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Date

Name(s)

Location

Insignia

Notes

20 DEC 66

PFC Gregory L. Miller [CE]
PFC James F. Franklin
SGT Bobby L. Waddell
AC & P WIA

Vietnam

155 AHC
UH-1D
#65-09990
On takeoff A/C traveled 200 meters, lost RPM, hit tree, rolled to right and crashed in wooded area and burned.

19 DEC 66

SGT Coley L. Andrews [CE]

Vietnam

335 AHC
UH-1D
#65-12849
While on the ground at an LZ for troop extraction mission, CE killed by small arms fire.

18 DEC 66

1LT Albert J. McAuliffe [P]
WO1 Joel W. McDonnell [P]
CE WIA

Vietnam

C/1/9 CAV
UH-1D
#65-09809
A/C was returning to LZ for fuel after mission was completed. Ground was obscured by fog and pilot requested a GCA. A/C turned left and did not comply with instructions. Last transmission from A/C was that it was out of control. Pilot flew low over tent area, knocking one down and then crashed.

17 DEC 66

CPT Aaron L. Bram [IP]
LT M.S. Lee [P] (ROK)
SP5 William L. Seastrom [CE]

Binh Dinh Province

174 AHC
UH-1D
#65-09605
C/S: DOLPHIN 605
A/C was being used to train Korean pilot. At about 800' on downwind leg at Lane AHP when the white rotor blade struck the left front of the cockpit. The M/R mast failed and A/C rolled inverted to strike the ground and burned on impact.

08 DEC 66

SP4 Ernest Palmieri [CE]

Vietnam

71 AHC
UH-1D
#65-10068
CE shot in head while making an extraction out of the Hobo woods area.

05 DEC 66

SP5 Royal T. Krell [G]
3 WIA

Vietnam

1 CAV
UH-1
#66-00554
On final to refueling area, pilot noted loss of power, entered autorotation, no warning lights on, applied pitch at bottom of autorotation with no effect. A/C hit hard and burst into flames. Damage to lower planetary gear system indicated internal failure with failure of power to the rotor system.

02 DEC 66

WO1 Daniel A. Sulander [AC]
WO1 Donald Harrison [CP]
SP4 William J. Bodzick [CE]
SP4 Lee J. Boudreaux Jr [G]
SGT Irby Dyer III

Laos

281 AHC
UH-1D
#65-10088
A/C came under intense ground fire while trying to extract LRRP team. A/C crashed in nose low attitude and burst into flames.

01 DEC 66

SP5 George L. Gavaria [C]

Binh Dinh Province

C/1/9 CAV
Killed during Battle of Phu Huu 2.

28 NOV 66

1LT David L. Siverly [AC]
WO1 Larry F. Castle [CP]
PFC Merced H. Gonzales [CE]
SSG Carroll L. Rodgers [G]

Bien Hoa Province

116 AVN
UH-1B
#64-13951
A/C was providing Close Air Support for ground troops. Pilot radioed his wingman that he was going in. A/C appeared to be in a normal autorotation but exploded on impact with the ground.

15 NOV 66

WO1 James W. Bruhn [P]

Tay Ninh Province

162 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13855
A/C hit by extensive ground fire on an 5-ship ARVN CA near Tay Ninh. While flaring to land, a machine gun fired on acft from the front left and a round went behind pilot's chicken plate killing him instantly.

11 NOV 66

CPT Walter R. Speare III [AC]
1LT Dee W. Stone Jr [CP]
SP4 Edmond D. Schoenig [CE]
G WIA

Pleiku Province

119 AHC
UH-1B
#63-08600
While escorting troop movements, camouflaged AA guns were spotted and began attacking their positions. Although under heavy attack, A/C managed to destroy 3 of the 8 guns. Repeated hits of A/C severely damaged it and it crashed into the jungle.

11 NOV 66

MAJ William F. Callinan [AC]
CPT Milton F. Smith [CP]
2 WIA

Vietnam

170 AHC
UH-1D
#65-09903
While attempting to land, A/C struck higher terrain 100 yds short of intended touch down point. A/C rolled inverted but came to rest up right.

