CW2 Wayne M Branch was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/24/2002 at the age of 59.7 from Brain cancer
Ft. Worth, TX
Flight Class 67-5
Date of Birth 07/07/1942
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 282 AHC in 67-68, 176 AHC in 69-70
Call signs in Vietnam BLACKCAT, MINUTEMAN
This information was provided by Jeff Branch (son)

More detail on this person: My father Wayne Branch was an Aircraft Commander with the 176th and David Blattel was his best friend. From a very early age I can recall Dad speaking about the day David was killed in Vietnam. Dad died on March 24, 2002 from brain cancer that he fought for two and a half years. Among several items of memorabilia from his service in Vietnam was a copy of a letter written to David Blattels mother from David's commanding officer that detailed David's death and those aboard his helicopter. Mrs. Blattel knew of the strong friendship that Dad and David had and she had enclosed a copy of that letter for Dad to have. I know that these two are now with God rekindling that great friendship. I would be more than happy to share any info or pictures that I have in order to honor my father and those who served with him. I did not find his name listed on this site, but I know that this oversight can be addressed. You may contact me at

CW2 Wayne M. Branch served in Vietnam from late 1967 until early 1970. He began with the 282nd Assault Helicopter Company, The"BlackCats" and later served with the 176th Helicopter Assault Company as a "Minuteman". Highly decorated, awarded the Silver Star on April 21, 1968, The Distinguished Flying Cross, and 48 Air Medals. Resided in Fort Worth, Texas from 1975 until his death on March 24, 2002. Please contact me if you need any further information. A better e-mail address for me is

From: Jeff Branch

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