During his second combat tour in Vietnam, Major Schwarz led from two to four combat air assaults a week for nine months, totaling over a hundred, at the head of formations involving 14 to 18 helicopters carrying troops into battle, plus two to four gun/rocket ships for fire support. Each major combat air assault involved as many as six lifts into the objective area until it was secured. Additional fire support came from ground unit artillery, US Air Force Tactical Air Liaison Teams and US Navy Gunfire Liaison Teams, whatever it took to prevail in battle and minimize casualties to friendly forces.
Having been awarded 29 medals for outstanding performance of duty and service to the country, Henry E. Schwarz honorably retired from the US Regular Army, Corps of Engineers, in the late 1970s. Since then, he has worked in commercial industry as a professional engineer managing design and construction of mostly telecommunications type projects for corporations such as, the American Security Corp., Satellite Business Systems, GTE Sprint, Contel Federal Systems Sector, and as a full time consultant to the US Department of State. After becoming retired-retired and buying a brand new 4-place executive level helicopter, he recently started his own FAA certified Helicopter Services Company in leased hangars at two different airports. He has built one experimental aircraft (received a show stopper award) and has an amphibian aircraft in the advanced stages of design and construction.
Member Distinguished Flying Cross Society, Smithsonian Wall of Honor, Pres. Virginia Helicopter Assoc.
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