CW2 John "Jack" V. Breedlove was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/01/2008 at the age of 63.2 (Exact date not known.)
Trona, CA
Flight Class 67-5
Date of Birth 09/01/1945
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 119 AHC in 67-68, 180 ASHC in 68-69
Call signs in Vietnam ALLIGATOR, BIG WINDY
This information was provided by Barry Geller, Max Mizejewski

More detail on this person: I have been worried and bothered for the last few weeks when I found Jack's telephone number disconnected! Several internet searches finally turned this up. Jack and I were in the same flight class in 1967, WOC 67-05 at Fort Rucker, Alabama. We did not know each other then, nor in Vietnam, but became best of friends 30+ years later when Jack found the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands where I was hiding from life. I shall miss my Good Fellow and Good Friend, he was a very Good Man and worked as hard as he could to be a good father and provider for his family. We shared good times and good stories as he puffed away on his always present cigar. We drank beer and laughed at each other as we watched sunsets. He was an active Life Member of the VHPA (Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association). He flew with the 119 AHC in 1967 and 1968 and did a second tour of Duty with the 180 ASHC, ending in 1969. He then worked at NWC, China Lake, California and returned to Trona about 2002 after living a few years here in St. Croix. Jack, I am going to miss you my friend! Max Mizejewski

Trona resident John Vincent Breedlove passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, of natural causes. He was 63.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Trona VFW Post.

John was born Sept. 1, 1945, in Albany, N.Y. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran, having served from 1969 to 1972. He moved from Orange County to Trona in 1982, and worked at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake as a weapons specialist until his retirement.

He was a celebrated photographer, enjoyed flying, traveling, and reading. He was very involved in his community and was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge and the Trona VFW.

"He was a very good father and husband of 35 years. He was my best friend."

He is survived by his wife, Janet Breedlove of Trona; son, John Paul Breedlove of Arizona; daughter, Rosey Anne Breedlove of Ridgecrest; daughter, Amber Lynn Breedlove of Tennessee; nine sisters and brothers of Albany, N.Y.; father, Arthur Breedlove of Albany, N.Y.; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements provided by Holland & Lyons Mortuary, 371-1376. Media information provided by the family.

RIDGECREST, Calif. John Vincent Breedlove, 63, died unexpectedly October 11, 2008. He was best friend to wife Janet; loving father to John Paul, Rosey Ann and Amber Lynn. He is son of Arthur and the late Jean Breedlove and survived by nine siblings and their families. He graduated St. John's H.S., Rensselaer with college interrupted by the Vietnam War. He served as a chief warrant officer 2, flying Hueys and was decorated with a Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of VN Campaign Medal and Air Medal. Burial will be in Calif. but his local family will hold a memorial Mass Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Clinton Heights with a reception following at the East Greenbush VFW. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Samuel Stratton VAMC, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208 is requested.

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