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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Specialist Fourth Class 2
Birth:
17 Oct 1944 2
Death:
01 Nov 1964 2
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Full Name:
Harry Joseph Sickler 2
Birth:
17 Oct 1944 2
Male 2
Death:
01 Nov 1964 2
Cause: Artillery, Rocket, Mortar 2
Age at Death: 20 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 01 Nov 1964 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Lanesville, NY 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Specialist Fourth Class 2
Company:
573rd Trans DET 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E4 2
Major Command:
unknown 2
Service:
Army 2
Specialty:
Single-Rotor Turbine Observation/ Utility Helicopter Repairman (ARMY) 2
Years Served:
1 2
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Religion:
Methodist (also Evangelical United Brethren) 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 70 2
Panel: 01E 2

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Harry J Sicker, SP-4 (DNB) 1 Nov. 1964

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Newspaper Report of the ATTACK, Page 1
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Harry Sickler was a casuality of the disasterous surprise attach on the Bien Hoa Air Base, 1 Nov. 1964.

Bien Hoa, Air Base, Viet Nam;  1 Novenber 1964;  Louie was there, this is the Bombing Raid that took the life of his friend, another B-57 Mechanic/Ground-Crew.

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

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. 

   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.   Bien Hoa, Air Base, Viet Nam;  1 Novenber 1964;  Louie was there, this is the Bombing Raid that took the life of his friend, another B-57 Mechanic/Ground-Crew.

    Louie only ever told one story, that being of a surprise incoming fire-power and he and his best friend (name?) ran out on the tarmac and were going to get their planes out of the fire but an incoming bomb hit his friend and the 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.... (Crew Chief, so to speak)   3 Airplane Specialist were killed... this is one of them, Harry might have been Louie's treasured FRIEND.

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USAF Specialist 4; Harry Joseph Sickler

Lanesville, NY

                                                          Harry Joseph Sickler

Specialist Four
573RD TRANS DET, 118TH AHC, 145TH AVN BN,
US ARMY SPT CMD VIETNAM, MACV
Army of the United States
Lanesville, New York
October 17, 1944 to November 01, 1964
HARRY J SICKLER is on the Wall at Panel 1E, Line 70

 

Harry Joseph Sickler

ON THE WALL: Panel 1E Line 70 PERSONAL DATA:   Home of Record Lanesville, NY   Date of birth: 10/17/1944   This page Copyright© 1997-2013 www.VirtualWall.org MILITARY DATA:   Service: Army of the United States   Grade at loss: E4   Rank: Specialist Four   ID No: 12674839   MOS: 67N20: UH-1 Helicopter Repairer   Length Service: 01   Unit: 573RD TRANS DET, 118TH AHC, 145TH AVN BN, US ARMY SPT CMD VIETNAM, MACV CASUALTY DATA:   Start Tour: Not Recorded   Incident Date: 11/01/1964   Casualty Date: 11/01/1964   Age at Loss: 20   Location: Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam   Remains: Body recovered   Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright   Casualty Reason: Ground casualty   Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar   URL: www.VirtualWall.org/ds/SicklerHJ01a.htm   Data accessed: 6/29/2013     THE VIRTUAL WALL ®   www.VirtualWall.org http://www.virtualwall.org/ipanels/ipan01e.htm    richard p bubar thomas j hanley ronald t o'keefe harry j sickler: thomas d whitlock

Togetherweserved.com - Shadow Box Profile of SP 4 Harry Joseph Sickler. ... 1963-1964, 67N, 145th Aviation Battalion/Regiment/118th Assault Helicopter ... Lanesville ... SP4 Harry J. Sickler was a 20 year old U.S. Army Soldier who was killed ... Sickler is buried at Shandaken Rural Cemetery in Ulster County, New York.

HARRY JOSEPH SICKLER

SP4 - E4 - Army - Regular
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Oct 17, 1944
From LANESVILLE, NEW YORK
Length of service 1 year.
Casualty was on Nov 01, 1964
SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was recovered
Religion
METHODIST

Panel 01E - - Line 70
SP4 Harry Joseph Sickler, MOS-67N20, was killed in the mortar attack on Bien Hoa Airbase that took place about 12:26 a.m. on 1 Nov 1964. Four others were also killed in the attack. Also killed were Richard Perley Bubar, Thomas Joseph Hanley, Ronald Thomas O'Keefe and LTC Thomas Daniel Whitlock.

Kossuth County Advance Monday, November 02, 1964 , .... Caribou Maine Spec 4 Harry J Sickler son of Mr and Mrs Ronald S ler Lanesville killed in second 7th ...

 

Sickler, Harry J. Sp/4 Nov. 1, 1964, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Sickler, parents, Lanesville, N. Y.  Harry graduated from Hunter-Tannersville Central School in 1962.  He played on the Basketball Varsity Team and on the Bowling Team.  Harry's brothers are Thomas, Scott and William (all served during this time).

Harry Sickler Way in Hunter, New York: a street named for our Hero KIA in Vietnam.

 Sickler, Harry J. Sp/4 Nov. 1, 1964, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Sickler, parents, Lanesville, N. Y.

Barbi Ennis Connolly, Historical Researcher PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 

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