David C. Greeson, #51, 1948 – 1969

David C. Greeson, 1948 – 1969. Click image for Virtual Memorial.

Lt Col Fred R. Swearingen, CAP, writes:

“David Greeson was a cadet from the Melbourne (Fla.) Cadet Squadron. He attended several encampments and IACE. He passed the Spaatz exam on the first try, and was only a C/1Lt at the time. He worked on the Wing CAC as an advisor.

“After completing two years at Florida International University (now the Univ. of Central Fla.), he joined the US Army Warrant Officer Program. He was killed in action in Vietnam just several days after arriving. His younger brother Johnny, also a former CAP cadet, was killed just 60 days before while preforming duties as a medic. David’s younger sister, Pat Greeson made it to the Earhart and was a senior member in Florida and Texas Wings. David is survived by his parents, two sisters and two other younger brothers.”

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  1. Rick Busig - Dec 26, 2012

    Birth: Jun. 15, 1948
    Alamance County
    North Carolina, USA
    Death: Nov. 7, 1969, Vietnam

    US Army Warrant Officer(WO) David C Greeson, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Melbourne Florida.

    US Army Warrant Officer David Curtis Greeson was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, WO Greeson served our country until November 7th, 1969 in Quang Duc, South Vietnam. He was 21 years old and was not married. It was reported that David died when his helicopter crashed. His body was recovered. David was born on June 15th, 1948 in Melbourne, Florida. WO Greeson is on panel 16W, line 042 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

    I was with the Special Forces A-Team at Budop, A-341. I had been there over a year already. I was moving with a small detachment of Cambodian irregulars to a village called Phuoc Thinh. It was the center of a French rubber plantation and built like an old French town. It was generally uninhabited but used by both sides for a watering hole. We were moving to occupy and hold it for B-36, 3rd Corps Mike Force. There was much action in our A.O. during this period. I got a call from “Blue Max 68 Papa”, this was WO Greeson’s ship. I told him what we were doing and he volunteered to do a recon. We were a quarter mile or so from the village in the rubber plantation. He got over the village and they opened up with a .51 cal., a very loud-BAM BAM BAM-about 10 rounds.

    I hollered at him to “pull up” on the radio but it was too late. He went down and we headed for the site. The ship exploded before we got there. About that time his partner “Blue Max 68 Oscar” showed up with a bunch of other choppers. We made contact with some NVA about that time and I got hit in both legs from an AK-47 and took a chunk of rocket from a gunship in my lung. I was lucky to make it. I spent a month in the hospital and went back to Budop for several months before going home. WO Greeson died trying to make it easier for us on the ground. Those guys did some amazing things with those Cobras. That village and the plantation were destroyed by Rome Plows and bombing soon after that. Mike Parks.

    I did not personally know you but I was there when you were shot down. We could do nothing. Your pal Bill Beatty filled me in on your short life. Hard to watch a helicopter come down. Hope all is well with you and the others. Gary Villereal.

    We called him “Grinny” and that’s how I remember him, smiling. A couple of weeks before we graduated from flight school, his application to West Point was accepted.
    Walter Hawn.

    I did not know him, but I knew a young woman who mourned for him. I remember how she carried a candle in his honor at a memorial service and anti-war demonstration at the University of South Florida, Tampa, in 1969. I was moved by her sadness and her determination to honor his memory through opposition to the war. He must have been a fine fellow. R.M. Kennedy.

    David C Greeson, US Army, died in November 1969 during hostile action in Vietnam. Warrant Officer Greeson, age 21, graduated from Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Florida, and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol there. He attended the Florida Institute of Technology from 1966-1968.

    He is survived by his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Egbert Greeson Jr, formerly of Burlington, North Carolina, who moved to West Melbourne in 1961. Mrs Greeson is a Gold Star Mother. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, two sisters and a grandmother. Another brother SP5 John Egbert Greeson , died in Vietnam on July 22, 1968. Burial in Florida. Source: Times-News November 13, 1969.

    David wrote this in September of 1969: If I die in Vietnam there are only two things that I want said or remembered. 1st – “It is not that I was killed that is sad, but that I had to kill before I died.” 2nd – “Of John and me let it be said that in addition to being brothers by birth we were brothers in Green.” A friend from Civil Air Patrol: Rest high upon that mountain, David.

    David, I see you in my heart and mind…Resting high upon that mountain…With your brother, John, and your family…And your military brothers and sisters… Your work on Earth is done…And… your memory… LIVES… in my heart and mind…And every heart and mind of everyone you crossed paths with. Oh, God, my friend… it has taken me nearly 40 years to come here… to say I miss you… to say… I am so sorry your life was taken so suddenly and so young. I have traced your name on The Wall with my fingertips… I have fallen against The Wall in agony for your young life taken from you…. and from your family… from all of us who love you. David, I have imagined that you are just on the other side of the wall… so close… yet so far away. Rest high… upon that mountain, David.

    You were an awesome leader in Civil Air Patrol! I am honored to have known you. Roberta Sears Victor, 621 Old Orchard Road, Melbourne FL, 32901, robertavictor@cfl.rr.com.

    Military services rites will be conducted at Brownlie Funeral Chapel in Melbourne Thursday at 2 p.m. for Army Warrant Officer David C. Greeson, 21, of 139 Gray Road, West Melbourne. Surviving are his parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Egbert Greeson of West Melbourne; two brothers, Lewis and Charles III, both of West Melbourne; two sisters, Brenda Greeson of West Melbourne and Mrs. Patricia Swearingen of Miami; and a grandmother, Mrs. Edith Greeson of Cocoa.

    He served with Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion(Aerial Rocket Artillery), 20th Artillery Regiment, “Blue Max”, 1st Cavalry Division(AMBL).

    He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.

    By Tom Reece

    Burial information with pictures of David

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