11 NOV 66

CPT John J. Livingston [P]
WO1 Terrence M. Rooney [P]
SGT Maynard J. Humes [CE]
SP4 Loren S. Reeves [G]

Pleiku Province

117 AHC
UH-1B
#63-08663
A/C had completed gun run when received a hit by 50 cal. fire. The A/C was seen to slow down, settle in level position toward the ground then disintegrate in the air and crash near Plei Djereng. The A/C was burning in the air.

11 NOV 66

SGT Henry T. Leonard [G]
1LT Paul Hess

Vietnam

281 AHC
UH-1
#65-9711
A/C was on an emergency ammunition resupply mission when the A/C was hit by NVA fire.

10 NOV 66

CPT Sylvan K. Bradley [AC]
1LT Lloyd S. Smith [CP]
PFC Joseph Baczalski [CE]
PFC Alfred Carmichael Jr [G]

Binh Duong Province

D/1/4 CAV
UH-1B
#63-12906
Hit by a B-40 rocket during transition near Lai Khe.

07 NOV 66

PFC Wayne A. McCollum [G]
4 WIA

Vietnam

334 AHC
UH-1C
#64-14164
During approach to Nha Be helipad in heavy rain, pilot lost contact with pad and flew into river. A/C rolled over and sank in 12' of water - 5 rescued by Navy patrol boats.

06 NOV 66

LTC Roger H. Coye [P]
PFC Anthony J. Gadda Jr
SP4 Edward P. Stefanik
SP4 Melvin D. Duty
PFC Lawrence E. Fowler
SP4 Paul C. Hamby Jr
MAJ William A. Hendon
SP4 Thomas J. Klemp
SGM Shannon J. Hervey Jr
CPT William J. Wilders

Binh Duong Province

HHC 1 AVN
UH-1D
#64-13883
A/C crashed shortly after takeoff due to xmsn locking up. Coye died on December 7, one month after crash of injuries received.

04 NOV 66

SP4 Leslie D. Moses [CE]

Vietnam

71 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13715
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C was approaching touchdown on a medevac mission when it was hit by automatic weapons fire, killing the CE.

04 NOV 66

SGT James R. Pearson [G]

Vietnam

D/3/4 CAV
Door gunner died from a head wound taken over the HoBo Woods.

30 OCT 66

WO1 Michael N. Coryell [P]
WO1 Wilmer J. Willingham [P]
PFC James L. Walker [CE]
SP4 John W. Woods Jr [G]

Pleiku Province

155 AVN
UH-1D
#64-13587
Shot down while on a resupply mission, crashing to the ground in flames.

30 OCT 66

WO1 David A. Haakensen [P]

Vietnam

118 AHC
Shot in groin with .50 cal and bled to death before getting on ground.

18 OCT 66

CW2 James W. Hargrove [CP]
P, CE & G WIA

Vietnam

121 AHC
UH-1B
#63-08549
A/C was inserting a South Vietnamese CIDG force when heavy fire hit the cockpit. A/C crashed inverted in swampy woooded area.

14 OCT 66

WO1 Robert L. Pruhs [P]
SP4 Louis Turchi [CE]

Long An Province

71 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13796
On an initial in-country checkride when diverted to CA insertion of ARVN troops near Bin Chanh. During insertion at LZ, A/C received heavy ground fire from enemy. P struck by round in femoral artery.

09 OCT 66

MAJ Pierce I. Robertson [P]
SP4 James L. Hatton [G]
P & G WIA
6 PAX injured

Binh Dinh Province

A/227 AHB
UH-1D
#65-10066
While flying through An Khe pass, A/C entered IFR due to heavy fog and rain, while turning right A/C hit tree and crashed just off road.

07 OCT 66

WO1 Robert F. Chamberlain [P]
CPT Harry T. Whetzel [P]
SP5 Robert W. Gilliam [CE]
SP4 Johnny L. Neal [G]

Vietnam

129 AHC
UH-1B
#64-13932
A/C was shot down on an independent mission between Dong Ba Thin and Phan Rang while engaging an enemy .50 cal machine gun which had a friendly unit pinned down with its deadly fire.

