More detail on this person: John-Michael Orlando Hendrix was born on 12 February, 1949 in
Bremerton, Washington and died on 13 November, 2006 in Granite Falls, Washington as a result of
complications from pericarditis. He joined the Army in 1968 and graduated from Flight School with
Class 69-13. John served three tours in Vietnam. His first tour was with the 1st Brigade, 82nd
Airborne Division, second tour was with B Trp 2/17th Cav, 101st Airborne Division and his last tour
was with C Trp 2/17th Cav, 101st Airborne Division.
John flew the OH-6A and among his many awards were four Distinguished Flying Crosses. While serving as a scout pilot in B Trp he met and married a nurse from the 85th Evac Hospital at Phu Bai. I had the pleasure to fly John and Patti to DaNang so they could catch their honeymoon flight.
John left the Army after Vietnam and he continued flying helicopters. For several years he flew for a big oil company. When John finally quit flying he turned to writing. He wrote the book To Have and To Hold which told about his Vietnam experiences as well as his love for Patti.
All of us who had the pleasure of knowing John, miss him. Especially his daughter Heather and Heidi.
Farewell Banshee 14. We will see you again on lower Banshee pad.
From: Steve Pullen, Banshee 11
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