandra (Edward) Dougherty, Goose Creek.

Memorials may be made in memory of CW4 Archie Ahl, US Army (retired), to Disabled American Veterans National Service Foundation, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

Bryant Funeral Home of St. George, SC is assisting the family.

Bryant Funeral Home Phone (843) 563-3325 Fax (843) 563-8910 Toll free 1-800-430-6917 Email bryanthome@bellsouth.net

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