CW4 Cleatus "Cleat" L Heck was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/06/1968 at the age of 41.4 from Heart attack
Mineral Wells, TX
Flight Class 57-8
Date of Birth 09/13/1926
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with UTT in 62-63, B/1 AVN 1 INF in 65-66, D/1/4 CAV in 66
Call sign in Vietnam CLOWN
This information was provided by Kerry Heck Mott, Charlie Ostick, 9th Reunion

More detail on this person: Retired in 1972 at Ft. Wolters, TX. Died in 1973. Mentioned in the Vietnam Diary as the lop-eared hillbilly. From Pope's statement: "Cleat was almost to retirement at Camp Wolters when he had his heartache(sic) (heart attack?). He was digging water line ditches for the trailer park he was opening at Mineral Wells.

He was instrumental in developing armed helicopters. He mount(ed) small cal machine guns on CH-21's and developed one of the early intervolometers(sic) for firing 2.75" rockets mounted on UH-1A's. Elvin R. Helsel, 67, auto accident victim Elvin R. Helsel, 67, of 3810 Bellows Drive, Camp Hill, died Saturday in Westminster, Md., from injuries caused by an automobile accident. He was a retired Army officer; commander of Mount Airy Legion Post 191; and a member of 40 et 8, the Retired Army Officers Association, West Shore Elks Club 2257 and St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Hampden Twp. He was the widower of Isabell Helsel. Surviving are a son, Dennis E. of Minoa, N.Y.; a daughter, Donna E. Paul of Camp Hill; a brother, James A. of Mount Airy, Md.; two sisters, Audry Decker Glenolden and Nancy Falkenbury, both of Pinellas Park, Fla.; and five grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in his church. Burial with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Arlington National Cemetery. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Myers-Harner Funeral Home, Camp Hill, and from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to his church's memorial fund, 4200 Market St., Camp Hill 17011.

Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

This information was last updated 12/15/2017

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