Howard A. Sessoms

Posted on April 3, 2010


Paul Davis was a friend and Comrade of Howard Sessoms. This is how he remembers him:

I was the pilot of the second aircraft (Gunship ) in the team when Howard Sessoms was killed. His aircraft was shot down during a fire fight with a large NVA force on June 21, 1967. My aircraft was about 100 yards behind and 100 ft. above Lt. Tom Campbell’s Gunship ( Sessoms was the door gunner ) when they began taking very intense ground fire. The aircraft inverted about 100 ft. above the ground and crashed upside down, killing all on board.
Howard Sessoms was one of the most likeable and professional soldiers I had the honor to serve with.
He was respected by all that knew him. He was a great example and a true Hero. A Man among men.

Howard was assigned to Charlie Troop on August 16, 1965 and was Killed in Action on June 21, 1967. Howard was a Door Gunner on an UH-1C helicopter. Howard was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and a set of Crew Member Wings.

If any family member or friend reads this blog, please contact me as I am looking for personal stories about this brave man.