Dear John Banks,
Thank you for contacting History Hub.
Here is a link to the National Archives Vietnam War Records Research Portal: https://www.archives.gov/research/vietnam-war
A Unit History of the 155th Assault Helicopter Company is available at the National Archives at College Park, MD, although it unfortunately does not seem to be available online. Here is the NARA Catalog page: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/594448. Please contact the National Archives at College Park at: Archives2reference@nara.gov
We searched NARA’s Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located several databases with information on John Willie Woods, Jr.: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/free-text-search-results.jsp?cat=all&q=John+Willie+Woods%2C+Jr.&btnSearch=Search&as_alq=&as_anq=&as_epq=&as_woq=
I’m guessing that similar searches under the other names will give similar information.
Additionally, here is the web page for the 155th Assault Helicopter Company: https://www.155-th-ahc.org/. If you click on “History”, and then click on “1966”, you can find a narrative for the incident of October 30, 1966.
You can request any of their Official Military Personnel Files. Here is a link about Military Service records: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/about-service-records-0. Please note that detailed information about the veteran’s participation in military battles and engagements is NOT contained in the record.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research.
Thanks for this -- very helpful.
I'm also looking for figures for US military deaths in Vietnam War for:
+ October 1966
+ 1966 overall
+ Decade of '60s
+ Overall for conflict.
I have found these figure on National Archives site here:
+ 1966: 6,350
+ 1960s: 48,732
+ Overall: 58,220 (1964-1975).
But saw note that they were for "informational purposes only."
Do official stats exist?
Can you clarify?