Memorial for Clarence "Lucky" B. Brooker

In Honor of Clarence "Lucky" B. Brooker
170th Assault Helicopter Company
Buccaneer Gun Platoon [ '65 - '66 ]

Clarence "Lucky" B. Brooker
04/26/1927 - 03/13/2008

Memorial Information
From: David Larcomb - email dated: Saturday, February 28, 2009

Henry, Thank you very much for the information on "Lucky Brooker."
I didn't realize he was 80.
My memories are of youth and vigor, not of old age and infirmities,
We were young once and were quite active.
Lucky was a good pilot and brought home his aircraft and crew
after many a dangerous mission.
I remember the first time the enemy fired on us
and he flew his lethally armed Huey (armed with rockets and 6 M-60 machine guns)
into the face of the enemy. He didn't flinch or turn but went straight ahead.
I gave cover and followed him into the face of the enemy.
After that mission we were some where south of Pleiku near the Ia Drang Valley
when a crew brought in Don Chabot.
He was a Major and our first pilot to be killed.
He was shot through the chest and was dying
as we saw him being carried to a medical tent.
Don gave us the thumbs up and then died.
That left an impression on us that we were truly in war.

One time Lucky brought his aircraft in that had the tail rotor shot up.
He went into the death circle of uncontrollability,
but somehow got the thing on the ground, albeit, upside down.
But there were no causalities on that flight.,
Lucky was a good man, a good soldier, a good pilot, and a great leader.

The only training we had was to see old WW II movies and we sort of imitated
what the movie stars would have done in our situations. It is amazing that we came back.
Lucky and I went on R and R to Bangkok, Thailand. He was a good friend.
I was lucky to have "Lucky" for a boss and a friend.
Thanks for sharing,

From Henry Winther - February 27, 2009
David, My Inquiry to 170th members about Lucky Brooker
found these limited details from VHPA.
You might be able to find obituary information
with Town, State information located.

Checking 2006 VHPA Membership book
confirms city and state:
Brooker, Clarence "Lucky"
5199 Garaventa Dr
Concord, CA 94521

However, My Internet searches only lead me to pay for obituary lookup services
since the date is beyond 3 to 6 month range most newspapers keep available.

Hope this helps,
170th '70-'71, 61st '71

From: Roger Weaver - Friday, February 27, 2009

George, I didn't know Lucky Brooker.
Below is what I found on the VHPA website: BROOKER CLARENCE B

LTC Clarence "Lucky" B. Brooker was a VHPA member
who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/13/2008 at the age of 80
Concord, CA
Flight Class 54-E
Date of Birth 04/26/1927
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 170 AHC in 65-66, 61 AHC in 67-68
Call signs in Vietnam BUC 6, LUCKY STAR 6
This information was provided by SSN search 090108
This information was last updated 01/13/2009
Please send additions or corrections to: The VHPA Webmaster Gary Roush
Date posted on this site: 01/22/2009

Bikini 19 / Buc 3, Roger and OUT

From: David Larcomb - Monday, February 23, 2009

Hi, I just read that Lucky Brooker passed away last year.
Do you have any information on his passing.
I was his wingman in 1965-66 at Pleiku in the Buccaneers.
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