03 OCT 66

1LT Howard D. Ulmer Jr [AC]
CPT Richard A. Rosbeck [P]

Vietnam

175 AHC
UH-1D
#65-09797
A/C entered severe weather knowingly, then apparently exceeded the capabilities of both the crew and A/C.

26 SEP 66

MAJ Robert F. Grundman [P]

Vietnam

A/25 AVN
A/C was hit by ground fire while on medevac standby and pilot was struck in the head.

26 SEP 66

MAJ Norman L. Dupre [P]
CPT Henry L. Mosburg [P]
SP4 Marvin F. Phillips [G]
CE WIA

Vinh Binh Province

114 AHC
UH-1B
#64-13935
A/C was fired on by small arms. As the A/C prepared for a third pass, one of the rockets was on fire on the left side. Observers watched the tail section fall away, causing the A/C to fall toward the Son Co Chien river in a steep spin, landing on its right side in approx 9' of water.

25 SEP 66

1LT William R. Beasley [P]
SP4 Lawrence Williams Jr [G]
AC WIA

Bien Hoa Province

281 AHC
UH-1D
#65-09726
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C hit the ground in nearly level attitude during takeoff at night with low ceiling, crashing into an old French mine field while supporting SF Team C-3.

24 SEP 66

WO1 Wayne E. Ellison [AC]
CPT William E. Ebel [CP]
PFC Elmer L. Buchanan [CE]
SP4 Edwin J. Luckstead [G]

Binh Dinh Province

C/227 AHB
UH-1D
#64-13518
A/C crashed due to mechanical failure flying trail in formation of four ships. P/P tube failure up valley 506 in bad weather.

13 SEP 66

CPT Charles S. Abel [AC]
WO1 Edwin R. Higgins [P]
SP4 Kenneth R. Bertsch [CE]
AN Roger D. Childers [G] (USN)

Vietnam

68 AHC
UH-1B
#64-14088
A/C was 1 of 2 gunships escorting 5 slicks to LZ that was missed because of wx. Flight was RTB and A/C became separated in heavy rain and was seen slowing and entering trees and crash.

12 SEP 66

WO1 David P. Kuhns [AC]

Hau Nghia Province

118 AHC
A/C was on a resupply mission near Trang Bang when it was hit by AW ground fire hitting AC in the neck.

07 SEP 66

WO1 William B. Wilson [P]

Phouc Long Province

197 AHC
Hit by groundfire while inserting SF CIDG troops into Duc Phong. An AK47 round entered through the side seam of his flak jacket, brought back to Song Be for emergency treatment and blood transfusion, he was unconscious at the time, and then evac to Bien Hoa or Saigon.

03 SEP 66

SP4 Arthur A. Freda Jr [CE]
PFC Roy J. Bultman [G]
AC & P rescued

Vietnam

282 AHC
UH-1B
#63-08628
A/C was attempting to cross a ridgeline and pilot allowed air speed and altitude to dissipate, AC took over controls too late to affect recovery, zeroed air speed and acft settled into 100-150' trees near Dalat.

27 AUG 66

WO1 Robert L. Banks [CP]
CW2 William D. Perkins Jr [AC]
SP4 Everett P. Runnells [CE]
SSG Randall D. Howell [G]

Vietnam

A/501 AVN
UH-1C
#66-00496
As the A/C approached Tan Son Nhut after a mission, the tailboom separated and it went in, impacting in a level attitude and soon after exploded. Rocket pod had come loose, swung back and hit the tailboom.

22 AUG 66

SP4 Billy R. Owens [CE]

Vietnam

B/1 AVN
A/C received hostile ground fire striking CE in groin.

15 AUG 66

1LT John F. Boyce [P]
WO1 Michael C. Dundas [P]
PFC Byron N. Ludwig [CE]

Vietnam

B/2/20 ARA
UH-1B
#62-12548
(1) A/C crashed and exploded while covering rappel operation.
(2) While firing rockets into AA position, took heavy fire, crashed NW of LZ Cat in Ia Drang Valley.

