Jay McAlpine posted a Condolence
| January 05, 2009
Upon joining the Ohio River LZ chapter of the VHPA, I found no one that I had directly trained or served. It is guys like Del, with whom we shared a common bond, that keeps us coming back.
Rest well brother Del, we salute you.
John Glidewell, Major, USA Ret posted a Condolence
| December 16, 2008
I met Del at Ft Bliss Texas in the 70s when we were assigned to the 52d ADA, which was probably not our best assignments as Army aviators. We had a lot of good times together, tipped some wine and a few beers, talked cooking, war stories etc... I was always a bit jealous of Del as he had one of the most beautiful wives around. Emma was a fantastic woman and they made a beautiful couple. Most of all, I remember his humor and great uplifting personality. It is most ironic that about three days ago, I had a premonition that I should call Del. We had spoken over the phone a few years back and I had this strange urge to give him a call. Unfortunate that I waited too late to give him a shout. I will miss him as he is not the kind of person one forgets. Army aviators don't really die, we just get disoriented and fly up into heaven.
Jessica Waugh posted a Condolence
| November 27, 2008
We just spent our first thankgiving with out you... it was hard but we are staying strong. We all still cry alot but we know you are with us every day. Air Angels has sent a beautiful picture of you doing what you love to do and the smile on your face says it all. We love you and miss you.
You and my Aunt Emma, what can I say, I adored you so. Every memory I have of you is filled with laughter, love and adoration. You were the man who was there for me when I had been abused and broken as a child. Always protecting, teaching, loving and accepting me as though I were your own daughter. Some of the best memories of my childhood are of the summers spent at Waterbury with our family and the Will's. Your cooking, swimming, everyone singing. My grandma, grandpa, mom and brother loved you so. Thank you for the man you were to our family and the Hero you were till the day you died. I believe with all my heart you knew the chopper was going down and you went to that field to save lives from the people in those apartments. It comforts me to know heaven has "Angel 1" and you are with our family who has been waiting for you. Anyone who knew you knows you would have given your life 1000x rather than take the lives of your crew and that precious baby girl. Be her protector in heaven. I love you so much. I am selfish in my grief. We as Americans owe you our gratitude for our freedom. I hope your faithful and near flawless military dedication is recognized.
I will be behind you on your journey to Arlington. I know your humility wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I love you so much. I promise to love Brad and his family as you loved mine. Until I see you again my beloved Uncle, may you bask in the glory of heaven with all your commrades you mourned, for all eternity.
For every tear I cry is a tear of honor and gratitude for the precious gift of you.
Your loving niece. I may even smoke a cigar along with a fine glass of merlot just to give you a laugh up there! I love you forever.....
Bill Hartrich posted a Condolence
| November 17, 2008
Hi Del, you were one of my best buddies; I would say we were brothers. We served together in Vietnam in 67-68 with the 61st Assault Helicopter Company. You were one of the most talented pilots that I have ever known and flown with. You risked his life many times in Vietnam in saving the lives of others. I will miss you greatly. I would usually talk to you about once a month, most recently about two weeks before your accident. You had suggested that I come visit you in Chicago to see what your life was really like. You said you would take me up with him on a flight. Some may be critical of you still flying because of your age which was 69. You were physically and mentally so much younger. You could be mistaken for someone in their mid 50’s.
I will always remember your most infectious smile and enjoying a choice cigar with you as we solved the worlds problems and when we spoke of times we shared with others over 40 years ago.
May God bless you and keep you until we see each other again someday soon.