CPT Raymond M. Drennan was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 05/17/1971 at the age of 28.2 from A/C accident
Schaumburg, IL
Date of Birth 02/21/1943
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
Served in Vietnam with HMM-163 in 68-69
This information was provided by Barbara Drennan (wife), Karin Drennan Monreal (daughter), SSN dec

More detail on this person: I am Barbara Drennan, Ray's wife. My daughter told me about this site and wanted me to look for some information. Ray's death was May 17th , 1971, he was 28 years old. He was flying a Jet Bell Ranger for the Illinois Department of Public Works. His job was to transport engineers to new roadway sites. He misjudged a sloping wire and was killed on impact. The seat harness on the helicopter broke on impact and he was thrown from the copter.

I am trying to find his unit number during his tour in Vietnam, for some reason I think it was HHM163 but I still need to do some digging to make sure. I think he was a 2nd Lt but may have been Captain, I just can't remember. His tour was 1968 to 1969 as an active Marine Corp reservist. When he returned from Vietnam he was a flight instructor in Pensacola Fl until leaving active duty in 1970. In 1970 he was hired by the Illinois department of Public Works. He was still attending reserve meetings until his death.

From: Barbara Drennan

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

Please send additions or corrections to: HQ@vhpa.org VHPA Headquarters

Return to the Helicopter Pilot DAT name list

Return to VHPA web site

Date posted on this site: 03/10/2024

Copyright © 1998 - 2024 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association