GRIMM MICHAEL C

LTC Michael "Mike" C Grimm was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/07/1981 at the age of 34.6 from A/C accident
Flight Class 70-36
Date of Birth 02/18/1947
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 4/47 INF 9 INF DIV in 68, 2/17 CAV 101 ABN in 70
This information was provided by R.F. Cochran, Robert S. Leith, Jr.

More detail on this person: MH-6 in TF 160 hit an electrical tower and crashed into the Cumberland River.

Was selected in 1980 as the person to form and command the aviation unit to conduct the second rescue attempt for the hostages in Iran. Continued as the Commander of that unit which eventually became Task Force 160 and is now the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Died in a crash near Fort Campbell KY, while leading a flight of MH-6 aircraft 7 October 1981. The Task Force 160 MH-6 hit an electrical tower and crashed into the Cumberland River, while leading a flight of 22 aircraft on a long range, night vision assault mission. Buried at Arlington. First tour in 4/47 Inf 9 Inf Div, Flight School then second tour 1970 with 2/17 Cav, 101st Airborne. While serving in Vietnam with 4/47th Infantry 9 Infantry Division, he was recommend for the Medal of Honor for actions in March 1968. It was downgraded to a Distinguished Service Cross. He was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame posthumously during the annual convention in Nashville April 2004. Mike was a good friend, mentor and the fiercest warrior I met in a 30 year career. Some of his significant contributions will be noted in a book that will be published in the late fall, "Night Stalkers" by Steve Hartov (coauthor of "In the Company of Heroes" with Mike Durant), it will be worth reading. A common theme in the true story of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment will be the influence, especially the early days, of Vietnam Helicopter pilots.

From: Randy Cochran

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