Harold Lee Eckert


US Army Insignia

United States Army

CWO Insignia

Chief Warrent Officer


159th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion Patch  101st Airborne Division Patch  United States Army-Vietnam Patch 
"A" Company
159th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion
 101st Airborne Division
United States Army-Vietnam



Army Aviation Badge

Distinguished Flying Cross  Bronze Star  Purple Heart Air Medal  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell April 18, 1969

Harold was born to Harold and Orpha Eckert on the 25th of May, 1947.  He grew up in the area of Lawn and Palmyra and attended Palmyra schools.  He lettered three years in wrestling and graduated with the Class of 1965 from Palmyra Area High School.  As he entered his teenage years he focused on one area of interest, and that was flying.  He obtained a commercial flying liscense before he entered the Army Flight Program.

He enlisted in the Army in June of 1966 and after basic training started the Warrent Officer Candidate Flight School in February of 1967.  He arrived in Vietnam on the 1st of May, 1968 and was assigned to Company A, 159th Assult Support Helicopter Battalion, 101st Airborne Division.  He fell when his helicopter was hit by ground fire during an extraction of wounded from the combat area.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

Harold was survived by his parents; sisters, Ruth and Janet; and brothers, Robert and Richard.

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