14 AUG 66

SP4 Michael J. Billero Jr [CE]
AC & P WIA

Vietnam

25 AVN
UH-1D
#64-13703
After loud bang heard, A/C went into right spin, autorotated, ended up in trees and burned.

13 AUG 66

MAJ Kent E. Gandy [P]
MAJ Harry V. Phillips Jr [PP]
2 WIA

Long Khanh Province

254 MED DET
UH-1D
#64-13658
A/C was on approach to field site to pick up wounded personnel. Descent was made to flashlights on ground approach and A/C was too low, striking trees and crashing 1000 meters short of intended landing spot.

08 AUG 66

MAJ Gerald S. Simons [AC]
1LT Richard W. Meehan [CP]
PFC Leslie D. Nickels [CE]
PFC Tony L. Bakke [G]

Pleiku Province

C/1/9 CAV
UH-1C
#65-09546
While in flight, the pilot lost visual contact with the ground due to poor weather and crashed and burned on impact. The A/C was required to fly in marginal weather at night to prepare for further operations. Another A/C UH-1 #65-09675, was lost searching for this one.

08 AUG 66

WO1 John J. Becker Jr* [AC]
WO1 Eric R. Nordman [P]
PFC Frank L. Blevins [CE]
PFC Andy Johnson Jr [G]

Vietnam

B/1/9 CAV
UH-1D
#65-09675
A/C was searching for missing UH-1 #65-09546 (above). While conducting the search it diverted to Oasis due to bad weather then flew into fog clouds. It is assumed the pilots experienced vertigo causing them to crash and burn. *Becker died 16AUG66 of burn injuries sustained in crash.

01 AUG 66

MAJ Frank J. Gundaker [P]
SP4 Donald D. Wallace [CE]
PFC Ronald J. Russell
SP5 Ernest M. Shuman Jr

Vietnam

48 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13772
While moving a sling load of rotor blades to clean up area, the load got into the rotor system damaging the rotor blades. A/C crashed and burned.

01 AUG 66

WO1 Allan L. Cox [P]

Vietnam

B/229 AHB
UH-1D
#63-08745
Died instantly after taking a round in the head. Slumped over the controls and A/C crashed into trees. Rest of crew survived and made it back to the LZ.

01 AUG 66

PFC Richard G. Kitner [G]

Vietnam

B/229 AHB
UH-1B
#64-14092
A/C was supporting the 25 ID on a search and destroy mission in the Ho Bo Woods. A/C was one of 12 ships on mission and were departing LZ after troops got off when enemy ground fire hit gunner with a single round through the heart.

27 JUL 66

WO1 Rutherford J. Welsh [AC]
WO1 Joseph C. Sampson Jr [CP]
SP5 Harold W. Reinbott Jr [CE]
PFC James W. Collins [G]
SSG Joseph F. Hunt
PFC Joe D. Kegley
PFC James L. McCrystal
PFC Melvin W. McDowell
PFC Carlos D. Moore
PFC Jerry L. Schemel

Vietnam

A/82 AVN
UH-1D
#64-13571
A/82 Avn was supporting a 173rd ABN troop lift. A/C was number 8 in the formation. It was seen to pitch up to a vertical position, falling off to the left, completed a 270 degree turn while descending rapidly and exploded on impact with trees.

24 JUL 66

CW2 Hugh C. Galbraith [P]

Vietnam

A/501 AVN
UH-1D
#64-13712
Rotor blade struck tied down rotor on parked A/C.

21 JUL 66

PFC Willie B. Cary [G]

Vietnam

C/227 AVN
UH-1D
#63-08827
A/C cleared barriers and settled into trees rolling on right side and caught fire.

20 JUL 66

CW2 Daniel A. Lambdin [AC]
CW2 Ronald J. Kinkeade [CP]
SP4 David A. Dillon [CE]
SP4 Walter R. Tate Jr [G]

Long An Province

68 AVN
UH-1B
#64-14095
A/C was on an air mobile assault mission. During the landing approach, A/C was hit by enemy gunfire, exploded and crashed.

