CPT Keith "Old Cris" M. Crisman was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/23/2007 at the age of 68.4 from Accident
Daleville, AL
Flight Class 69-36
Date of Birth 09/27/1938
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with D/2/5 CAV 1 CAV in 67-68, 361 AWC in 71-72
Call signs in Vietnam PANTHER 5, COURT JESTER, PANTHER 26
This information was provided by Mike Sheuerman

More detail on this person: Keith was born September 27, 1938 in Pennsylvania. He was a career soldier, serving first as an Enlisted man before going to Infantry OCS in 1967. He served two tours in Vietnam, the first, 1968-1969, as an advisor to ARVN Infantry and the second, 12/1970 - 12/1971 as Executive Officer and later 2nd Platoon Leader in the 361st ACE/AWC " Pink Panthers." His awards and decorations include the DFC, Air Medal for Valor, Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart, the Vietnameese Cross of Galantry and numerous " I been there " medals. He retired as a Major.

Keith was a good leader, excellent combat pilot, accomplished card player, fun loving friend, great storyteller and dispenser of "Panther Piss" in the Stickitt Inn. He attended his first Reunion in Las Vegas and was in DC last year.

Keith was fortunate to have two loving wives, Cinda, who passed away in 2004 and Anne who survives him. He is also survived by several children; Kevin Crisman, William Crisman, Lori Strickland, Matthew Cook, Renee Hogue, James Cook and Megan Best; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Keith loved to tell the story of his first tour in Vietnam where he was wounded while leading his troops in an attack. He was shot in the buttocks. And he wasn't shy at all about showing you the scare if you wanted to see it.

Good guy. The Panthers will miss him.

From: Mike Sheuerman

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