Adrian Cronauer

  • Born: September 8, 1938
  • Died: July 18, 2018
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Adrian Cronauer

DJ was the inspiration for Robin William's character in "Good Morning, Vietnam"…

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film "Good Morning, Vietnam" has died. For full obituary from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Its never to late to express condolences to the family of Mr Cronauer. I pray God give you peace to be continually comforted by the love and support of family and friends as you mourn.

Posted by A friend   September 20, 2018

my deepest sympathy to the family. I hope you find comfort now and in the days ahead by knowing our Creator has promised to be near during times like these Isaiah 61:1,2

Posted by A friend   August 16, 2018

What special brilliant and fearless...a role model for us all!

Posted by VJ Hume - Palm Springs, CA   August 08, 2018

Thanks for all that you have done.

Posted by Lloyd Hillock - Hurst, TX - acquaintance   August 08, 2018

Grief, I've learned, is really just love. It's all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat and the in the hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.

Posted by Thomas Chorba - Severn, MD - military   August 06, 2018

Thanks for the inspiration for the movie,
I enjoyed every minute. Being a Vietnam Veteran myself made me understand this movie and made me laugh at what I could relate to.
Sorry for your loss. We also loss someone who could relate to the veterans with everything he did.
Thank You Sir.

Posted by William Bechtel - Cheektowaga, NY   August 02, 2018


Posted by Tisha Tucker-Cash - Los Angeles, CA   August 01, 2018

Godspeed, fair winds and following seas

Posted by Bob Eberlein - Granger, IN   August 01, 2018

Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of your loss. Those who die God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. (Psalms 116:15)

Posted by A friend   July 31, 2018

We hope for peace and comfort for Mr. Cronauer's family and friends.

Posted by A friend   July 31, 2018

My condolence to the family. May fond memories keep him alive in your hearts always.

Posted by A friend   July 30, 2018


I , Started Crying Knowing That Adrian Was Gone ..... & I , Was Like WOW !!!!!!!! I , Used 2 Watched Good , Morning Vietnam When , I Was In Middle School ...... With My Boyfriend Simon So , Farewell Adrian Joshua 6:09 Samuel 1:1:13 Daniel 6:14 Matthew 26:17 Mark 6:26 8:32 & John 12:01 ...........

Posted by Kerri Carol Rock - Smithfield, RI   July 29, 2018

We can look at our love ones as a candle that has loss it flame but it still in our memory and Almighty God who has the power to give life to all on paradise earth.

Posted by A friend   July 28, 2018

With heartfelt sympathy. Please accept my deepest condolences. May you continue to cherish his precious memories together. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort to offer you comfort and the strength during these difficult times ahead.

Posted by A friend   July 28, 2018

I met Adrian and his wife several years ago. He was the Grand Marshall in the Dearborn Mi. parade. He was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers to Adrians Family and Friends

Posted by Norma Demerly - Belleville, MI - acquaintance   July 26, 2018



Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   July 26, 2018

My condolences to Michael, Mary and other family members and friends for the loss of your dear father Adrian. May the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you (John 6:40) ~ Linda, Queens, NY

Posted by A friend   July 25, 2018


Posted by Ann Marie Stokman - Milwaukee, WI   July 25, 2018

Sometimes its hard to find the words to express how much we appreciate someone's life and influence in our own. I think this is one of those times for a lot of us who were inspired, entertained, and encouraged by your life and how you lived out each chapter. What I can do is offer a prayer of condolence for your family, express my personal and eternal gratitude and thanks to you and all who served during the Vietnam War, and render a salute to you - a guy who genuinely understood, appreciated, and selflessly fought for his fellow GIs and veterans and our families throughout your life. Blessings to you and your family Adrian.

Posted by Michael Haller - Anchorage, AK   July 24, 2018

Sorry for your loss
He did wonderful things for those in Vietnam in hard times
May he rest in peace God bless
Richard Hilleary

Posted by Richard Hilleary - Carlisle, PA   July 24, 2018

My heartfelt condolences and prayers for the family of Adrian. May God provide comfort and strength during this most challenging time. With Love & Prayers

Posted by A friend   July 24, 2018

My condolences to the family. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   July 24, 2018

May God be with family and friends during this time
as we all wait until the time when death and pain will be no more

Posted by Jackie - L, GA   July 23, 2018

May the God of all comfort be with family and loved ones.

Posted by Stacy    July 23, 2018

Sgt Cronauer was a fun DJ that all U.S.Servicemen and women enjoyed. He made us laugh in the middle of a war zone. He was not the antiwar person the movie portrayed him to be. He was down to earth and everyone knew and spoke good of him. He boosted the morale in all of us that listened to him each day. Rest in Peace Adrian Cronauer.

