Specialist Fourth Class
DOOR GUNNER UH-1C #64-14172
20 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on Jan 07, 1948
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Length of service 2 years.
Casualty was on May 08, 1968 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam
Hostile, helicopter - crew air loss, crash on land
Killed in Action - Body not recovered
Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
(Panel 57E - Line 4)
Robert Earl" Bob" Jenne was born on January 7, 1948 in Salt Lake, Utah to Irene Albert and Aaron Frank Jenne. He grew up in the same area and went to neighborhood schools. He was always good natured and had an infectious smile. Bob, as he was known, had a gift of getting to know people.
As a young boy he would often be found helping the elderly in the
neighborhood. Whether it was helping them clean, going to the store,
or just visiting he was there for them. Little children were also attracted
to him. He
loved children and enjoyed being with them. He played clarinet while
in school and could play with ease. He played by ear which often
frustrated his music teacher.
the age of 16 with drivers license in hand, Bob purchased a motor
cycle, which became his pride and joy. Later he progressed to a MG
Bob volunteered for 3 tours of duty in Viet Nam.
He said, "If I can save one other guy from having to go over there it's
worth it. I've been there, I know what to expect and how things work."
His first tour of duty was as a Cannoneer with the 1st Brigade of the 101st
Airborne Division. His second tour was as a Pathfinder
with the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion. On April 19, 1968 he started
his third tour in country as a Door Gunner with the 281st Assault Helicopter
Shortly after the incident, recovery personnel landed in the vicinity of the crash, but were unable to find any signs of life. On 12 May a ground patrol located the remains of 4 individuals in the vicinity of the crash site. However, due to heavy enemy activity the remains could not be recovered.
Bob's story was written by his sister, Mrs. Joyce Jeppson who also provided his pictures. You may contact her at: email@example.com She has ask that the following photo be published and would like anyone knowing the names of the other three individuals to contact her. Bob is second from the left without his helmet.