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Wonderful man, considerate, loving, thoughtful. . .and ALWAYS funny! You just never knew what he would say next ;~D

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18 Dec.1943 1
Republic, Pa. 1
Death:
10 April,1981 1
Phoenix, AZ 1
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Louis James Ottaviani/Otto 1
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Birth:
18 Dec.1943 1
Republic, Pa. 1
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Death:
10 April,1981 1
Phoenix, AZ 1
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Weight/Build: slender/strong 1
Eye Color: Brown 1
Hair Color: Brown 1
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Mother: Mary Tomotchko 1
Father: Joseph Ottaviani/OTTO 1
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Louie and Barbi Otto Family
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    Airman 3rd Class Louis Otto's Vietnam Service is the 2nd Story.... Aircraft Engine Mechanic, Pacific US Air Forces.  (2nd Story below)

   Louie Otto was born "Louis James (Jimmy) Ottaviani/Otto" to Joseph and Mary and both his mother/Mary and his twin sister Patricia Ann died during childbirth.  Louis survived and with the help of family was cared for.   Joseph's first son was born about 1940 ...John Joseph "Jack" Otto.   FATHER/ Joe Otto re-married to Albina Joan Opolinsky (1921-1993) and THEY had 5 children.... the 1/2 siblings were;   Angela (Cheech), Carol Ann, Joey, Tony and Andrea.   As of March, 2013... after Jimmie (Louie),;  Joey, Carol and Andrea are deceased.

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 *** OTTO/Ottaviani Family; Joseph ( 1911 – 1966 ) and Mary Tomotchko ( 1916 – 1943 )

(John Joseph) "Jack"; About 1940; /Class of 19__ .

(Louis J.) "Jimmie"; (38) 18 Dec. 1943- 10 April, 1981 *** /Class of 1960/61

~~~ Jimmie's twin- Patricia Ann Ottaviani /Otto (1943-1943) and their mother Mary (27) (1916-1943) died in child birth.

*** (Joseph (died at 59) and Alby (died at 72) - (Albina Joan Opolinsky 1921 – 1993)

Cheech (Angela) Born; About 1948- /Class of 19__ .

Carol Ann (Otto) Dadisman; (1951- __ ) *** /Class of '68

Joseph T. "Joey"; (58) 1952- 2010 *** /Class of 1970

(Carl A.) "Tony"; 1958- /Class of 19__ .

Andrea; (49) 24 July, 1961- 22 March, 2011 *** /Class of (about) 1978
 

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    Louie did not USE his middle name, I imagine his parents decided on both girl and boy names before the birth but with the tragedy of the mother/Mary (  Mary Tomotchko 1916 – 1943  ) and girl child Patricia ( Patricia Ann Ottaviani/Otto1943 – 1943 ) BOTH dying at birth and baby boy Louis surviving .... in 1943, it is nearly unimaginable how one would cope with a loss like that.  The names were recorded .... Louis James was called JIMMIE by his Family.   Louie's dad/Joseph then had Jack and Jimmie and he remarried and had 5 more children.  Louis James Otto was then called LOUIE by all of the Military Personel and he never mentioned his middle name again.  (?)

   Louie graduated from Redstone Township High School, PA in 1961 and entered the Service in Dec. 1961.  In the USAF, Airman Third Class Louis Otto graduated from Shepperd AFB, the Technical Training for Aircraft Engine Mechanics and was assigned to Otis AFB Mass.  (  Daily Courier, The | Connellsville, Pennsylvania | Wednesday, June 27, 1962 | Page 2;  LOUIS OTTO  )

   Aircraft Mechanic Louis Otto served in Viet Nam, in Combat Service at Bien Hoa.   Pacific US Air Forces Mechanics maintained the airplanes that flew Combat against the Viet Cong. ( Daily Courier, The | Connellsville, Pennsylvania | Wednesday, December 16, 1964 | Page 19  LOUIS OTTO   )

   Louie only ever told one story, that being of a surprise incoming fire-power attack where  he with his best friend (and the Command Pilot) ran out on the tarmac to try to get their A1-E Skyraider out of the line of incoming fire but a mortar/missile bomb hit his friend and his plane and they were gone  ...... Louie was an AP Mechanic, he only ever told me that single story.  I knew that it was "his" plane.... STORY BELOW. . . Louie was with US Army Major Thomas Whitlock (KIA) ... the Pilot of the A1-E Skyraider (VNAF aircraft that Louis worked on) trying to get it off the ground when it was hit by an 81 mm shell and burned on the runway. 

