14Feb69-14Feb19 50th Anniversary Rememberance

Crew and Families of Medevac 12

Walt McNees


Walt was the Aircraft Commander on Medevac 12. Walt remained in his seat directing other aircraft to their rescue while under fire. He is extremely well versed in the effects of PTSD 14 Feb. 1969. Retired, Walt lives with his family in Asheboro N.C. Pictured with his Wife, Betty

Dave Adams


Dave was the Pilot on that fateful day, having arrived in Viet Nam the month prior. Dave lives in Fredricksburg Va.  He is a past Commodore of District 5 Southern Region of the USCG Auxiliary  Pictured with his Wife Nita, 

Ralph Tutrani


Ralph served as the Door Gunner in the 1st  Cav's 15th Medical Battalion. Ralph was shot thru his hand as he was boarding the rescue helicopter. He lives with his Wife, Josette not far from the former Valley Forge Army Hosp. where he recuperated from  his wounds.

Eric Berla


Eric was the regular Aircraft Commander of the crew but rotated out of Vietnam the month prior to the shoot down. Eric has been a staunch advocate of the crew. He lives in suburban St. Louis Mo. with his Wife Beverly, not far from his dental practice. 

Gary Dubach family


Gary died as he exited the downed ship to set up a defensive perimeter in defense of his crew. Gary was highly regarded as a Crew chief and soldier by his commanders and peers. Gary was awarded the Air Medal for his exemplary service

Stephen Schumacher family


Stephen was the Medic aboard Medevac 12. Stephen was coming to the aid of Gary Dubach when he was killed. Stephen was the epitome of the Battalions motto "So others may live" Steve was awarded the bronze star for his extraordinary service.