Posted by MSgt J.D. Jackson - Laurel, MS   July 23, 2018

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I know that losing a loved one in death is the most difficult thing to handle. Hopefully the promise found at Hosea 13:14 will bring you a little peace of mind in this difficult time.

Posted by - AL   July 23, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family ,friends, and fans who have suffered the loss of their loved one to death. God will comfort and sustain you during this difficult time because he cares for you.(1 Peter 5:6,7)

Posted by - Atlanta, GA   July 23, 2018

Sitting atop my M48a3 I would eagerly await to hear your inspiring, uplifting, "Good morning Vietnam" Adrian. It helped me get through the day.
May you rest in peace Sir. Salute !

Posted by Donald York - Greenville, OH   July 23, 2018

I would like to offer my condolences to the family. I am very sorry for your loss. May you receive comfort and peace from God. Romans 15:3

Posted by B P    July 23, 2018

To the family of Adrian Cronauer. I am sorry about your loved ones passing. Pray constantly to our Grand and Loving Creator who hears the prayers and crys of the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1,2).

Posted by A friend   July 22, 2018

Our sincerest sympathy to you and family. My wife and I had the pleasure of having Adrian and his lovely wife as our table guests on a Veteran's Cruise for a week. Our conversations were lively, funny and we listened to his stories! He loved his country and did a lot to have the remains of MIA and POW's returned home from the wars. God bless you and your family. Thank you for your service to our country!

Posted by Neil McOmber - Enfield, CT   July 22, 2018

Thank you dear sir for your service to our nation. May you now rest in eternal peace with your brothers in arms.
A grateful American

Posted by A friend   July 22, 2018

My sincerest sympathy to you and your entire family.
Sincerely, Nina Vogel, Washington House Inn B&B, Charles Town, WV

Posted by A friend   July 21, 2018

With deepest sympathy on loss of your love one. May it bring you comfort you to know that he will return to the days of his youthful vigor as promised at Job 33:25.

Posted by Melissa Pioneer - Morton Grove, IL   July 21, 2018

Adrian, I am so grateful that you and Jeane were such good friends of my Parents, Dorothy and Don Sartelle. After my Mom's death, you found time to take my father out for lunch every month and I am so grateful for that. I will miss all your stories and how you made my father and me laugh. Rest in Peace. I know you are with Jeane now.

Posted by Anne Bidwell - Ashburn, VA - friend   July 21, 2018

I didn't get to listen to you in Viet Nam but those who did were still talking about you when I got there.

Posted by William sykora - Big Bear Lake, CA - military   July 21, 2018

Thank you so much for your service. Robin Williams and the producers of "Good Morning Viet Nam" made a comedy out of your character, but I'm sure there was a very serious part in your life also. Rest in Peace!

Posted by AG - Niceville, FL   July 21, 2018

Claudio T. Cardoza Rest in peace.Vietnam 1965 & 1968.

Posted by A friend   July 21, 2018

Farewell to Adrian Joseph Cronauer

We are assembled here to pay a last tribute to a beloved comrade Adrian Joseph Cronauer, who served in the defense of the United States of America.

How well he served his fellow man.

In addition to that service, he is well known to his fellow members of the Returned and Services League of Australia who stand with me here, mourning the passing of one who was a loyal co-worker with us.

As we stand here remembering his many qualities, we join in a silent pledge to sink whatever differences we may have with each other and to extend the hand of comradeship and to carry on our tradition of unselfish service to the disabled, to the bereaved and to the highest ideals of citizenship.

The Ode
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them".

Lest We Forget.

Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington sub-branch

Posted by David Ward - Reston, VA - friend   July 21, 2018



Posted by BOB POLITO - GLEN ALLEN, VA   July 21, 2018

Posted by BOB POLITO - GLEN ALLEN, VA   July 21, 2018

RIP Adrian, you were a great inspiration to many of us.
Fly High Sir
John Taylor
USAF, Former Sgt

Posted by John Taylor - St Louis, MO - acquaintance   July 21, 2018

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   July 21, 2018

Thanks for the wake up call every morning in Vietnam...

Posted by Walt Smith - Arlington, MA - military   July 21, 2018


Posted by A friend   July 21, 2018

Adrian, thanks for the memories. From New Year's in South Carolina to the MIA office in Arlington, from discussions on Asian food to German politics to the dynasties of ancient Egypt, it was always a pleasure and never a bore. My apologies (a bit late, it occurs to me) for never getting around to accepting your invitation to get down to Troutville. It always seemed like such a long detour. Now it seems like a small side trip I should have taken years ago. Forever missed, never forgotten.

