Our classmate, Scott Alwin was with us for only 8th grade, graduating with us. The picture to the left, provided by Katy Oakey Grahn, was taken at the school picnic. When he was at Madison Lutheran, he was considering a career in the ministry. He attended Concordia in Milwaukee .Scott enlisted in the Army in July 1966 and served as a helicopter pilot in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, from August 1967 until summer 1970 and from spring 1971 to January 1972. He is listed on the 117th Roster and mentioned in a war story about Helicopter UH-1C 65-09458
Scott "was awarded the Air Service Medal at a special awards ceremony at the Bien Hoa Air Base. According to the orders dated 22 Aug 1969, a total of 17 U.S. helicopter pilots received the Air Service Medal" (reference http://www.gorilla.net/~118ahc/StoriesPage3.htm)
A few months later, 1Lt Scott R Alwin, 68th AHC, 145th CAB, set the record for the most Air Medals held by an Army Aviator on 13 June 1970, when he was awarded his 102nd through 108th Air Medals (reference http://www.brianwizard.com/145/history/NL11HIST.html).
Scott married Du Thi Duong (Teresa Alwin-Nguyen) in 1969. Two children, Scott and Heather, were born to them.
The Wisconsin Historical Society site depicted the experiences of four Wisconsin soldiers, and included the following photos relating to Scott.
In a book, War Letters Edited by Andrew Carroll 2nd Lt. Scott Alwin "shares, in a letter to his father, a secret he has been keeping from him for some time."
The following article was on the front page of the Daily Jefferson County Union, Ft. Atkinson, Monday, June 28, 1976.
A former Fort Atkinson resident, Air Force Capt. Scott R. Alwin, 32, Savannah, Ga., was fatally injured Saturday night in a traffic accident while traveling on military business to Washington, D.C.
According to word received here, the car driven by Capt. Alwin was hit nearly head-on by another car that had crossed the center line in a driving rainstorm.
Capt. Alwin was a much decorated helicopter pilot in the Vietnam Conflict, in which he had served about 5 1/2 years. He had left the Air Force Academy to go into active duty in Vietnam. Beginning his duty career as a warrant officer, he had just been notified that he would be advanced in rank to major.
Capt. Alwin had been one of 2000 high ranking officers tested to be chosen for the new War Academy in Georgia, where professors will be flown in each week to instruct men for diplomatic service.
The eldest of a family of 16, Capt. Alwin is survived by his wife, a native of South Vietnam, and two children, Scott, 4 1/2 and Heather, 2. His wife was recently accepted by the University of Georgia, Savannah, where she will study to be a doctor.
Also surviving are his parents Walter F. and Joan R. Robinson Alwin, Hamburg, formerly of Fort Atkinson, brothers and sisters and other relatives.