RICHARD STEPHEN BOVIO
Sketch by Cliff Wheeler
281st Assault Helicopter Company
10th CAB, 17th CAG, 1st AVN BDE
From Galveston, Texas
Born December 28, 1943
Tour of duty began on October, 13, 1969.
Killed in action on February 27, 1970,
in Khanh Hoa, South Vietnam when his
helicopter was struck by hostile fire
and shot down.
Vietnam Wall Panel 13W, Line 61
Captain Richard (Dick) Bovio was a 26
year old married aviator from Galveston, Texas. Dick Bovio
joined the 281st AHC flight on October 13, 1969. On
February 20, 1970 he was flying a combat aviation support
mission near Khana Hoa, South Vietnam when the aircraft he
was flying was struck by hostile ground fire and he was
critically wounded. The Aircraft Commander maneuvered
the heavily damaged UH-1H helicopter into a landing
Capt. Bovio and the other
three crew members were rescued. Dick was rushed to
the evacuation hospital in Nha Trang where he died on the
27th of February. At the time of his Capt. Bovio had
been selected to become the Bandit Platoon Leader and was
flying with CPT Roger Green the outgoing Platoon Leader.
He was a highly respected member of the 281st AHC and shall
not be forgotten.
Roger Green of the 281st AHC Association has adopted Dick Bovio and is preparing his "Book of Remembrance" for the 281st AHC association Memorial web site. E-mail Roger Green at Roger firstname.lastname@example.org.
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