MABERRY, CALVIN DWIGHT
MABERRY, CALVIN DWIGHT
Rank / Branch:
PFC E-3, U.S. ARMY
FIRST CAVALRY DIVISI
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, CRASH HELIC
Awards & Decorations:
See Alphabetical list
list by County
CALVIN DWIGHT MABERRY, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS, U.S. ARMY, SYLVESTER, FISHER COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Army Aviator Crewman Wings, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, RVN Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and RVN Military Merit Medal
Calvin D. Maberry, better known as "Cal" to his family and friends was born Wichita Falls, Texas, on August 16, 1947. He was the second of three children born to Vernon and Norma Pierce Maberry. He grew up in Sylvester, Fisher County, Texas. His father was killed in an auto accident April 16, 1956 near Sweetwater. Cal attended schools in Sweetwater and in McCaulley. He graduated from McCaulley High School in 1965. He liked to hunt and fish. He and his friend "Bones" liked to swim in the river, especially on Christmas day!
McCaulley High School
Calvin enlisted in the U.S. Army January 17, 1966 and completed his basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He then completed the Rotary Wing Maintenance Course for UH-1 helicopters at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He began his tour in Vietnam on July 18, 1966. He was assigned as a rotary wing maintenance specialist for B Company, First Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division. He also was on flight status as a crewman for rotary wing aircraft. On March 22, 1967, he was the crew chief on an UH-1B tail number 64-14080. The aircraft was flying an assault mission as support for ground troops. The aircraft was flying at a height of about 300 feet in an attack mode when the aircraft was struck by ground fire. The aircraft crashed and burned killing the four crew personnel on board.
Calvin had plans to come home, farm and raise cattle on a little piece of land left to him and his sister and brother by their grandfather in Sylvester, Texas. At age 19, he was buried with full military honors in the Sweetwater Cemetery in Sweetwater, Texas. He was laid to rest next to his father. He was survived by his mother, his sister Sue and his brother, Mike. Calvin's family was presented the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Purple Heart and the Vietnam Military Merit Medal in a service in Sweetwater three months after his death.
His mother is now deceased. His sister, Sue now resides near Blackwell, Texas near Lake Sweetwater and his brother, Mike resides in Abilene.