Posted by Marc Emory - Düsseldorf, Germany - friend   July 21, 2018

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by A friend   July 21, 2018

"Uncle Ade" and "Aunt Jeane", you are deep in our hearts today and always....Hope you two are sharing all the last laughs with our Dad, together in the great beyond. We are grateful for a lifetime of wonderful memories, and send our prayers for peace to Michael and the rest of the family, along with much love and our sincerest condolences to all who feel this great loss. -- from the Hyre family.

Posted by Mae Hyre - Charleston, WV - family   July 20, 2018

"Uncle Ade" and "Aunt Jeane", you are deep in our hearts today and always....Hope you two are sharing all the last laughs with our Dad, together in the great beyond. We are grateful for a lifetime of wonderful memories, and send our prayers for peace to Michael and the rest of the family, along with much love and our sincerest condolences to all who feel this great loss. -- from the Hyre family.

Posted by Mae Hyre - Charleston, WV   July 20, 2018

May the God of all comfort be with the family for comfort and peace.

Posted by A friend   July 20, 2018

Heaven will have a hot mike for you old friend - thanks for what you gave all of us and myself. Hope to see you later.

Posted by JO3 John Macko - Tucson, AZ   July 20, 2018

Adrian was a dear friend and a great mentor in my career. He and I spent our time at Maloney and Burch debating politics and discussing history. We would get together every year, before he and Jean moved to Roanoke. I have missed his sonorous voice and laugh for a couple years, and am sad it has gone to the radio station in the sky.

Posted by Lisa Ozkan - Arlington, VA - friend   July 20, 2018

RIP Brother n Arms you were the voice that kept our hopes alive during our tour in Vietnam.

Posted by Gerald Utterback - Florence, KY   July 20, 2018

In addition to all else he is known for, while serving the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs, Adrian was a welcome and cherished voice for those in the Department of Defense involved in efforts to account for missing servicemembers from past wars (including Operation DESERT STORM, Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and World War II). More importantly, he was the voice and the strongest possible advocate for all those that remain unaccounted for from those wars - a privilege those of us who worked with him can attest that he was extraordinarily passionate about as he traveled across the country meeting with their families, meeting with those in supporting government agencies and with family advocacy groups, activists and concerned citizens, and veteran's service organizations. He traveled from Southeast Asia, to Northeast Asia to Southwest Asia and the Middle East to places such as Iraq, Kuwait, and Israel - all in support of the search for answers for family members and to recover our missing from around the world. He served as a Special Advisor in negotiations with North Korea that resulted in the conduct of operations inside North Korea leading to the recovery and repatriation to the United States of remains of our service members who were killed-in-action during the Korean War, bringing closure and comfort to family members who had waited so long. Certainly the Vietnam War veterans and families of those who remain missing from that war particularly appreciated his voice and strong advocacy given his service in Vietnam, but he was equally respected and regarded by families of missing personnel from others wars as well. Those who remain missing and their families have lost a staunch advocate. His impact in POW/MIA issues was significant, his voice was powerful, his dedication unending, and he will never be forgotten. To his family and friends, you have our deepest sympathy on your loss

Posted by - Springfield, VA - coworker   July 20, 2018

All of these "guests" signing the book - that tells you everything about Adrian. I met Adrian while visiting my husband in Carrington Memory Care. I loved that smile and when you asked him how he was, he would always say "Mighty fine". I loved Adrian and when I asked him to smile for me and make my day, he would gladly do so. What an inspiration! Just seeing him lifted my spirits! He was one special person. May God truly bless and comfort all of his family at this difficult time.

Posted by Lois Elliott - Fincastle, VA - friend   July 20, 2018

It was great having you aboard Adrian, we'll meet up to you again on calmer shores.

Posted by Dave Dietz - Akron, OH   July 20, 2018

RIP Brother. Thanks for the memories.

MSgt Whitey Roark, USAF 66 to 88

Posted by Thelbert Roark - Alton, VA   July 20, 2018

Farewell to an acquaintence and great radio personality. May he entertain God in heaven.

Posted by David Barrette, AFRTS SSGT Ret. - Strasburg, VA - acquaintance   July 20, 2018

From one Silent Warrior to another, God give you peace. Crete will always be in our hearts.
Paul Boetcher, Msgt. USAF retired.

Posted by PAUL BOETCHER - DADE CITY, FL - military   July 20, 2018

Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years, And if because of special mightiness they are 80 years. May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy in your heart.

Posted by A friend   July 20, 2018

As a Vietnam vet 66-68 I have to say this movie he wrote kept me laughing! Really enjoyed watching it more than once! RIP and Good by Vietnam!

Posted by Ronald Robie - Fortville, IN - military   July 20, 2018

THANK YOU SIR ( class of 70-71)

Posted by John ryan - troy, NY - classmate   July 20, 2018

He sounds like a pretty cool guy. I wish I could have met him; I'm sure it would have been an interesting conversation. Rest in Peace. Memory Eternal.

