Randolph Jefferson Ard Missing in Action March 7, 1971 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division

Randolph Jefferson Ard 

Warrant Officer, Second Class

Unit: 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division 

Date of Birth: 16-Jun-51
Date of Death: 7-Mar-71
City: West Pensacola
State: FL

Notes: Warrant Officer, Second Class Ard was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division. On March 7, 1971, he was the pilot of a Bell Kiowa Observation Helicopter on a flight to take Lieutenant Colonal Sheldon Burnett to a northwest corner of South Vietnam. He accidentally flew into Laos and was shot down. His remains were recovered on October 4, 2004. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. For more information see: http://taskforceomegainc.org/a061.htm

Did you know Randolph Jefferson Ard? Did you serve with him? Did you wear his bracelet? Do you have a story of him or photo to share?  If you can answer yes to any of those questions, please leave a comment, so all can know that he has not been forgotten.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

On May 25, 2011, my mother's house burned down while she was at church. Therefore, on Memorial Day weekend, my sisters, mom and friends worked to see what we could salvage from the charred wreckage of my childhood home. We did find the MIA bracelet for Randolph J. Ard and then took the time to find his fate on the internet. Quite to tribute on such a weekend.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to post this. It is important that we remember them.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I wore his bracelet. I picked it out at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. My father was in the Air Force and did a tour in Vietnam in 1968 and was fortunate enough to return to us.
I still have the bracelet. It sits here at my desk where I can see it everyday and remember the sacrifices. It is my honor.

Anonymous said...

I have two bracelets, one for Randolph Ard and one for Colonel Burnett. I have them in the top drawer of my desk where they have been since I first got them some 30-40 years ago.

On Veterans Day 2011, our town finally erected a monument to our Vietnam Vets. The turn-out was huge. It was comforting to know that so many still want to pay tribute to our heros like Randolph and Sheldon.

God bless.

Debra L. M. Knapp said...

I also have his bracelet and wore it proudly for many years. I am grateful to God his remains were returned to his family for burial and I know what happened to him.
Debra L. M. Knapp

Glenna said...

Today, while cleaning out an old jewelry box, I came across the bracelet I wore for WO2 Randolph J. Ard. I am so happy to find this site. I am happy that his loved ones were able to know what happened to him and I thank him in my heart for being the hero he was!

Anonymous said...

I wore Randolph J. Ard's bracelet as a young child, barely aware of the full significance. I found it once again when sorting through a keepsake box. To his family, I thank you for the large sacrifice both you and your son made for our country. It is not forgotten by me and my family.

Tanya Tanguay said...

I also wore Randolph J Ard's bracelet when I was a teenager in the 70's. I lived in Portsmouth, VA and wore it for many years. I wore it so long, that it broke in half. I am in my 50's now and have a son who has been the US Army for 7 years and has do has done 2 tours of Afghanistan. I deeply appreciate the sacrifice WO2 Ard gave for his country and to the people of the US. God Bless his soul.

Anonymous said...

I have a bracelet with his name an 3-5-71 on it that I purchased back in the 70's to hold on to hope that he would return alive. I've tried to contact a member of his family-in Pensacola Florida, but I've come up w/ nothing. Then computers came and I looked his story up and cried. I hope his loved ones are proud of him, my deepest sympathies...

Anonymous said...

I wore a bracelet for Randolph J. Ard until it fell apart. I'm glad his remains were finally found and identified, and I am grateful for his service.

D'chell Ward Ferguson said...

Our family knew his family from church. I remember wearing his bracelet, although I was a young child. I have never forgotten. Every time I go in to the back hangar at the NAS Pensacola Naval Museum I go to the Vietnam display. There they have a display of POW items and some bracelets. I stand there and cry every time and think of Randy. I don't remember him as I was too young. But I've always remembered his name and the bracelet and where he was and that he was shot down in the helicopter. I was glad to know he was brought home to rest.

D'chell Ward Ferguson said...

My family knew him through church. We wore his bracelet. I was just a little girl, but I always remembered his name and the bracelet. I knew where he was and that his helicopter was shot down and he was missing. I always hoped that he would come home. Every time I go to NAS Pensacola Naval Museum and go to the back hangar, I always make sure to go to the Vietnam display. Every time I stand there and stare at all the bracelets and cry, remembering. I'm glad that he was brought back home to rest.