CW2 John "Irish" A. Carrigan was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/21/2016 at the age of 71.7
Colorado Springs, CO
Flight Classes 67-3 and 67-5
Date of Birth 02/17/1945
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 119 AHC in 67-68
Call sign in Vietnam IRISH
This information was provided by John L. Keller

More detail on this person: John A Carrigan passed away on October 21, 2016, in Colorado Springs, CO. Loving husband and father, distinguished Vietnam veteran, recipient of two purple hearts, and a thoughtful and insightful leader. John had meticulous attention to detail and a remarkable knack for getting people to work together. Whenever there was a friend in need, he was the first one in line to lend a hand.

Born 17, 1945, to parents Bessie and Bernard Carrigan in Peoria, Il, John was the youngest of four children. He attended Bradley University before enlisting in the U.S. Army where he served as a helicopter pilot in the 119th Assault Helicopter Company from 1966 to 1970. For his selfless acts in Vietnam, he received two purple hearts, and was recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross, the nation's fourth-highest award. John was also awarded the Air Medal for his distinguished service during his 12-month tour of duty in Vietnam.

On March 9, 1969, John married Susan Montgomery and proceeded to raise 3 wonderful children. He worked for AMP/Tyco for 27 years as a Director of Sales & Marketing. Upon retirement in 2010, John and Sue moved to Colorado where they renewed their love for the outdoors by taking up hiking and biking. John continued his hobby of researching history, particularly the Civil War and WWII eras.

Never able to stay fully retired, John joined the Pikes Peak Chapter of Military Officers of America (PPC-MOAA), and became chapter president in 2016. He absolutely loved his role as the president and was passionate about helping the returning vets.

John is survived by his wife, Susan (Montgomery) Carrigan; his three children: Amy (Carrigan) Ehm, Bryan Carrigan, and Jennifer Carrigan; son-in-law Ron Ehm; two grandchildren, two brothers and a sister, and several nieces and nephews. He will be terribly missed by family and friends.

The visitation will be on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (1800 - 2000) at Swan Law - Dignity Memorial, 501 N. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Map link:

The Mass will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 11:00 AM (1100) at St. Francis of Assisi, 2605 Parish View, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. A reception will follow mass where a small lunch will be served. Map link:

A private burial with honors will be held at a later time at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

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Published in The Gazette on Oct. 26, 2016

Burial information: Fort Logan National Cemetery

This information was last updated 10/26/2016

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