 ***   1 Nov.1964    Surprise mortar attack on Bien Hoa Airbase took place about 12:26 a.m. on 1 Nov 1964. Those killed were Richard P Bubar, Thomas Joseph Hanley, Ronald Thomas O'Keefe, Harry Joseph Sickler and LTC Thomas Daniel Whitlock.

    November 1, 1964;   Two days before the U.S. presidential election, Vietcong mortars shell Bien Hoa Air Base near Saigon. Four Americans are killed, 76 wounded. Five B-57 bombers are destroyed, and 15 are damaged.  Please see links AND the Story below.....

     (If you are reading this and know even more to the story below, please email WWII Historical Researcher   PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  Barbara Ennis (Otto) Connolly. Please also see the LINKS to the other men KIA and injured *under the Map* ... )

    I met Louie in late '74 to early 1975 through mutual friends, my co-worker and best friend Sandy Knytych introduced me to her husband/Jim's best freind from the Phone Company.... Back in the 1970's, I believe it was "Mountain Bell". . . later Louie would take a position with Northern Telecom because they had the 1st Computer. . . I well remember his amazement and excitement because this large-freezer sized "Computer" managed (at first) TWO sets of conversations on a single-set line and then later, 64 on a single-set line!!!  Ah!  Those were the days of discovery   ;~)  

    We were married in 1976 and built a home in Tempe, AZ and started our "Cabin in the Woods" (above Prescott, AZ) imm. after. . . a nearly every-weekend adventure, even through most of the winter SNOWS.   There were tons of old mines to explore, "Fools Gold" to bring home and picnic's in the Park.  Prescott was just over 100 miles North and Potato Patch was at almost 8000'. (In the Bradshaw Mountains of Central Arizona).  

  Louie died shortly after we were divorced in a tragic one car accident, a man with exemplary driving skills, (I believe he had his mind on the 1/2 work-day/Friday being over because he was going to sign papers on his new home).  10 April, 1981 .....  Louie drove straight into the back of a parked city bus and died instantly.  This amazing and intelligent man was loved by many, including myself, Barbi Ennis (Otto) Connolly and "his" daughters Donna and Bambi.  I nearly died the day HE did, we talked all the time.   I love him as much today as the day we wed, as the day we divorced. . . he was the "life of the party", he was the most intelligent and FUN man and oddly, when not playing the clown, he was always thoughtful and thinking of others. The divorce was not a lack of love, LIFE just somehow got in the way...... We continued to communicate  (Both by phone and meeting)  nearly every day.....

     He had the patience of a saint and could and DID spend countless hours teaching the girls to "build" something to keep them occupied while he and I built our "CABIN" in the woods, surrounded by Prescott National Forest and in a small community called "Potato Patch" at just under 8000' in the Bradshaw Mountains of Central Arizona..... "Thar's GOLD in them-thar' hills!". . . Lots of it if you are willing to work hard :)    In fact, earlier in the Century, the level place (our PARK) was where the Gold Miners grew their staple; Potatoes!