20 JUL 66

WO1 David E. Peters [AC]
1LT Colin K. Nichols [CP]
PFC Clifford L. Carpenter [CE]
PFC Charles W. Smith [G]

Pleiku Province

C/2/20 ARA
UH-1B
#62-02030
A/C shot down while conducting convoy cover along Route 14 about 25 miles south of Pleiku.

20 JUL 66

2LT Dennis B. Easley [AC]
CPT Donald C. Woodruff [CP]
PFC Douglas M. Kyser [CE]
SP4 Clifford S. Bratcher [G]
SP5 Charles S. Ridout [MD]

Vietnam

15 MED BN
UH-1D
#64-13542
A/C crashed near An Ky while flying a night medical evacuation mission.

19 JUL 66

WO1 Johnny F. Long [AC]
WO1 Jesus De La Rosa Jr [CP]
SP4 James M. Radzelovage [CE]
MSG Leroy Barnes [G]
CPT Raymond E. Johnson
MSG Yoshiiwa Nagato

Pleiku Province

119 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13891
Mid-air collision with an O-1D #57-2829 reconnaisance plane, south of LZ 35H. Mid-air occurred at approx 1500 AGL and M/R system separated from fuselage and fell into a thick grove and burst into flames.

12 JUL 66

CPT Charles R. Williams [P]
P WIA

Vietnam

145 AVN
UH-1B
#63-12940
A/C crashed during nighttime takeoff from USNS Tortuga. No visible horizon, A/C appeared to fly directly into water 10 seconds after departure. A/C failed to establish a rate of climb due to no visual reference.

11 JUL 66

PFC Robert B. Mann [CE]

Pleiku Province

119 AHC
Killed by sniper in LZ.

11 JUL 66

WO1 Jackie D. Jones [AC]
1LT James Q. Aydlett [CP]
PFC David E. Nance [CE]
SP4 Angelo J. Sferrazza [G]
9 PAX killed

Ba Xugen Province

121 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13724
A/C was flying in formation on landing approach. Trailing A/C saw an explosion in the area of the barrier filters. After a second explosion, the A/C descended vertically, the M/R separating from the A/C. The A/C crashed in an unsecured area and burned. One of the ARVN troops popped off an M-79 round accidentally that caused the crash.

05 JUL 66

CPT Neil G. Reuter [AC]
1LT Jerry A. Roberts [P]
SP4 William H. Mayhair [G]
CE WIA

Vietnam

A/502 AVN
UH-1D
#65-09793
A/C hit by recoiless rifle in a hot LZ, crashed and burned.

01 JUL 66

CPL Richard W. McGee [G]

Vietnam

A/501 AVN
UH-1B
#64-13997
Killed by small arms fire on combat support mission.

27 JUN 66

MAJ Billy J. Nave [P]
CPT Richard T. Perrin [P]
SP5 Louis E. Walton [CE]
SP4 Frank L. Gonderman [G]

Phu Yen Province

C/1/9 CAV
UH-1B
#65-09486
A/C had a mid-air collision with a UH-1B (#64-14047).

CPT Donald R. Bryant [P]
CPT Jerry W. McNabb [P]
CPL Fredrick M. Binder [CE]
PVT Jackie L. Goforth [G]

161 AHC
UH-1B
#64-14047
A/C was just leaving the Tuy Hoa airbase after refueling. At this point, it had a mid-air collision with a UH-1B (#65-09486) belonging the 1/9 CAV.

24 JUN 66

CW2 Donald C. Estes [P]
WO1 Delmas S. Townsend [P]
PFC William E. Steier [CE]
PFC Lawrence P. Lebrun [G]

Phu Yen Province

C/229 AHB
UH-1D
#63-08811
A/C hit by either AA or artillery round and exploded in air.

24 JUN 66

CPT Lawrence D. Woods [P]

Phu Yen Province

229 AHB
Shot during combat assault into LZ Apple.

17 JUN 66

PFC Gerald W. Warzecha [CE]
3 crewmembers WIA

Vietnam

A/101 AVN
UH-1
#64-13993
A/C shot down by quad .50 machine guns on a night mission over Ca Mau FB.

