CW2 Billy C Bliss was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 05/12/1993 at the age of 45.4 from A/C accident
Emmett, ID
Flight Classes 68-515 and 68-27
Date of Birth 12/16/1947
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with C/3/17 CAV in 69-70
Call sign in Vietnam KAMAKAZE
This information was provided by Chuck Emmons, NTSB report, SSN deceased search

More detail on this person: Billy C. Bliss (Army Aviator and Vietnam Veteran) age 45 of Emmett, ID employed by Woody Contractors

NTSB summary: Killed in Kaman HH43F during a long line logging operation when at a hover under load a fatigue failure of the rotor transmission drive system caused main rotor pylon separation followed by inverted crash into steep terrain along the Grande Ronde River near Anatone, WA. He died 12 May 1993.

Strange things we realize so late in life. I was reviewing members of my flight school class on the VHPA site. I knew when Billy showed up at my unit in country that I knew him from some where. Only now do I realize we were in the same class. He had come to my unit to become a glamorous Loach driver. I remember teaching him how to use the minigun. After talking my head off his first attempt was better then my instruction to the point my cobra was giving him rave reviews. Anyway it doesn't show a unit for him and he was a Kamakaze in C/3/17th CAV I think he got there in early 69. I know we went on R&R in Hawaii in Sept 1969.

From: Chuck Emmons

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