   In addition to teaching the girls to "hammer" things, he was a Math-Wiz, and being so patient, would spend hours again teaching them a math concept... or re-teaching that concept until they got IT ....AND the "A"....  Well, Donna got the A+  ... Bambi got a B or C.  What a guy!   The Life of the Party, always fun and funny, thoughtful and his surprising year-round "April Fools" type-pranks had everyone laughing !!!!   (and watching for the next one to happen ;)

    To be SOooooooooo in LOVE. . .  Before Ottaviani, it was way back from royalty (we used to laugh about that one!)  and it was Y'Ottaviani  (Kind-of like Yacht- ah-Ve-aH-neee)   Louie was the most wonderul but damaged man I ever knew.... I loved him dearly.....   He did not know how to love ......   which is a completely untrue statement... he loved with all his heart but did not know how to show it.   He DID finish the cabin and then sold it to me.   He wanted to "start over", and somehow just finishing the cabin helped him do that.  The new home was the next step, he was the best driver I ever knew and never had as much as a fender bender and must have been lost in thought to drive straight into the back of a parked city bus.   They said there were no more than a few feet of braking, he died instantly.
     I alway think the Lord takes some sooner to save them from something worse later. . . . He was the life of the party and overwhelmingle shy too.  "Loved and Missed"     .......May the Lord keep him safe in His arms forever.  

 

Barbara Ennis (Otto) Connolly, 57th Bomb Wing History Team Member and Historian for the 319th abnd 321st Bomb Groups, WWII B-25's in the MTO.

     PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

Bien Hoa Air Base, Viet Nam

Bien Hoa, Viet Nam

Louie Otto belonged to the 34th Tactical Group - Bien Hoa, Vietnam
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This is dedicated to the memory of the brave men and women who served in Viet Nam and never returned home.  -B

Viet Nam Battle Field Time-Line; http://www.pbs.org/battlefieldvietnam/timeline/index.html

In the USAF, Airman Third Class Louis Otto graduated from Shepperd AFB, the Technical Training for Aircraft Engine Mechanics and was assigned to Otis AFB Mass. 1962.  (  Daily Courier, The | Connellsville, Pennsylvania | Wednesday, June 27, 1962 | Page 2;  LOUIS OTTO  )                                                                                                         

 Louie's friend that was KIA that day was the US Army American Advisor Combat Pilot of the A1-E Skyraider (of the VNAF) Major Thomas Whitlock.   Major/Lt Col Whitlock was a graduate of the DLI, one of the 1st and most important advisors that had learned the Vietnamese Language.                                    

   Aircraft Mechanic Louis Otto served in Viet Nam, in Combat Service at Bien Hoa.   Pacific US Air Forces Mechanics maintained the airplanes that flew Combat against the Viet Cong. ( Daily Courier, The | Connellsville, Pennsylvania | Wednesday, December 16, 1964 | Page 19  LOUIS OTTO   )                                                                                     

  Louis served with the Pacific US Air Forces in Vietman, his particular AF Unit at Bien Hoa was the 34th Tactical Group, Vietman.  They were all under the command of the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam  (Another of Louis' friends and one of the INJURED was Robert Larson, in the Army's 118th Air Moble Light Assault Helicopter Company).  The 34th was the most active Air Force combat unit in Vietnam in 1964 and saw the most combat action.  It was a complex unit which trained and maintained the Viet Nam Air Force (VNAF) which had a psychological warfare team and flew close combat air support for the ARVN ground forces and for the 33rd Vietnamese Ranger Battalion based at Bien Hoa.  Very few Vietnamese flew in the VNAF, most VNAF aircraft were flown by American Advisor Combat Pilots.  The airplanes used were mostly the older A1-E Skyraiders (for their slower 'close air support' ability) and which were maintained and flown as VNAF aircraft.                                        

     US Army Major Thomas Whitlock  was Louie's friend that was KIA during the 1 Nov. 1964 Raid.  Louis also knew Robert Larson (One of the injured) of the 118th as they often went down to the small basketball court about a block South of the 118th compound to play games with the VNAF pilots (Maj. T Whitlock) and ground crews (along with his crew friend Ronald O'Keefe that was also KIA).    Most notable amoung the VNAF was Nguyen Cao Ky who was well known by Louis and Ronald long before he came to power in Vietnam.                                                                                                                                       "History is History and rarely is it completely factual".   This information is from one serviceman who was there during the raid and injured during the Attack.  SIX service Members were killed and 90 were wounded as well as 29 B-57 Cambera Bombers, a USAF Sea Knight Rescue Helicopter and the single A1-E Skyraider (the VNAF aircraft that Louis worked on) which was flown by Army Major Thomas Whitlock.   Louis was assisting Major Whitlock who died trying to get his Skyraider off the ground (when it was hit by an 81 mm shell and burned on the runway).   

