CW5 Raymond P. Ferrante was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 04/18/2015 at the age of 68.5 from Auto accident
Long Valley, NJ
Flight Class 68-521
Date of Birth 11/04/1946
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with B/101 AVN 101 ABN in 69, A/101 AVN 101 ABN in 70, AIR AMERICA in 72-74
Call signs in Vietnam KINGSMAN 27, COMANCHERO 12
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More detail on this person: A 68-year-old man died Saturday after a Lexus hit the classic 1961 Chevrolet Corvette he was driving, police said. Police received a 911 call of a motor vehicle crash in the area of 338 West Mill Road at 5:28 p.m.

Raymond P. Ferrante, of the Long Valley section of the township, had been traveling west on West Mill Road at the same time a 2013 Lexus RX was traveling east, police said.

The Lexus, which was operated Elaine Moran, 69, of Long Valley, crossed over the center double line for unknown reason striking the Corvette head on, police said. The woman was not injured in the crash and refused any medical attention, police said.

Ferrante was ejected from the vehicle by the force of the collision, police said.

Patrol Officer Adam Feichter along with a passer-by performed CPR on Ferrante but he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is currently under investigation by Patrol Officer Philip Seabeck of the Washington Township Traffic Bureau and Morris County Sheriffs Department

Assisting agencies at the scene; Washington Township Fire Companies, Long Valley First Aid Squad and Morris County Sheriffs Department and Morris County Medical Examiner

He was one of Donald Trump's personal pilots for many years.

Raymond Ferrante was nothing if not generous and selfless, a man always looking to help others and stand up for the common good. The immensely accomplished military serviceman, father, and husband died recently in a car crash in Long Valley, and will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, according to his obituary.

Ferrante, 68, of Long Valley, was born in the Bronx. After two years at Manhattan College, he joined the Army's 101st Airborne Division as a helicopter pilot. That taste of flying led to his lifelong passion and career, with Ferrante logging more than 25,000 flight hours. During the Vietnam war, Ferrante completed more than 2,100 hours of combat flight time and received 48 Air Medals, three with Valor as well as a Bronze Star.

He returned to Vietnam with Air America for three years, where he met his wife Sherry in Saigon, then worked in Iran, Mexico, the Arctic, Morocco, the Bahamas, and Saudi Arabia.

Ferrante joined Trump Airlines in 1984 and later worked as the Donald Trump's personal pilot. He retired from the New Jersey National Guard in 2006 as a CW5 Chief Warrant Officer, which is the highest rank achievable by an Army Warrant Officer, having spent more than 20 years serving.

In his down time, Ferrante was a skilled carpenter, builder, and loved all things mechanical, including classic cars. It was the meticulously restored 1961 Chevrolet Corvette that Ferrante died in.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry, daughter Nancy, and two sons, James and Warren.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Ferrante residence on May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m., and the veteran will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to the Army Aviation Association of America, the NJARNG Yellow Ribbon Program, or a national veterans charity of your choice.

Burial information: Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

This information was last updated 09/14/2013

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