CW2 Frederic "Rick" W. Bente was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 06/28/2001 at the age of 56.1 from Heart Attack
Santa Fe, NM
Flight Class 68-505
Date of Birth 05/22/1945
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 121 AHC in 68-69
This information was provided by Karen Miller

More detail on this person: CWO Rick Bente flew out of SocTrang from July 68-April '69. He was medivac'd to Camp Zulu in Japan then to Walter Reed, then to Ft. Devens, Mass. We divorced in 1973. As I grew older, I realized how little I understood the war, my husband, his dedication to his flying, his everyone's heroism. What little recognition they received.

He graduated from Ft. Rucker the night Bobby Kennedy was shot...after he recovered we went back to Ft. Rucker. He got out in '71 with the rift....he ended up flying offshore for an Oil Company out of Houston...this was after we divorced.

From: Karen Heesch (formerly Bente)

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