 Bien Hoa, Air Base, Viet Nam;  1 Novenber 1964;  Louie was there, this is the Bombing Raid that took the life of his friend US Army Major Thomas Whitlock, the Pilot of the close combat aircraft, the A1-E Skyraider that Louie maintained. 

 In the early hours of November 1st 1964, the Bien Hoa Air Base, situated 12 miles North of Saigon, came under fierce rocket and mortar fire from the Viet Cong.
US Army Major Thomas Whitlock (KIA) ... the Pilot of the A1-E Skyraider was trying to get it off the ground when it was hit by an 81 mm shell and burned on the runway.  US Army American Advisor Combat Pilot of the A1-E Skyraider (of the VNAF) Major Thomas Whitlock was a graduate of the DLI, one of the 1st and most important advisors.    Maj. Thomas Whitlock was the Infantry Unit Commander (Ranger Qual) with 20 Years in the Service.  The Maj. was a graduate of the DLI (Vietnamese LANGUAGE) West Coast Branch, Defense Language Institute, San Francisco, Ca.   He was also the C.O. 48th ARVN INFANTRY, ADV Team 88, HQ, MACV ADVISORS
  Funeral:  Vietnamese General Pham Van Dong, Commander of the Siagon area, pinned the National Order of Vietnam and the Cross of Gallentry on the coffin of Maj. (LTC) Thomas Whitlock during the butial service in Siagon, Vietnam.  Major Whitlock was killed in the guerilla attack on the Bien Hoa Air Base last Sunday, 1 Nov. 1964.  He was awarded the rank of Lt. Col. posthumously.

Two days before the U.S. presidential election, Vietcong mortars shell Bien Hoa Air Base near Saigon. Four Americans are killed, 76 wounded. Five B-57 bombers are destroyed, and 15 are damaged.
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In the early hours of November 1st 1964, the Bien Hoa Air Base, situated 12 miles North of Saigon, came under fierce rocket and mortar fire from the Viet Cong. A squadron of B-57 bombers was immobilized, with 5 destroyed, and a further 15 damaged. Four U.S. servicemen and two Vietnamese were killed, and a further 76 [the precise number varies between accounts] were wounded in the attack.

U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, General Maxwell Taylor, immediately noted that this was a “deliberate act of escalation” that “should be met promptly by an appropriate act of reprisal”. The Joint Chiefs thought a single response was too limited, and recommended a series of retaliatory strikes. However, no reprisal attacks were ordered. The South Vietnamese government was extremely unstable, having undergone continuous shuffling and jockeying for position since the assassination of President Diem the previous November, and the U.S. presidential election was only two days away (November 3rd, 1964). It was feared that reprisal attacks may have an undue effect on both of these political situations. This is explained in further detail in The Logic of Force: The Dilemma of Limited War in American Foreign Policy

 

The 118th Assault Helicopter Company was stationed at the base at the time, but despite their helicopters being completely unprotected, none of the vehicles were damaged. Following the attack, the 118th constructed sandbag barricades to protect the helicopters in future attacks. The attack is briefly described by John C. Bahnsen, who was a member of the 118th, in his book American Warrior: A Combat Memoir Of Vietnam
(Article for “Vietnam War Timeline” / “Vietnam Timeline” / “Vietnam War History” for November 1st 1964)

http://vietnamwarmusicguide.com/vietnamwartimeline-11011964-viet-cong-escalates-with-mortar-rocket-attack-on-bien-hoa-air-base

Bien Hoa; USAF use during the Vietnam War

During the Vietnam War, Bien Hoa was a major United States Air Force base. The USAF forces stationed there were under the command of the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). With its close proximity to the international airport at Saigon, Bien Hoa Air Base was the easiest tactical air base to be reached by visiting news reporters, and therefore it received the greatest amount of news and photographic coverage during the war.