Posted by David Gerbick - Valparaiso, IN   July 20, 2018

Condolences to Adrian's family and friends.

Posted by A friend   July 20, 2018

Thank You Adrian for service. You were there for us in good times and bad times and kept us laughing. I still listen to your voice everytime my phone rings (Robin William's rendition of you). Rest in Peace. - Paul Dalton BU 2, NMCB-58, 66-67, 67-68

Posted by Paul Dalton - Milwaukie, OR - military   July 20, 2018

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   July 20, 2018

Thank You for sending a bit of SunShine to me/us - the mix of Music gave us a ray of Hope while serving in Vietnam 1968-69-with Alpha Btry.1st.Bn.12th. Marines 3rd. Division(FMF),Thank You Adrian-"The Angel of Music"- Semper Fi, Bro. Bear( Vincent Morrison)

Posted by Vincent Morrison - Houston, TX - acquaintance   July 20, 2018

Thanks for all your service and Thank You for attending our Air Force Information Warfare Center Dining Out in 2005

Posted by Brian Boardman - Anacortes, WA - acquaintance   July 20, 2018

on behalf of my friend William[bill] Czarny]

Posted by - IL   July 20, 2018

R.I.P. now one of our fallen heroes from the forsaken war...R.I.P.

Posted by Ruth MacKenzie - Milford, CT   July 20, 2018

God bless

Posted by - FL   July 20, 2018

My condolences to the family on your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this difficult time and beyond.

Posted by LF    July 20, 2018

Deepest condolences to his family from a Vietnam Veteran.

Posted by James Billiams - Elizabeth, NJ   July 20, 2018

Adrian, Thanks for the laughs, in a time of (high anxiety) war with all its side effects.
One of the gun ship crew chiefs. SFC , USA RET .

Posted by Barry Wolfgang - Atlantic Beach, FL - military   July 20, 2018

Your laughter and friendship will be missed.

Posted by Stacey Ivie - Springfield, VA - friend   July 20, 2018

A light to the world has been extinguished. God hold you in his loving arms.

Posted by A friend   July 20, 2018


Posted by Ann M Stokman - Milwaukee, WI   July 20, 2018


Rest in Peace Adrian. Thank you for your audacity to change the format of military broadcasting.

Posted by Susan Anderson-McCaskill - Fort Worth, TX   July 20, 2018

You were over there just a bit before I was-never got to hear you, but know you
'busted some chops'-good man. RIP. JimRET/DAV/USA

Posted by Jim B - central, FL   July 20, 2018

Thank you for your service during and after. You made many ideas turn into reality. I met you once and have your autograph. Such an engaging individual. I am humbled to have made your acquaintance. RIP. Del Bender, CPT, USARMY (Retd)

Posted by A friend   July 20, 2018

Adrian, although I am not a Vet of Vietnam, my brother is I saw the movie with Robin Williams several times and enjoyed it each time I watched it. You and Robin playing you brought happiness to the soldiers in country. God Bless You Adrian and may you rest in peace and enjoy a few laughs with Robin in Heaven.

Posted by Noelle Smith - Odessa, TX   July 20, 2018

It was a pleasure to work with Adrian. I enjoyed the time spent with him and he will truly be missed and loved. ❤

Posted by Tameika Oliver - Roanoke, VA   July 19, 2018

Hi how are you i loved his music etc. Rip. He seemed like a nice guy. Take care bye

Posted by Mr jody Brachman - Highland park, IL   July 19, 2018

As Program Director at WRFT-TV in Roanoke, VA, Adrian was my mentor from 1967 to 1970. Adrian booked interviews for a weekly show that I directed called Valley Views. It was hosted by William B. Robertson, a black educator, and leading citizen of Roanoke. In an interview Adrian once said he was a conservative; but he was certainly no racist. In 1968 the South African government was sending apartheid apologists around to talk shows in the US. Adrian booked the apartheid interview; telling the guest hed have the whole half hour. Mr. Robertson was well prepared for the interview; and I delayed his entrance on stage until very close to air time and after the apartheid advocate was seated. Of course, the guest was surprised when he met the show host. That is how Adrian struck a blow against apartheid in 1968!

Posted by Wayne Parsons - Los Angeles, CA - coworker   July 19, 2018

Posted by Bonny Sisson Stilwell - Concord, NC   July 19, 2018

I called my daily meetings with Adrian -The Cron Hour! We shared so many goals for serving our POW/MIAs, and the search for answers from the first minute we met until the end of each hour. Just like the hour, 60 minutes will have passed and Adrian will have the answers from God with the Grace, that only the Almighty can restore. Until we meet again may you Rest in Peace, Good Night Adrian.

