CPT Rudy Parris was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/01/1985 at the age of 40.6 (Exact date not known.) from A/C accident
Hopkinsville, KY
Flight Class 69-24
Date of Birth 05/02/1945
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with D/3/4 CAV 25 INF in 69-71
Call sign in Vietnam CENTAUR
This information was provided by Cary J. Bacon, 6th Reunion

More detail on this person: Killed in an Arrow Air Airline crash when returning from rotation while on acitve duty.I just had a wonderful telephone conversation with Malinda Parris. We covered many topics. I really have a good feeling inside after talking to her about Rudy & my serving with him in Nam. Rudy was killed in the crash in Gander Newfoundland in December of 1985. At that time he was a Warrant Officer CW3. I did not directly ask her about the CAV newsletter, but after talking with her I have no doubt they are still reading it. Malinda told me that their son, who is now 33 years old, has started learning more about his father & collecting items relevant to him & the Vietnam war. Among his most prized items of his father's is Rudy's flight helmet from Vietnam. I hope I am relating this correctly as I feel somewhat overcome with emotion. Rudy is buried at FT. Scott, Kansas cemetary near Pittsburg. I gave Malinda the website addressed for WAVV & & told her where she could find a picture of him. She comes up from Kentucky about once a year to Ft. Scott. I also gave her my e-mail address to stay in touch. When she comes to Wichita my wife & I are going to meet her to talk over dinner. I feel very honored to have visited with her especially after my long search trying to find Rudy.

From: Mike Olson

D troop 3/4 Cav was Centaur. He was my section leader in Cobra Platoon D/3/4 during his 69-70 tour. He was RIF in 1973 and was able to rejoin as an Army Warrant Officer in late 70's or early 80's. In 1986, I contacted his home to learn than of his death on Arrow Air. Cary J. Bacon July 2000.

Burial information: Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, KS

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