Army Aviation Association of America logo
phone supporting
home mail phone armyaviation.com
  • CURRENT NEWS...
  • NETWORK
  • RECOGNITION
  • VOICE
  • SUPPORT
Current Network Recognition Voice and Support News
Current News... 
Read More
h network5

AAAA Provides Networking Opportunities

Read More
h recognition2

AAAA Recognizes Excellence

Read More
h network5

AAAA is Your Voice

President Trump Signs AAAA Supported “Forever GI Bill” that will bring significant changes to education benefits. Click here for Details.

Read More
Supporting the soldier and family

AAAA Supports the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family

Read More
THanksgiving260
2017ase cribbins 260
 
18mast 260 attend18mast 260 Exhibit
 
18concert 260
 
awards banner 150
 
b deployed
 

Korea Vietnam Veteran Membership

photo contest 260

75 260 300
18mast 1200 home attend18mast 1200 home Exhibit
THanksgiving2
  • Current News...
  • Network
  • Recognition
  • Voice
  • Support
Current Network Recognition Voice and Support News
Current News... 
h network5

AAAA Provides Networking Opportunities

h recognition2

AAAA Recognizes Excellence

h network5

AAAA is Your Voice
President Trump Signs AAAA Supported “Forever GI Bill” that will bring significant changes to education benefits.
Click here for Details.

Supporting the soldier and family

AAAA Supports the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family

"Above the Best"




Army Aviation Hall of Fame 2004 Induction

SSG Roy P. Benavidez saved a Special Forces unit in Vietnam in spite of a broken jaw, 37 bullet wounds and bayonet puncture wounds while assigned to Detachment B56, 5th Special Forces Group.

On May 2, 1968, a 12-man Special Forces reconnaissance team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam. The team met heavy enemy resistance, and requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction, but were unable to land due to intense enemy fire. Benavidez volunteered to assist in another extraction attempt. He jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters under withering small arms fire to the crippled team.

Despite severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting aircraft. Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment, the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and the helicopter crashed. Benavidez made his way back to the wreckage and helped the wounded out of the overturned aircraft and formed a defensive perimeter. He was wounded again just before another extraction helicopter landed.

Upon reaching the aircraft, Benavidez spotted and killed two more enemy soldiers. With little strength left, he made one last trip to bring in the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled into the extraction aircraft. His refusal to be stopped despite numerous severe wounds saved the lives of at least eight men. He received the Medal of Honor for these actions. SSGT Beneavidez died after a long illness in 1998.

  deployed 260x150   join today 260 70   Scholarship donate 260 70   email spam