Hon. Kentucky Colonel

Posted by Bonny Sisson Stilwell - Concord, NC   July 19, 2018

I met Ade in Crete and served with him there and in VietNam. We were very close and stayed in touch through the years. It's hard to believe that he's gone. He was a friend and a mentor to me and an astonishingly bright, talented and warm human being. RIP

Posted by Joel Mogul - Los Angeles, CA - friend   July 19, 2018

Truly saddened. Sympathy and prayers are extended to his family and loved ones. For all Adrian did for his fellow veterans while he served in the USAF, he continued to work for so many veterans long after he took off his uniform. Rest in peace.

Posted by Rich Sanders - Alabaster, AL - friend   July 19, 2018

My Brother,
Rest Easy the walk thru the Valley, Was made just a little bit
Easier, thanks to You,

I am sorry that you were unable
To attend The Dedication Of
VN Veterans Monument, in Pittsburgh, in 1987,

Pittsburgh, was PROUD of You..

Thank You



Posted by Paul V. CPL VN CLASS OF 69 Shepherd - Pittsburgh, PA - brother   July 19, 2018

Had the privilege of meeting Adrian some years back at Kokomo,IN Vietnam reunion. Great sense of humor, great guy and fellow Viet Nam veteran.May he Rest In Peace

Posted by Dale Brown (Sgt) USAF Vietnam 69-70 - Grand Ledge, MI   July 19, 2018

Your early am show brought many smiles to those serving in Danang. Countless smiles spread across the nation with the film your story inspired. Thank You for showing us a different Vietnam and for your Service. Rest in Peace.

Sincere condolences to family, friends and fans.

Posted by Jennifer Angelo - Abington, PA   July 19, 2018

as a part of his military family veteran Family I would like to say that the world is a much smaller place without him in it. He will be missed by us all. My sincere condolences to his real life family

Posted by richard i Schock - BRIDGEPORT, CT - family   July 19, 2018

I recall arriving at my unit on July 6, 1968. I asked one of the soldiers if they had an alarm clock so I wouldnt be late to the Chow Hall in the morning. The solider told me not to worry because
Cronauer will wake us up. I let it go at that. When morning came, I heard this loud and lively voice articulating over the radio, Gooood Morning Vietnam. I immediately understood why I was told not to worry and just wait until morning. Since that first shout out by Cronauer I looked forward to that wake-up call. One last remembrance: Credited to the Sergeant or not, let us not forget the adventures of Chicken Man. Thank you, Sergeant Cronauer and rest in peace.

Posted by Charles Charlton - Los Angeles, CA - military   July 19, 2018

Thank you for your service and for continuing to represent veterans.

Posted by Leslie Whitney,MSgt USAF Retired - Chino Hills, CA   July 19, 2018

A truly amazing man, a truly amazing legacy. Thank you, Mr. Cronauer, for reminding us that the only real enemy, regardless of party stripes, is 'stupidity'.

Posted by James McMullan - Oakville, ON   July 19, 2018

GOD bless you Adrian Cronauer!..... you were truly a Godsend!

Posted by Ed Dvorscak - Crystal Lake, IL   July 19, 2018

I spoke infrequently on the telephone with him, from 2014 onward, and enjoyed our brief chats. He always made time for everyone. Our "connection" was that we were both members of MENSA®™, the international "High IQ" fraternal organization, and each of us believed that our intellect was a "gift" that should not be wasted. He was kind & generous, and I will miss him (and his humor), very much.

Posted by FRED BEEMAN - Las Vegas, NV - friend   July 19, 2018


So sorry to hear this news. I treasure the time I got to spend with him in D.C. Rest in peace.

Posted by Janice Nyborg - Aurora, CO   July 19, 2018

RIP Vietnam Nam Brother

Posted by Joe Verdian - Camino, CA   July 19, 2018

Praying for Gods comfort for family and friends. Especially my Facebook friend Cameron.

Posted by Shirley Brewer - Normal, IL   July 19, 2018

The news was a shock. Adrian and I were stationed together (along with Jim Meyer and Duane DeVries) in the TV section of Missile Training, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas in 1962. It was our first year in the AF and we all became, not only co-workers, but friends. I had lunch in Adrian in DC probably 20 years ago and we relived old memories. In 1988, when GMV came out, I called the Touchstone Pictures and the PR person called Adrian in San Francisco (he was at Robin's club) and I did not expect a call. But within 10 minutes, Adrian and I were chatting. Thanks to him and the foresight to write a great initial script, Armed Forces Radio and Television, which we all were a part of, will live on via tape, movie and DVD. Rest in eternal peace with those who have preceded you. Thanks for touching my life, Adrian.

