Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Army 1
Warrant Officer 1
28 Mar 1947 1
27 Mar 1970 1

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Full Name:
Ralph Richard Quick, Jr 1
28 Mar 1947 1
Male 1
27 Mar 1970 1
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 1
Age at Death: 22 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 27 Mar 1970 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Hometown: Gerald, MO 1
Marital Status: Married 1

Vietnam War 1

Army 1
Warrant Officer 1
1st Bn 1
Enlistment Type:
Reserve 1
W1 1
Major Command:
108th Arty Grp 1
39th Artillery 1
Army 1
Tour Start Date:
06 Dec 1969 1
Years Served:
1 1
Baptist - Other Groups 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 49 1
Panel: 12W 1

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On March 27th Ralph, with a passnger (a Lt. Col. from one of the 155SP batallions) went out along the mountains south of dong Ha. He went single ship (as no one else liked flying aero-scout missions, and I had left for the Griffins by then), and in a triple canopy was working an NVA bunker complex, as a arty spotter with the Lt. Col. calling the fire mission. I am sure that Ralph not only volunteered for the mission, but probably ensured the Lt. Col. that they could handle it as a 'single-ship mission.' What happen next is from what Ralph was able to tell us - after he was shot down: Ralph said that he had been working the bunker line for about 20 minutes when a 51 opened up on them as they were pulling out of a BDA pass. He said that they never had a chance to evade the fire. Ralph said this over his survival radio as he laid hung up in a tree while we tried to get him out. the 58 had crashed into the heavy triple canopy and was a total loss. The LTC was killed by 51 fire (this according to ralph) and probably never knew what happened. The NVA were using Ralph for bait - and though they didn't kill him right away, they prevented any sort of rescue attempt for over three hours. Because there was no area where we could get a Huey down near his location, we couldn't get any of the 2/17 CAV Blues to the site until the next day. By then, Ralph was dead. The NVA used him as bait for hours until night fall. I not only listened to this operation, I talked to Ralph while flying over him. He was the only pilot the unit lost during the War. He was young, and very brave, and I am sure if he could have flown for a regular CAV type unit - he would have been an excellent scout pilot. But he needed to finish at least 9 months 'In country' before our CO [COL (P) Roscoe Cartwright] would let anyone extend. As a side note one of the 2/17 CAV pilots asked what he was doing out there single ship flying scouts! and his reply was "Sneaky does it all of the time." this statement is something that I live with all of the time - maybe I was just too agressive and after I left he carried that aggressiveness - though without a wing man. "Sneaky" White - 1993

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