Sp. 4 Jack Branham, with the 98th transportation detachment at Long Benh, Vietnam, has received a letter of commendation on his wonderful record while attending school at Vung Tau where he graduated with honors at the T-53 L-13 Engine Course on May 28, 1968.
James W. Sandridge, Jr., Colonel, TC Commanding officer, in his letter to Sp. 4 Branham said:
'To achieve this position it is evident that you applied yourself diligently to the task. During these critical times, the field of Army Aviation is expanding at an unprecedented rate. An essential element of support for this rate of growth is the increased need for qualified men in aircraft maintenance and supply. You have demonstrated an exceptional aptitude in this area and it is hoped that you will share your knowledge and experience and add to the proficiency of those who work with you.
It is a pleasure to commend you for being the honor graduate of the T-53 L-13 Engine course and a copy of this letter will be placed in your personnel records jacket (MPRJ). My best wishes to you for your continued success in the field of Army Aviation.'
Sp.4 Branham, an aircraft engine mechanic, hopes, thru this article, to hear from some of the boys who are in Vietnam. His address is: Sp. 4 Jack Branham RA 51644762, 98th Trans. Det. (CHEM), APO San Francisco, Calif. 96384."
Jack Branham, 45, of Fallsburg, died Thursday in St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, W.Va.
Mr. Branham was born Dec. 13, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Earl and Alma Katherine Lemaster Branham.
He was a carpenter with Ashland Oil. He was a member of Apperson Masonic Lodge No. 195 F&AM of Louisa, a Vietnam War Army veteran, and a member and founder of Fallsburg Volunteer Fire Department.
Surviving are his wife, Diane Riffe Branham; a son, Kyle Matthew Branham, at home; six sisters, Jesse Huff of Riverside, Calif., Evelyn Turner of Buffalo, N.Y., Mary Bradley and Ruth Mathieu, both of Louisa, Bonnie Bryan of Catlettsburg and Aileen Thompson of Glen Hayes, W.Va.; and five brothers, Charles Branham of Columbus, Ohio, and Bob Branham and Earl "June" Branham, Kenny Branham, and Ralph Spears, all of Louisa.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Young Funeral Home in Louisa. Burial will be in Collins family cemetery at Fallsburg.
Friends may call until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 tonight at the funeral home."
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