Posted by David Redman - Sylva, NC - friend   July 19, 2018

You are at peace now my brother...

Posted by Kenneth Vaughn - San Antonio, TX - friend   July 19, 2018

I live in Fairfax, Va., and, as a former newspaper copyeditor, I scour obituaries on a daily basis ... sometimes more than once a day. I love the writeups, the ethnicities, the family histories, the careers, and the interests and pets. I often find someone whom I used to work with or lived near. This morning, in reading the obituaries in The Washington Post, my eye caught this death notice. Please accept my sympathies for the loss of such an interesting man who led such an interesting life it would appear. I am married to a radio man who on our first date took me to see "Good Morning, Vietnam!" Again, we're so sorry for your loss. Joanne and Glenn Richcreek

Posted by Joanne Richcreek - Fairfax, VA   July 19, 2018

Good morning Vietnam , thanks for being able to wake up to this in vietnam . RIP mate from an aussie vietnam veteran.

Posted by Bob Gibson - Gold Coast   July 19, 2018

Adrian, you gave much cheer to those who served with you in Vietnam and you continued to cheer America's veterans.
We remember your greetings at our veterans breakfasts in Washington DC for many years.
No longer 'Good Morning Vietnam' instead
it was 'Good Morning Veterans.' May Our
Lord welcome you and may all our brothers and sisters be there to share
happiness with you in eternity.
John J. Molloy, OSJ
National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans
Sgt. 11th Lt Infantry Bde. 67-68

Posted by John Molloy - McKnightstown, PA   July 19, 2018


Godspeed Adrian, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Rest Adrian, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   July 19, 2018

Well done good and faithful servant and thank you for your outstanding service. You have brought brothers and sister in service together to share their memories. God bless and sweet rest!

Posted by Marci Posey - Anchorage, AK - military   July 19, 2018

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Frye 1932

I've submitted the above poem for many of the Fallen on the Vietnam Virtual Wall. I submit it today for Adrian Cronauer. Requiescat in Pace.

Bob Ross, Philadelphian at Bien Hoa 1967-1969

Posted by Bob Ross - Australia   July 19, 2018

May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Cronauer family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by CF    July 19, 2018

I'm saddened to learn of Mr. Cronauer's passing. Thank you, sir, for your service to this country, and for giving us a loose insight into your experiences in Saigon. Not everyone can be an influence on Robin Williams. To his family and friends, thank you for sharing him with us. Sending love and mercy from Westchester County, NY.

Posted by Joshua Buland - Westchester County, NY   July 19, 2018

Mike, Mary & Family:

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your special and legendary family member. I apologize for losing touch after David's passing, but over the years since then, I have often found myself thinking of you all and wondering how each of your were doing. Because of David, I had the pleasure of knowing and spending time with both Adrian and Jean. They were so kind to host me in their residence several times when I was in the D.C. area, and I always enjoyed our interactions. Adrian, Jean and David all loved your children and, from reading this Obit, it is obvious that they have become fine adults of whom you are most proud.

May your fond memories and knowledge of Adrian's life so well lived sustain and comfort you as you press on with life's journey by God's grace.

Posted by KELLY WHITIS - Austin, TX   July 19, 2018

Sad to see the passing of this wonderful man who was a family friend. In addition to his wonderful story telling, my favorite memory is . . .The summer of 1973, I apartment sat for Jean and him. She was away working on her Master's Degree and he was traveling a lot for his job. He had tomato plants against a sunny wall at the apartment. The tomato plants got aphids. He did not want to spray them with pesticides so he ordered a pound of ladybugs and instructed me to put them in the refrigerator and we would place them on the plants when he got back from that trip. A pound of ladybugs is BUNCH of lady bugs a lot of them got out of the shipping container and were slowly crawling around the fridge when we went to get them from the fridge. We had such a good laugh while corralling the ladybugs and placing then on the plants

Posted by Ross and Stacy Pendleton - Roanoke, VA - friend   July 19, 2018

What a truly sweet spirit and loss for us all. I so enjoyed visiting with Adrian on several occasions and had such fun working on a couple of projects with him. More than anything, I simply enjoyed our talks and emails and the wisdom and opinions he shared with me. I'm honored to have known him as the down-to-earth and kind person he was. Adrian, you will be missed. Prayers to the family following such loss.

Posted by Lisa Moorman Sumpter - Roanoke, VA - friend   July 19, 2018

RIP Mr. Cronauer. You lived a very interesting life and made this world a better place with your presence. Condolences to your family and friends.

Posted by Margie Kekko - Picayune, MS   July 19, 2018

Good Night Viet Nam, Sgt. USAF Viet Nam 70-71, Thailand 71-72.

