WO1 John "The Voice" E. Flanagan was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/14/2021 at the age of 74.9
Radcliff, KY
Flight Classes 67-1 and 66-23
Date of Birth 11/06/1946
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with B/1/9 CAV 1 CAV in 67-68, 144 ASA in 69-70
Call signs in Vietnam SABER BLUE 37, VANGUARD 626
This information was provided by Greg Ross

More detail on this person: John E. Flanagan, 74, born Nov. 6, 1946, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. USA, Major, USA Aviation (Retired 1986) Flight Class: WORWAC 66-23 / 67-1 Vietnam service with B 1/9 CAV Apr 1967-68 144th AVN Co (RR) Aug 1969-70 Dual-rated Master Army Aviator. Awards include: DFC (OLC), BS (OLC), AM (No. 54), PH, ARCOM (OLCs), AAM, Callsign: Saber Blue 37, Vanguard 626. Survived by his loving spouse of more than 52 years, Anne M. "Snooks" McCloskey Flanagan; father of James Joseph (Carla) and Kelly Anne (Jeff Shrode); grandfather of Emily Renee Shrode and Jonathan William Shrode. Survived also by his two sisters, Peggy Clarke (Gerald V.), and Hannah Johnston (William P.). He was preceded in death by his parents, James J. and Margaret R. (Rogan); and two brothers, James Joseph and David Patrick. Loving uncle to many and Godfather to four, Peggy Rogan, Susan Flanagan, Terry Johnston and Charles John McCloskey. John was born in Brooklyn, New York, and entered the Army through the draft. He served on active duty for 20 years and retired as major, armor and aviation branch. John published a book about his first tour in his book "Born in Brooklyn_Raised in the CAV!" Upon retirement, the Flanagans settled in Radcliff, where he entered the defense contracting business in the training and simulation arena culminating as the CEO of Bedrock Company Inc. John was active in the community and served as the principal officer or board member of several bodies. He is past master Camp Knox Masonic Lodge No. 919, Scottish Rite, KARAM Grotto, KOSAIR Shrine Temple, National Sojourners, Heroes of '76', Optimist Club of Radcliff, Vine Grove Community Leadership Program, VFW Post No. 10281, American Legion Post No. 113, AUSA, MOAA, VHPA, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and Radcliff Small Business Alliance, among others. He served on Radcliff's Planning and Zoning Commission for many years and represented Radcliff on LTADD Workforce Investment Board.

Burial information: Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central

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