08 JUN 66

MAJ Phillip H. Holmes Jr [P]

Binh Long Province

A/1 AVN
UH-1B
#64-13916
Hit in groin from 12.7mm AAA on convoy support on Hwy 13 near An Loc and bled to death before he could be flown to nearest hospital.

05 JUN 66

CPT Hugh R. Nelson Jr [P]
2 WIA

Kien Tuong Province

114 AHC
UH-1B
#63-12942
A/C was on aerial recon and received small arms fire.

27 MAY 66

WO1 Eugene W. Caswell [AC]
PFC Richard E. Dabney Jr [CE]
5 ARVN PAX killed
2 WIA

Pleiku Province

155 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13599
A/C failed to clear tall trees in the takeoff path from a confined area and crashed during a troop lift south of Pleiku near Oasis.

20 MAY 66

MAJ William F. Winters [P]
PFC George H. Stahl Jr [CE]
2 WIA

Hau Nghia Province

25 AVN
UH-1D
#65-09623
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
Upon arrival at the Cu Chi Airfield the flight received permission to land and discharge their cargo; however, on base leg of the approach the lead Little Bear sustained T/R drive shaft failure, apparently caused by an empty plastic water jug falling from the A/C and striking the T/R, resulting in loss of control, causing the tailboom to separate and crash.

17 MAY 66

SP4 Preston J. Snyder [CE]
PFC Dale E. Umbenhauer [G]

Vietnam

121 AHC
UH-1B
#63-08552
Mid-air with another Huey.

17 MAY 66

CPT Arthur P. Wright [P]

Vietnam

161 AHC
UH-1B
#64-14045
A/C had been scrambled to assist a convoy under attack near Phu Cat. P was killed by small arms fire on his first mission, causing his hand to fall on the console cutting off the main fuel switch, forcing AC to autorotate into a rice paddy.

17 MAY 66

CPT Martin D. Reilly [P]
SSG Billy E. Snipes
7 WIA

Vietnam

170 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13821
A/C was taking off and M/R blades contacted a large tea tree.

06 MAY 66

WO1 Darwin H. Engman [AC]
WO1 Charles R. Lawhon [CP]
1 WIA

Vietnam

B/1/9 CAV
UH-1D
#63-12988
A/C was on final inserting a search and destroy team, picked up heavy fire. A/C crash landed in LZ. CP got out and was shot immediately.

05 MAY 66

SP4 Mac H. Meece [G]

Vietnam

162 AHC
UH-1C
#65-09433
Killed by ground fire.

04 MAY 66

PFC Rudolph Jackymack [G]
P & CE WIA

Vietnam

1 CAV
UH-1D
#63-08790
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C crashed on the Cav's base camp perimeter (the Green Line) at An Khe while ferrying acft to a nearby river where it was to be washed down. During approach to river, A/C suffered engine failure, hit the ground, bounced, and turned slightly to the right and came to rest and burned.

09 APR 66

PFC Ronnie R. Lovett* [G]
PFC Ralph S. Korolzyk
PFC Leroy Kolb Jr
PFC Wayne H. Rowland
SP4 Harry D. Woodard
6 WIA

Vietnam

162 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13857
A/C was lead on a 4-ship CA to insert a recon team from the 1 INF in the Courtney Rubber Plantation area south of Xuan Loc. On takeoff, A/C had an engine failure, hit an ant hill, broke in two, ruptured the fuel cell and caught fire just outside the airfield perimeter. *Gunner died 2 days later from burn injuries.

30 MAR 66

CPT Burton A. Blanton [P]
CPT John S. Sabine IV [P]

Pleiku Province

A/1/9 CAV
Shot down and crashed during a combat mission while replacing the Blues Platoon Leader on Chu Phong Massif.

30 MAR 66

WO1 Tyrone W. Hisey [AC]
WO1 Clyde L. Norvelle Jr [CP]
PFC L. V. Thomas Jr [G]

Pleiku Provience

B/1/9 CAV
UH-1D
#63-12968
A/C shot down approx 15 miles SW of Plei Me during a combat mission.

29 MAR 66

WO1 Raymond L. Ford [P]
WO1 Philip C. Smith [P]

Darlac Province

155 AHC
After landing their A/C at Bu Prang, the pilots wandered into an old French minefield and accidentally detonated some mines.