Posted by A friend   July 19, 2018

Adrian and I were stationed together at Iraklion AB, Crete '65-'66. It wouldn't have been the same without him to entertain us. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Harold Dorsey - College Station, TX   July 19, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family at this very sad time.
Psalms 116:15

Posted by A. F.    July 19, 2018

Rest in peace it was such an honor meeting you and your lovely wife at the AFVN Reunion in DC

Posted by SSG US ARMY Louis Waters AFVN 1968-1969 - Greenville, NC - friend   July 19, 2018

I want to say thank you for ALL that you did. My Dad, Thurman Lee Dills, was station on the same base as you in Vietnam. He worked as radar/air traffic controler, but also as a DJ while stationed there. He told me stories of the times you and him had lunch together, and how awesome you were. Many years later, my dad reached out to you by phone and you were more then happy to chat with him for a couple of hours remembering the past. That touched my dad's heart so deeply, and so it has touched mine. We, as a family, have a HUGE love for music and the military. Even passing it on to my own young children. Thank you for your service, for the love of our military, and the love of our country. Much Love ~Dayna Argall

Posted by Dayna Argall - Candler, NC   July 19, 2018

Thank You Adrian for uplifting the military and making our days in Nam a little easier. was there for three years and when I could listen, I would do so. It sure made things a little easier. Your mind had change to get away and back home. Thanks again for all your mind get away help during and after Nam. Blessings and Happiness to you and your family. You are a Great man who did Great things for many people. God's Speed.

Posted by Glenn Mallott - BLUE SPRINGS, MO - acquaintance   July 19, 2018


WOW - Sad news on the passing of this HERO who brought so much happiness to our Troops who were living/working in such a horrid environment as Viet Nam. Adrain Cronauer will live in the hearts of all Viet Nam veterans, and all who loved Robin Williams portrayal of Adrian in the movie Good Morning Viet Nam. Rest in Peace you dear man!

Posted by ConnieSue Redman - Glendale, AZ   July 19, 2018

RIP. What an Interesting life.God Bless.

Posted by Anna Gates - holbrook, MA   July 19, 2018


Please accept my Deepest Sympathies

Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   July 19, 2018

Thanks for the joy you brought us on Armed Forces Radio, Vietnam. Especially in the 12th Fighter Wing, Cam Ranh Bay Vietnam. We all who listened daily, you we the reason to rise, serve and smile during this terrible "conflict". You helped make the "conflict"more tolerable. You will be remembered by the millions who served in-country.
Many thanks and God Bless...

Posted by Allyn Maines - TOMS RIVER, NJ   July 19, 2018

Sorry for your loss. May the love of family, and friend carry you through your grief.

Posted by A friend   July 19, 2018


Thanks for the good work you did with bringing home our Veterans RIP

Posted by David Preacher Wilkinson - Deptford, NJ - acquaintance   July 19, 2018

I met Adrian at a breakfast function back in 2008 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Biloxi, MS. He was jolly, funny and passionate about his past life experiences. He will be missed.

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Posted by Teresa Johnston    July 19, 2018

Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace. Prayers to your family and friends.

Posted by Michael LeBlanc - Titusville, FL   July 19, 2018


Good Morning Vietnam 173rd Airborne Brigade 1965

Posted by charles knecht - Dunnellon, FL - military   July 19, 2018

The "Dawn Buster" program was one of the oh so few bright spots that I looked forward to as a 19 year old kid in Danang,Viet Nam. To this day I still, sometimes, imulate Adrian's opening refrain of, good morning Viet Nam! Thanks, Adrian, for being there to light up my mornings in a positive way. I'll never forget. God Bless the Cronauer family.

Navy Veteran
Danang, Viet Nam

Posted by Earl Claiborne - Mountain Home, ID   July 19, 2018

Thank you for serving your country in many ways. may you rest in Peace knowing you did an exemplary job whenever called upon.

Posted by jesse gilbert - Tacoma, WA   July 19, 2018

RIP - Adrian - you will always be the voice of Vietnam Radio (AFRC) for us!!

Posted by Dan Utinske - Gig Harbor, WA - military   July 19, 2018

Wow quit a man. Did a lot for men and women in war zones and to give a cheer to people in combat zone...will be thought of a lot and missed. A great promoter in a tough time..Bobby schelling columbus Georgia (ft. Benning) sorry for loss to family and

Posted by Bobby Schelling - Columbus, GA   July 19, 2018

Thanks brother for all you did for us G.I.s in NAM. God bless

Posted by Howard Bartholf - Richmond, VA - military   July 19, 2018

I met Adrian when we were studying for the Bar in 1989, and have been friends with him ever since. He was a brilliant person who also had a healthy sense of the ridiculous. We had wonderful times arguing over every topic under the sun, and he honored me by letting me write his speech for the Support the Troops rally held in Washington during the War with Iraq. While I mourn his passing, I am glad the he is now at peace and with his wife Jeane. My prayers go out to his family, whom he loved VERY much, and I hope that they are comforted by each other and the many friends of Adrian that will gather around them at a moment's notice.

