Richard W. Meehan

Posted on April 3, 2010


Richard was assigned to Charlie Troop on January 20, 1966 and was Killed in Action on August 8, 1966. Richard was a Pilot of an UH-1B helicopter. Richard was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal,  Vietnam Service Medal and a set of Army Aviator Wings.

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

Lt Meehan was assigned to my gun ship 62-1882 with Wo Leo Henry as new guy pilot trainer. He was a great person!!  Not the norm for a young officer. He in turn was chosen to be our new COs ( Maj Simons) pilot.  Died along with Maj Simons, Leslie Nichols and gunner unknown to me Aug 8th 1966.  Another sad day for C Trp.
CC  John Youse

I just found this site. My name is Dave Dahmen. I worked with Richard at the California
Department of Water Resources in the summer of 1964. Rich worked there until he went
to Vietnam. We became good friends through our love of the outdoors. We went on a couple of mountain climbing trips… August 1 1964 we climbed Mt Lyle.. the highest peak in Yosemite Nat’l Park. Another challenge..We wanted to go from the highest point to the lowest point in the lower 48 ( Mt Whitney, about 15000 ft., to Badwater Basin in Death Valley at minus 282′ below sea level ) all in one day. So on August 15th 1964 we started up the Mt. Whitney trail at 5 am. We reached our destination in Death Valley at 10:15 pm that night, where the temperature was 114 degrees. Richard was a friend I will never forget.