Captain Michael Quealy, Chaplain
US Army

by: David Brooks
© 1997
 

I was a jarhead, but I�d like to leave a memorial to the first Chaplain murdered in Vietnam, Captain Michael Quealy, US Army. I�m including the text from an article which was published in Time Magazine at his death:

��Assigned to the 1st Division, Quaely � against the advice of senior officers at field headquarters in Dau Tieng � insisted on boarding a helicopter of medics and troop reinforcements flying to the relief of the Big Red One�s 1st Battalion, under attack in War Zone C, northwest of Saigon. Landing at the battle site, Father Quealy hurriedly gave last rites to dying soldiers from a platoon of B Company. Just then, a Viet Cong soldier stepped out from the brush, fired at the chaplain with a machine gun�Within moments, Quealy was dead. From his pocket fell his diary: the last entry was a passage copied out from the Gospel according to Matthew: �So will my heavenly Father treat you unless each of you forgives his brother with all his heart.��

Thank you for all you are doing to keep alive the memories of the heroes who died for our country in that unpopular war.Yours in Christ,Father David Victor Brooks (Formerly Captain, United States Marine Corps)1604 Burgess Hill Court Apex, North Carolina 27502.

919-662-8060

 

Official Information:

MICHAEL JOSEPH QUEALY
CAPT - O3 - Army - Reserve
37 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Sep 11, 1929
From NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Length of service 1 year.
His tour of duty began on Jun 13, 1966
Casualty was on Nov 08, 1966
SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
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