CARPENTER GORDON D

LTC Gordon D Carpenter was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/02/1984 at the age of 55.8
Phoenix, AZ
Date of Birth 11/30/1928
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 13 CAB in 63, 18 AVN in 63
This information was provided by David Kopf (son), SSN Deceased search

More detail on this person: Gordon David Carpenter, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired), bom 30 November 1928, passed away at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on 2 October 1984.

Lieutenant Colonel Carpenter entered the Academy as a qualified competitor in 1948 after service in Marburg, Germany as an enlisted man. He graduated with the Sesqui-centennial Class in June 1952 as Cadet Brigade Commander.

His military career spanned twenty-four years from 1946 until 1970, the year of his retirement. As a company grade officer, Colonel Carpenter served both in the Federal Republic of Germany and in Korea before being accepted for flight training. He was aviation staff officer, Seventh US Army in Germany (1965_66) and later served as plans, operations and training officer, 15th Aviation Group, US Army, Europe.

In the Republic of Viet Nam, "Gordo" served as operations officer of the 13th Aviation Battalion and later as commander of the 18th Aviation Company. He flew both fixed wing and rotary wing craft.

Lieutenant Colonel Carpenter was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and later served as an instructor there.

Survivors include his wife Barbara of Phoenix and a brother Richard of Alpine, Arizona.

Another site mentions him, http://18aviationcompanyotternest.webs.com/ch2ott ernesthistory.htm. I have several letters from him to his mother in 1963 in which he says he was at Nha Trang in Feb '63 and in Danang in May '63, and Can Tho in Aug '63 where he says works as a "battalion operations officer_planning and conducting the aviation part of helicopter operations."

As a teenager I think my stepmother mentioned he had been awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam. I don't know what it was for, but perhaps the citation would shed some light. I am not sure how to get his military records, but perhaps there is a listing of award citations?

From: David Kopf (formerly Carpenter)

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