CW2 John A Clark was a potential member who died during training before going to Vietnam on 08/09/1967 from A/C accident
Ft. Carson, CO
Flight Classes 67-1 and 66-23
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Alan Cook, Greg Ross, Lance Dickinson, 195 AHC 2nd PLT website

More detail on this person: UH-1 "Jesus Nut" came off. John was a former crew chief. with Donald J. Kallem.

Killed in a training accident with the 195 AHC at Ft. Carson before they deployed to Bien Hoa, RVN. with John A. Clark.

Two Ft. Carson men, one a recent bridegroom were killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash in a pasture east of Fountain.

Killed were 1st Lt. Donald J. Kallem, 23, the pilot, and WO John A. Clark, 21. They were the only two crew members aboard the turbo-jet UH-1D (Huey) helicopter.

Kallem was married July 8. His widow lives in Manitou Springs.

The helicopter crashed about two and a half hours after it took off from Butts Army Air Field on a routine operational training flight.

Ft. Carson spokesmen said this morning that it will be sometime before it can be determined what happended.

Eyewitnesses said they saw the rotor explode off the copter, but there was no sound of an explosion.

Wreckage was scattered over a half-mile area. The torso of one body was found in the burned-out craft. The other body was found about 75 feet away from the wreckage.

The crash occurred on the Andy Kane Ranch on Squirrel Creek Road, about seven miles east of Fountain.

A crew from the El Paso County Road Department witnessed the descent of the crash. One man told authorities that he saw the rotor lift from the craft as the helicopter plunged behind a hill. He did not see the crash itself.

A motorist witnessed the separation of the rotor from the craft and watched as the Huey crashed to the earth and burst into flames.

The accident happened shortly before noon Wednesday.

Kallem who entered the Army in 1961, was assigned to Ft. Carson in May of this year. In addition to his widow, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Kallem of DeKalb, Ill.

Clark was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Clark of Napa, Calif.

The Huey is being used in Vietnam and can carry 11 pasengers in additon to the crew.

From: Gazette Telegraph

Burial information: Tulocay Cemetery, Napa, CA

This information was last updated 08/24/2017

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