Bien Hoa was the location for TACAN station Channel 73 and was referenced by that identifier in voice communications during air missions. Its military mail address was APO San Francisco, 96490.

It was at Bien Hoa Air Base that the United States Air Force entered the Vietnam War.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bien_Hoa_Air_Base

 United States Pacific Air Forces  Pacific Air Forces

Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) is a Major Command of the United States Air Force. PACAF is also the air component of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM). PACAF is headquartered at Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii. It is one of two USAF Major Commands assigned outside of the Continental United States, the other being the United States Air Forces in Europe. Over the past sixty plus years, PACAF has been engaged in combat twice during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Pacific_Air_Forces

 

US Army Maj. Thomas Whitlock (posthumiously a LT COL)  KIA.  He was awarded the National Order of Vietnam and the Cross of Gallentry which were placed on the coffin during the burial service by Vietnamese General Pham Van Dong, Commander of the Siagon area, South Viet Nam.    Maj Whitlock was killed in the guerrilla attack on the Bien Hoa Airbase on Sun. 1 November, 1964

 **SPECIAL Thanks** to Robert Larson, one of the injured that day for his kindness in assisting with facts and pictures regarding this time in Bien Hoa, Vietnam.  BarbiEnnis (Otto) Connolly;  PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

34th Tactical Group

Vietnam

Douglas A1-E Skyraider, Bien Hoa
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34th Tactical Group;  Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bien_Hoa_Air_Base

34th Tactical Group

The war continued to spread as enemy forces grew. By June 1963, the United States Air Force presence in Vietnam had grown to almost 5,000 airmen. As the buildup continued, USAF directed the activation of a more permanent organizational structure to properly administer the forces being deployed to Bien Hoa Air Base. The 34th Tactical Group was established, and activated, on 19 June 1963, taking control of the USAF assets on 9 July.

The 34th was reactivated in July 1963 as the 34th Tactical Group to train Republic of Vietnam Air Force (RVNAF) personnel in counter-insurgency operations. It provided training for RVNAF strike pilots, forward air controllers, and observers. The 34th also flew a variety of combat missions, including close air support, escort and interdiction, psychological warfare, aerial supply, forward air control and tactical liaison. The group pioneered tactical weapons and munitions, such as the A-1 Skyraider, the minigun, the daisycutter, and the gunship. Aircrews of the 1st Air Commando Squadron performed the first combat tests of the FC-47 gunship beginning December 1964.

Douglas A-1 E Skyraider;

http://www.pbs.org/battlefieldvietnam/air/a1e.html

Barbi Ennis (Otto) Connolly, WWII Historical Researcher and 319th and 321st Bomb Group Historian, B-25's in the MTO.   I also work with 'other' ships/aircraft and other wars... this is Vietnam...it has been an Honor to place these Heroes that made that ultimate sacrifice.   PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

"Louie and Barbi"

Prescott, AZ

Scottsdale, AZ A day-out! Mother, Alta Ennis with Barbi and Louie, and Bambi and Donna
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Louie and Barbi and the girls, Donna and Bambi began building the CABIN in the woods, up near My Union in the Bradshaw Mountaints of Central AZ.

Vietnam WALL

The WALL;

The Wall   A little history most people will never know
Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
    There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.     The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 57 years since the first casualty.     The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.     There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.     39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.     8,283 were just 19 years old.     The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.     12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.     5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.     One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.     997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam ..     1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..     31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.     Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.     54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.     8 Women are on the Wall, Nursing the wounded.     244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.     Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.

The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
 
The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
 
The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.
 
For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.
 
(Copied for information and placed by WWII Historical Researcher Barbi Ennis Connolly) PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 

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