DANIEL JOSEPH VAUGHN
Specialist 5th Class, Combat Aviation Crew Chief
281st Assault Helicopter Company
From: Lompoc, California
Born: September 18, 1949
Tour of duty began on July 6th, 1969.
Killed in action on May 11, 1970 near
the city of Pleiku, South Vietnam
during an enemy rocket attack.
On May 11, 1970, the 281st AHC established a forward operations base at Camp Holloway, Pleiku, Republic of Viet Nam in preparation for aerial operations into Cambodia. At approximately 8:55 p.m. on May 11th, the base at Camp Holloway came under enemy rocket attack. The rockets killed four crewmembers of the Wolf Pack gun platoon who were in their tent, Sgt. Daniel J. Vaughan, Specialist 4 Danny J. Taulbee, Sgt. Scott E. Sutherland, and Sgt. Joseph W. Cunningham. Seriously wounded were 1st Lieutenant Jared H. Bahre and 1st Lieutenant Ned Heintz of the 1st Platoon (Rat Pack). Ned was immediately taken to the 71st Evacuation Hospital. There, despite the efforts of doctors, Ned succumbed to his wounds at 3:20 p.m. on May 16, 1970. Jared was medically evacuated and he fully recovered.
Attack details at Ned Heintz's page.
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