15 MAR 66

MAJ Don W. Chabot [P]

Darlac Province

170 AHC
UH-1D
#64-13824
Hit by small arms fire.

13 MAR 66

PFC Robert L. Dial [G]
11 WIA

Vietnam

A/227 AHB
UH-1D
#63-8849
A/C lost RPM and crashed 47km NE An Khe.

05 MAR 66

MAJ Lewis D. Bell [P]
CPT Robert M. Caliboso [CP]
SP5 Danny A. Neth [CE]
SP5 Ray M. Barnwell [G]
CPT Richard N. Gereau
SFC Gary W. Emmett

Binh Duong Province

B/1 AVN
UH-1D
#63-12995
A/C shot down by 12.7 mm Chinese AAA weapon north of Lai Khe.

20 FEB 66

CPT Marshall R. Frizzell [P]
PFC Richard P. Lancaster Jr [CE]
PFC Carroll L. Welty
8 WIA

Vietnam

A/501 AVN
UH-1D
#64-13559
The Rattlers were on an afternoon scramble with the LZ being a laterite area. The second V of 5 was taking off when the lead ship put it back on the ground. A/C was in the #3 slot (right side) behind lead and in IFR conditions (ground dust) did not know that lead stopped. A/C flew into the rotor system of lead ship.

18 FEB 66

LTC Charles M. Honour Jr [P]
CPT Albert M. Smith [P]
SP4 Gary R. Artman [CE]
SP4 Christopher J. Lantz [G]
2LT Carol A. E. Drazba
2LT Elizabeth A. Jones

Bien Hoa Province

HHC/145 AVN
UH-1C
#64-14188
The A/C, while in low-level flight, was cut in two when it hit high-tension wires (XT950020). 2 PAX were nurses with 3d Field Hospital. Honour & Jones were engaged.

18 FEB 66

PFC Reynaldo R. Cavazos [G]
SP4 Glenn V. Curry [G]
2 WIA

Vietnam

 

UH-1D
#62-12365
A/C crashed and burned after being hit by SA fire.

16 FEB 66

WO1 Ross J. Paterson [AC]
SP5 Freddie G. Lloyd [G]
P & CE WIA

Vietnam

A/2/20 ARA
UH-1B
#64-14024
According to AC, the A/C never received hostile fire before impact. The RMI had pre-cessed during flight after being caged on preflight and they had just received a H&I fire mission to the west of An Khe from Hard Anvil, directed pilot to fly west. In reality they flew more S-SW and flew into the mountain SW of An Khe.

31 JAN 66

CPT Howard E. Phillips [P]

Vietnam

B/229 AHB
A/C was approaching LZ Bird near Bong Son when a sniper fired a round that penetrated his chest causing instant death.

29 JAN 66

CW2 Clifford C. Johnson [AC]
MAJ Robert E. St. Peter [CP]
SP5 Melvin J. Stockdale [CE]
SP4 Bob C. Hunt Jr [G]
1 WIA

Vietnam

C/227 AVN
UH-1D
#63-08750
A/C lost due to ground fire.

29 JAN 66

MAJ Carl S. Miller Jr [P]

Vietnam

114 AHC
A/C was hit by small arms fire during a combat operation and pilot was fatally wounded.

28 JAN 66

SP5 Carlos Zamora Jr [CE]

Vietnam

C/229 AHB
Killed by enemy AW ground fire.

12 JAN 66

CW2 Robert M. Dowling [AC]
CW2 Russell W. Kistler [CP]
SP4 Lee E. Rosenwasser [CE]
G WIA

Vietnam

197 AHC
UH-1B
#63-08653
A/C was on combat operations near Tuy Hoa, when it was shot down by VC .30 cal AW fire. A/C was flying toward the ocean when it was hit. The A/C flew across the beach and hit in the ocean about 100 yards offshore.

10 JAN 66

SP4 Hugh F. Spain [CE]

Vietnam

A/101 AVN
Killed by a single 30 cal in chest on a scramble mission to an outpost that was being over run near Soc Trang. CE was not wearing a chest protector.

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