CAPEN GENE H

CW3 Gene "Psycho" H. Capen, CW0 was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/01/2010 at the age of 63.8
Colorado Springs, CO
Flight Class 68-3
Date of Birth 04/11/1946
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 120 AHC in 68-69, C/227 AVN 1 CAV in 71, 60 AHC in 71-72
Call signs in Vietnam GHOST RIDER 12, RAZORBACK 41
This information was provided by Sammie Williams - obit

More detail on this person: Gene H. Capen, age 72, passed in his sleep on February 1, 2019 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gene was born April 11, 1946 in Carthage, NY and raised in Brattleboro, VT from an early age. Gene graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in 1964 went on to attend Dean Junior College as well as the University of Southern California. Mr. Capen is a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a helicopter pilot completing two tours from 1968 to 1969 and 1971 to 1972, serving first with the 120th Aviation Company "Razorbacks", 1st Cavalry Division and the 1st Aviation Brigade earning several medals and awards to include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart W/ OLC, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Army Overseas Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Senior Army Aviator Badge. As a result of his service in Vietnam, Mr. Capen had a lifelong struggle from the wounds he received. Upon his completion of military service Mr. Capen lived and worked in Denver Colorado as a commercial pilot and then moved back to Brattleboro where he worked for the US Postal Service. Mr. Capen was a coach for the American Legion Post 5 baseball team for many years, winning a State Championship in 1986. Mr. Capen was a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Eagles and the Elks organizations volunteering time on many projects, especially those in the service of young adults. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Gene Capen to The St. Joseph's Indian School. Donations Link: https://give.stjo.org/site/Donation2?df_id=1740&1740.donation=form1&s_src=memorial-pg&autologin=tr ue 1301 North Main Street Chamberlain, SD 57325 1-800-341-2235 saintjosephs@stjo.org

Burial information: Pikes Peak National Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO

This information was last updated 02/16/2019

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