On June 23, 1969, shortly after writing this letter home, Staff Sgt. Franklin W. Underwood, Jr. was killed while attempting to aid evacuation of his men from a burning, crashed helicopter. On August 25, 1969, he was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for his heroism. His final rites at the Waltz Funeral Home in Winfield were conducted by the Rev. William T. Kirwan of Randallstown. Rev. Kirwan was to have officiated at the marriage of Sergeant Underwood and Barbara Kitchen, Marriottsville, which had been planned for August 2, the day he was to have been mustered out of the Army.