WO1 Daniel S. Gressang was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/21/2006 at the age of 71.6 from Heart failure
Ormond Beach, FL
Flight Class 58-1
Date of Birth 03/21/1935
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 81 TC CO in 62-63, 180 ASHC in 67-68, 243 ASHC in 68
Call sign in Vietnam ALPHA 31
This information was provided by Daniel S. Gressang IV, Don Joyce

More detail on this person: Daniel S. Gressang, III, 71, of Ormond Beach, Florida, passed away quietly at home on October 21, 2006. Daniel was born March 21, 1935, in Pottsville, PA, the son of Daniel S. Jr. and Monica Burns Gressang.

He spent most of his early years living in Florida with his grandparents, and his high school years were spent with his father and stepmother in the Panama Canal Zone. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1954 and spent the next 20 years serving his country in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Major. Daniel served two tours of duty in Vietnam flying various types of helicopters and received many medals, one being the Distinguished Flying Cross. His name is on the Wall of Honor at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. He was very proud of his military service in which he flew straight wing air craft, but mainly all types of helicopters. After his retirement, he was employed by Petroleum Helicopters Inc., and Doss Aviation, where he served as an instructor pilot at Fort Rucker and in Mexico for the Mexican government.

Daniel was a gun enthusiast, belonged to the NRA, and enjoyed hunting. He was an avid reader and a history buff, and loved to travel. Daniel belonged to the Panama Canal Society and was a graduate of the University of Tampa.

Dan was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret, who died in 1992. Surviving are his wife, Dawn, of Ormond Beach, a son, Daniel, IV, and daughter in law, Lutitia Gressang, two grandchildren, Daniel V and Alyssa Gressang, in Maryland; two step-children, Scott and his wife, Catriona Parker, in Florida and Kevin Parker in New Jersey. He has four step-grandchildren, Felicia, Alyssa, Kyle, and Andrea Parker.

Grave site services with military honors will be held in Ozark, Alabama. A celebration of his life will be held at his home in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the American Heart Association, or to the Panama Canal Society Museum at 7985 113th St., Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785

Obituary from Ozark, AL paper.

Last name spelled GESSANG in Ralph Young's book Army Aviation in Vietnam 1962/1963

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