Posted by Margaret Kohutanycz Pendley - Falls Church, VA - friend   July 19, 2018

I interviewed Adrian Cronauer in 2015 as part of Harry Simons' and my documentary about the American Forces Vietnam Network, "AFVN: The GI's Companion."

If you're interested in hearing it, our interview with Adrian can be heard at beginning at the 1:05:41 time mark.

The full ten hour documentary is online at

Thank you for your service, Adrian. Rest in Peace

Posted by A friend   July 19, 2018

Every AFN disc jockey since the 1980s worshipped you! God speed, Mr. Cronauer!

Posted by John Hansen - Athens, OH   July 19, 2018

RIP my brother. Vietnam 68/69.

Posted by James Dennis - Sugar Land, TX   July 19, 2018

Thank you, Sir, for being such a great inspiration to us all. May you forever be as blessed as those who have met you!

Posted by Gail Anderson - Lillian, AL - acquaintance   July 19, 2018

It was great to get to know you. You will be missed

Posted by David & Eva LaBar - Martinsburg, WV   July 19, 2018

Rest in Peace My Brother.....Salute!

Posted by Ebb Thomas - Panama City, Fl, FL   July 19, 2018

Rest in Peace Sir...Thank you for your service.

Posted by Clarence Simonson - Kamloops, BC   July 19, 2018

I would like to thank him for what he did for the guys. I spent my time (1968-69) in Panama. I am sure he was a great help to them.

Posted by Thomas Stout - OH   July 19, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Adrian for 4 years at the Pentagon, in the POW/MIA mission. I loved nothing more than to duck into his office and ask a question, and get a great story (with that perfect storyteller's voice) in return. He lived an amazing life, and serves as a great inspiration for us all. Thank you, sir.

Posted by Wiliam Thomas - Manila, Philippines - coworker   July 19, 2018

The World has lost another Great Man and I can say Friend. From a Fellow Vietnam Veteran- Salute Sir, The Beat Goes On!

Posted by Paul Kasper - Enterprise, AL - friend   July 19, 2018

Adrian, you made a big difference to a lot of us in Vietnam. Thank you for what you brought us then and what youve done since. May you ever Rest In Peace and know you will be remembered.

Posted by David Stone - Bethlehem, PA - military   July 19, 2018

Adrian and I were friends for over 50 years. We worked together for years and he was my mentor. Truly amazing and talented man. May he find peace and join his loving wife Jeane in the blue beyond. God bless his loving family that took such loving care of him the past few years. He will be missed.

Posted by Ellen Butler - Taylors, SC   July 19, 2018

The world is emptier without your presence Rest In Peace...

Posted by Ed Banach - Easton, PA - acquaintance   July 19, 2018

mike and mary our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

Posted by mary moran - troutville, VA - family   July 19, 2018

My sympathies to his family. I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with him at as I recall a White News Photographer Assn. Gala a number of years ago. A real gentleman and a really nice guy. RIP

Posted by Ken Hackman - Studio City, CA - acquaintance   July 19, 2018

We had the privilege and honor to have had Adrian come to Liberal, Kansas twice. It was a joy to be able to sing for him and have him share some of what he did for our fallen heroes and their families. I was saddened to learn that he has gone on to his reward. May God comfort you and surround you with peace. Rest easy Adrian and fly high sir!

Posted by Janie Kitch-Pierce - Liberal, KS   July 19, 2018

Thank you for making our day a little better. Rest In Peace Brother.

Posted by Alan Staggs - Mobile, AL   July 19, 2018

RIP SIR. VIETNAM 1971-1972

Posted by Charles Alford - Fremont, NC - acquaintance   July 19, 2018

He is already missed RIP.
Byron G. Howard Sr

Posted by Nyron Howard - Texas City, TX   July 19, 2018

What a privilege to have spent some time working with Ade at WPVR in Roanoke. He'd graduated 'Nam and I was graduating Va.Tech.
His was a great talent in broadcasting and perhaps even more helping veterans and our flag later in life.
Ade's life meant something to many, and a lot to many others. I'm proud to be in both groups.

Posted by Bob Keeton - Tryon, NC - coworker   July 18, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 comfort your family.

Posted by A friend   July 18, 2018

he opened the door for the rest of us to be real dj's and play what our listeners wanted....RIP adrian.....

Posted by david perry - Biloxi, MS - coworker   July 18, 2018

Family Album

Adrian Cronauer